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Report: Jets consider JaMarcus Russell

1/29/2013

The New York Jets have to be kidding, right?

Few things surprise me anymore when covering the NFL. But the Newark Star-Ledger's report of the Jets having "exploratory" discussions regarding quarterback JaMarcus Russell is one of those instances.

Russell quickly flamed out as a No. 1 overall pick in 2007. He had weight problems, work ethic questions and other issues during his three-year stint with the Oakland Raiders. But Russell, 27, declared he is ready to make an NFL comeback, and reportedly that has caught the Jets' attention.

New York obviously is looking for a quarterback after the Mark Sanchez debacle last season. But who knew the Jets were this desperate?

New Jets general manager John Idzik must have a better plan than this. Replacing a quarterback draft bust (Sanchez) with an even bigger draft bust (Russell) is not a formula for success.

Idzik recently said he's "comfortable" with Sanchez at quarterback. But if the Jets' backup plans include shaky options like Russell, Idzik should get a lot more comfortable with the idea of starting Sanchez in 2013.