Positional analysis: Quarterback

February, 4, 2013
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The 2012 season came to an end Sunday night with Super Bowl XLVII, so we turn our attention to 2013 with a nine-part analysis of the Jets -- a position-by-position breakdown as we head toward the scouting combine and free agency:

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QUARTERBACK

2012 depth chart: Mark Sanchez (starter), Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy.

Overview: The season was, in a word, terrible. Sanchez committed 26 turnovers, lost his job, regained it because of a McElroy concussion and finished with another poor performance. Tebow never got a chance, in part, because he clashed with coordinator Tony Sparano, who either didn't know how to use him or didn't want to use him. It truly was a three-quarterback circus, mismanaged by Rex Ryan, who nearly paid with his job.

Free agents: None.

2013 personnel preview: The position will have a different look. The plan is to find a short-term fix while developing someone for the future. Tebow wants out, and he'll get his wish. It'll be an open competition in training camp, with Sanchez battling the most competent, cost-effective veteran they can find. The options include Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn, Matt Moore and, perhaps, Alex Smith, although he probably will be too rich for the Jets' blood.

If new GM John Idzik picks a quarterback on the second day of the draft, it could be curtains for McElroy. Idzik's ultimate wish, of course, is to strike gold with another Russell Wilson.

Salary-cap situation: Sanchez has a $12.8 million cap charge, and they can't unload him because of an $8.25 million guarantee. Basically, they're stuck in a stale marriage, hoping new OC Marty Mornhinweg can work a miracle with the former franchise-type QB. Sanchez's cap number is so high it will prevent them from acquiring an expensive alternative -- not that there are any surefire solutions out there.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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