Interesting week for the New York Jets. Embarrassed in New England. Sparks in the locker room at halftime. Surgery for Bryce Petty. Training staff thrown under the bus by Muhammad Wilkerson. Unfortunate comments by Darrelle Revis.
We'll cap the week (and the regular season) with our question of the week, focusing on -- what else? -- the quarterback situation.
@RichCimini: Clearly, the Buffalo Bills aren't committed to Taylor. Otherwise, they'd be playing him Sunday against the Jets instead of putting him in bubble wrap, fearing an injury that would put them on the hook for major bucks. They have until March 11 to decide whether to exercise Taylor's option for the 2018 through 2021 season. He will be guaranteed $30.75 million if the Bills exercise the option, or he will be guaranteed $27.5 million if they decline the option but keep him on their roster past March 12.
The next coach will have a lot to say about Taylor's future, but it sure sounds like he'll become a free agent. Would the Jets be interested? It depends on a number of factors. Let's start with coaching and scheme.
Taylor would be a bad fit in Chan Gailey's offense, which spreads the field with receivers and requires the quarterback to make quick decisions. That's not Taylor's game. Right now, he's in a run-oriented, old-school offense that protects him from being the focal point. He's really just a game manager. He also takes a lot of sacks (a league-high 42), which would drive Gailey nuts. If the Jets have a new coordinator next season, a possibility, it changes everything.
Before they make any quarterback moves, the Jets must determine their confidence level in Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. If they believe one can develop into a competent starter by 2018, they'd only need a stop-gap quarterback in 2017. I suspect Taylor, making $9.5 million this year, will be looking for more than a prove-it deal even though he still has to ... well, prove it. If they could get Taylor for $9.5 million, with the flexibility to cut him after a year, yeah, it would make some sense. That would be a reasonable price for a starting quarterback.
The biggest positive about Taylor is that he doesn't throw a lot of interceptions -- only 12 over the last two seasons (816 attempts). That's the main reason why his QBR is a solid 67.3. In reality, he's not as good as the number. Nevertheless, his ball security would appeal to the Jets, who have been plagued by interceptions for ... oh, the last decade. Consider: Ryan Fitzpatrick has 17 interceptions in 373 attempts this season.
Lastly, we should mention one reason not to like Taylor for the Jets. Rex Ryan loves the kid and, considering his track record with quarterbacks, that might be the kiss of death.