Ranking the Jets quarterback options for 2023 from worst to best

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Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
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3. Jets’ quarterback options – Jimmy Garoppolo

The most popular option linked to the Jets during the season was Garoppolo, who has always found a way to win and ran a variation of the offense New York operated with during the season. The San Francisco 49ers came within a quarter of a Super Bowl victory under Garoppolo, who also took them back to the NFC Championship Game in 2021 and was on track to do so again this season before a broken foot ended his season shortly after Thanksgiving.

This option has lost a bit of stock after the Jets moved on from Mike LaFleur as their offensive coordinator since he operated the exact same scheme as the one that Garoppolo was so successful in with San Francisco. New York’s new offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett, does run a slightly different scheme but it is one that Garoppolo can win with.

The roster that New York has right now is very similar to the one that Garoppolo led to a Super Bowl in San Francisco as a young and dynamic defense was supported by an offense laden with playmakers. The 49ers have been eager to move from Garoppolo, however, feeling that he has a ceiling that makes it harder to win a title.

There is also significant injury risk with Garoppolo, who has missed significant time in two of the past three seasons. An injury to Garoppolo would put Wilson back under center, which would essentially set the Jets back to the spot they were in throughout the 2022 campaign.