If we draft a QB it has to be a long-term move, I think the sports writers need to give up the "Ryan is looking for the next Flacco" BS. Odds are strongly against a quarterback having any kind of success in their rookie season, especially a bunch of junior quarterbacks like this year's class.
Beyond that, the "these quarterbacks lack experience" point that people try to make is ridiculous also. I was listening to some guy on ESPN talking about how the three guys on the Jets roster have a combined 8 starts, and use that as a reason to draft a QB. How much more experience is a rookie quarterback going to add?
If this team has taken a look at their quarterbacks and decided they want to develop a guy long-term because the current answer isn't on the roster and they find a guy in this draft they they think can be the long-term answer, fine. It kind of explains why we haven't looked at a veteran yet, as I assume signing a veteran would make sense after drafting a guy to start this year. Sign the guy to start for a year or two, cut Clemens, let Ratliff and Ainge battle it out to be a long-term backup, and start to develop a guy.
I still think that's giving up on our younger guys a little early, and isn't a realistic scenario. But drafting a guy would probably signal that Schottenheimer, Cavanaugh, maybe Ryan, has can tell from practice that nobody we have now is going to fit the offense we want to run, or be able to start in the NFL.
But the pieces just don't seem to come together, I don't think drafting a quarterback makes sense right now with the young guys on the roster that haven't been afforded an opportunity.
What makes the most sense to me is the staff understanding that we have some talented young guys and they should be given an opportunity to see what they've got. But in New York saying "Hey, we've been putting a lot into this team, but we've got three unproven quarterbacks that we want to give a shot. So we're not going to draft a guy, we're not going to sign a vet or trade for a guy, but we're going to take a shot in the dark and see what happens with these three." is not going to fly. So throw out some rumors that we're interested in Jay Cutler, interested in drafting a QB, trying to address the situation, and then just ignore them and go with the guys we've got. Otherwise we'll be going balls out for something and I'm sure we'll figure out it's a need. But what makes the most sense, based on the situation, to me, is all of the QB interest just being a massive smokescreen.