Originally posted on Sportsnaut  |  By Vincent Frank  |  Last updated 1/5/17

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan didn't exactly give a ringing endorsement to Christian Hackenberg. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets’ quarterback situation this past regular season was absolutely disastrous. The likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Geno Smith combined to throw 16 touchdowns compared to 25 interceptions. Needless to say, the substandard play at quarterback is one of the reasons the Jets finished with a disappointing five wins.

Despite this, rookie second-round pick Christian Hackenberg did not see the field for a single snap. In fact, New York started Fitzpatrick in its meaningless Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills.

On the surface, that makes absolutely no sense. Why not go with a young quarterback and give him an opportunity to get some experience as his rookie season concludes?

That’s until we realize the feeling within the Jets’ organization is that Hackenberg was absolutely nowhere near ready to play. This is a stance that general manager Mike Maccagnan repeated on Thursday.

Calling a player that just finished his rookie season a “prospect” can be taken just one way. That’s usually reserved for actual prospects. You know, those individuals teams study heading into draft season. It’s not a term front office executives tend to use when talking about players currently on the roster.

The signals we seem to be getting from New York’s front office is that Hackenberg is nothing more than a project. He’s years away from being considered a starter-caliber quarterback. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for late-round picks. Quarterbacks selected in that area of the draft are usually deemed projects. This most definitely isn’t the case for those selected in the second round.

Why is this terminology important? New York heads into the offseason with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith as good as gone. That leaves Petty and Hackenberg as only two holdovers at quarterback. This seems to be an indication that the Jets will either draft a quarterback high or find a stopgap option in the veteran market.

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QUIZ: Name every prominent quarterback in the history of the New York Jets

While there are obscure quarterbacks who threw passes for the New York Jets, the QBs featured (including some all-time greats) in this quiz were the ‘top passer’ for the team that year, according to the number of yards passing. We have identified 22 (with some repeats), how many of them can you name?

Clue: Years active

Note: The Jets were called the New York Titans from 1960-1962.

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1960-1961
Al Dorow
1962
Johnny Green
1963-1964
Dick Wood
1965-1969
Joe Namath
1970
Al Woodall
1971
Bob Davis
1972
Joe Namath
1973
Al Woodall
1974-1976
Joe Namath
1977
Richard Todd
1978
Matt Robinson
1979-1983
Richard Todd
1984
Pat Ryan
1985-1991
Ken O'Brien
1992
Browning Nagle
1993-1995
Boomer Esiason
1996
Frank Reich
1997
Neil O'Donnell
1998
Vinny Testaverde
1999
Ray Lucas
2000-2001
Vinny Testaverde
2002-2004
Chad Pennington
2005
Brooks Bollinger
2006-2007
Chad Pennington
2008
Brett Favre
2009-2012
Mark Sanchez
2013-2014
Geno Smith
2015-2016
Ryan Fitzpatrick
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