Jets starting QBs since 2000 include Aaron Rodgers, Zach Wilson, Sam Darnold, Josh McCown, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mark Sanchez, Brett Favre and Geno Smith. 

Joe Namath remains the only Jets quarterback in history to lead them to a Super Bowl victory. 

After Rodgers' injury incident, New York Jets quarterback options are Zach Wilson, Jameis Winston, Cooper Rush, and Carson Wentz. 

Zach Wilson Jets quarterback is ready to take over as the starting QB following Aaron's season-ending injury. 

The backup quarterback for Jets are names such as Zach Wilson, Tim Boyle, Blake Bortles, Nick Foles, Joe Flacco, and Carson Wentz will be discussed. 

Jets QBs Last 10 Years

Aaron Rodgers2023
Zach Wilson, Mike White, Joe Flacco2022
Zach Wilson, Mike White, Joe Flacco, Josh Johnson2021
Sam Darnold, Joe Flacco2020
Sam Darnold, Luke Falk, Trevor Siemian2019
Sam Darnold, Josh McCown2018
Josh McCown, Bryce Petty2017
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith2016
Ryan Fitzpatrick2015
Geno Smith, Michael Vick2014
Geno Smith2013

Aaron Rodgers - 2023

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Aaron Rodgers is second on the NFL's all-time regular season career passer with a rating over 100 while also having the highest passer rating. 

Rodgers was traded to the NFL team New York Jets starting QBs on 26 April 2023 along with the Packers' first and 5th round selections in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Not only that but the move echoed the career path of his predecessor Brett Favre who similarly spent over 15 years as QB of the Packers before being traded to the NY Jets.

He announced that he would return to wearing the number 8 jersey which was very special for him. The reason behind the no 8 jersey, he had worn it throughout his college career with the California Golden Bears.

He has led the NFL 6 times in touchdown-to-interception caught ratio (2011, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2020, 2021), six times in lowest passing interception percentage (2009, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), and four times in passer rating (2011, 2012, 2020, 2021). 

Aaron was traded to the Jets last spring and went down after four snaps with a torn left Achilles. The backup quarterback for Aaron Rodgers is 2021 first-round pick Zach Wilson. 


Zach Wilson [2021 - 2022]

Zach Wilson is a famous American football QB for the NYJets of the NFL who played college football at BYU, where he was a 2-time bowl game MVP.

Wilson talked about taking over as the Jets starting QB once again following Rodgers' Achilles Injury in week 1 of the 2023 NFL season

Furthermore, the former BYU quarterback threw a touchdown pass in New York's 22-16 overtime win over the Bills. 

He finished the game 14/21 passing for 140 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also ran the ball 4 times for six yards, sacked twice, and posted a rating of 81.4.

Zach and the NY Jets opened their 2023 regular season against the NFL team Buffalo Bills on 11 September. During the first drive on offense, Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles injury and he entered the game.

Sam Darnold [2018 - 2020]

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Sam Darnold has a 13-25 win-loss record with the New York Jets in his NFL career.

Darnold played college football at the University of Southern California where he became the first freshman to win the Archie Griffin Award. Not only that but he was selected third overall by the Jets in the 2018 NFL draft. 

He was the youngest opening-day starting quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger at the age of 21. 

In his early NFL career, he was selected by the Jets in the first round with the third over selection of the 2018 NFL draft. He signed a 4-year deal worth $30.25 million fully guaranteed featuring a $20 million signing bonus with the Jets on 30 July 2018.

Moreover, he finished the 2020 NFL season with 2208 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and 11 interceptions to go along with 217 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in 12 games as the NY Jets finished 2-14.

Josh McCown - 2017

Josh McCown signed a one-year $6 million contract with the NFL team New York Jets on 20 March 2017. 

In his professional NFL career, he spent his career as a QB playing for 12 different NFL teams.

McCown retired from the NFL after the 2018 season and joined ESPN as an analyst but returned to the NFL during the preseason and joined the Eagles. 

Career history as a quarterback:

  • Arizona Cardinals (2002-2005)
  • Detroit Lions (2006)
  • Oakland Raiders (2007)
  • Miami Dolphins (2008)
  • Carolina Panthers (2008-2009)
  • Hartford Colonials (2010)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2011)
  • Chicago Bears (2011-2013)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014)
  • Cleveland Browns (2015-2016)
  • New York Jets (2017-2018)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2019-2020)
  • Houston Texans (2020)

As a coach: 

  • Carolina Panthers (2023 - Present)

Ryan Fitzpatrick [2015 - 2016]

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The New York Jets have a win-loss record of 14-16 with Ryan Fitzpatrick in his NFL career. 

Fitzpatrick was selected by the NFL team Rams in the 7th round of the 2005 NFL Draft. His longest tenure was with the Buffalo Bills for 4 seasons while his only two winning seasons were with the 2015 New York Jets and the 2020 Miami Dolphins.

Not only that but he started at quarterback for 9 different teams. He is also the only NFL player to have both a passing and rushing touchdown with eight different teams.  

Career history as a quarterback:

  • St. Louis Rams (2005-2006)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2007-2008)
  • Buffalo Bills (2009-2012)
  • Tennessee Titans (2013)
  • Houston Texans (2014)
  • New York Jets (2015-2016)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017-2018)
  • Miami Dolphins (2019-2020)
  • Washington Football Team (2021) 

NFL statistics: 

  • TD–INT:  223-169
  • Passing yards:    34,990
  • Completion percentage: 60.7
  • Passer rating: 82.3
  • Rushing yards: 2,625
  • Rushing touchdowns: 21

Geno Smith [2013-2014]

Geno Smith has a win-loss record of 12-21 with the Jets in his NFL career.

Smith played college football at West Virginia where he led the Mountaineers to multiple bowl games, broke numerous passing records, and garnered multiple awards before getting drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. 

Furthermore, he eventually lost his starting position due to injuries in his final two years with the team after two inconsistent seasons as the Jets starting QB.

Career history as a QB:

  • New York Jets (2013-2016)
  • New York Giants (2017)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (2018)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2019-present)

Career highlights and awards:

  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2022)
  • Pro Bowl (2022)
  • NFL completion percentage leader (2022)
  • First team All-Big East (2011)
  • Second team All-Big 12 (2012)
  • Second team All-Big East (2010)

Mark Sanchez [2009 - 2012]

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Mark Sanchez had a win/loss record of 33-29 with the Jets in his NFL career.

In his early career, he played college football for the USC Trojans and was selected by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Moreover, Sanchez is currently a color analyst for NFL coverage on Fox and Fox Sports 1.

Career history

  • New York Jets (2009-2013)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2014-2015)
  • Denver Broncos (2016)*
  • Dallas Cowboys (2016)
  • Chicago Bears (2017)
  • Washington Redskins (2018)

Career NFL statistics

  • Completion %: 56.6
  • TD–INT: 86-89
  • Passing yards: 15,357
  • Passer rating: 73.2

Brett Favre - 2008

Brett Favre had 9-7 win-loss records with the NFL team New York Jets in his career.

The Packers traded him to the Jets on 7 August 2008 in exchange for a conditional 4-round pick after negotiations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft with performance escalation.

Moreover, he passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns in a 20–14 victory over the Miami Dolphins in his Jets debut match. 

NFL Records

Brett owns several NFL records including:

  • Most consecutive games started streak: 297 (321 including playoffs)
  • Most pass interceptions: 336

Chad Pennington [2002 -2007]

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Chad Pennington played 11 NFL seasons for the Jets and Dolphins where he threw for 17,823 yards and 102 touchdowns.

In his early NFL career, he played college football at Marshall University where he won the Sammy Baugh Trophy and was selected by the NFL team New York Jets in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft. 

He emerged as the Jets starting QB after filling in for Vinny Testaverde during the 5th game of the 2020 season after making only 3 appearances during his first two seasons. 

Awards and highlights

  • 2 times AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year: 2006, 2008
  • 2 times PFWA NFL Comeback Player of the Year: 2006, 2008
  • PFWA Most Improved Player of the Year: 2002
  • 2 times  NFL Pass Completion Percentage Leader: 2002, 2008
  • NFL Passer Rating Leader: 2002

Brooks Bollinger - 2005

Brooks Bollinger was selected in the 6th round by the New York Jets in the 2003 Draft out of Wisconsin.

Bollinger has played seven seasons of NFL for the Jets (2003 - 2005), Vikings (2005 - 2008), and Cowboys (2008-2011). He also suited up for the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, and Minnesota Vikings before retiring from football in 2011.

In his professional NFL career, he spent the entire year on the bench while Vinny Testaverde and Chad Pennington led the team as starting QBs of the Jets. 

Brooks got the chance to play for the team when he replaced an injured Quincy Carter to take his first snap in an NFL game against Arizona in 2004. He completed 5 of 9 passes for 60 yards. 

Vinny Testaverde [2000 - 2001]

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Vinny Testaverde had a passer rating of 80.5 with 13,405 yards, 81 touchdowns, and 61 interceptions in 69 games for the NY Jets quarterbacks history in the regular season and playoffs in his NFL career.

Testaverde joined the Jets where he achieved his greatest NFL success in 1998. He led the Jets back to the playoffs where they lost in the first round to the Oakland Raiders in 2001. 

NFL Records 

  • Most losses as a starting quarterback (123)
  • 2nd Most players throwing a touchdown pass to (70)
  • Most players complete a pass to (134 -138)

Buccaneers Franchise Records

  • Most times sacked (197)[29]
  • Most interceptions thrown in a season - 35 (1988)
  • Most interceptions thrown in a career - 112 (1987 - 1992)

New York Jets Franchise Records

  • Most 4th quarter comeback wins in a single season - 5 (2001)
  • Most game-winning drives in a single season - 5 (2001)