The search for a veteran quarterback may lead the Jets to consider recently released former Brown Derek Anderson, a high school and college rival of Kellen Clemens. It would give the Jets a chance to bring in a 26 year old former Pro Bowler. That begs the question of why a 26 year old Pro Bowl quarterback is available, though. The short story is Anderson was a one year wonder.
2007 was a magical year for Anderson. He threw for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns. He helped Braylon Edwards to the receiver's best year as a pro. Cleveland registered a surprising 10 wins.
That was the only time in his career Anderson was ever productive. He's spent the rest of the time hovering between bad and just ghastly. Even in that career year, there were signs his play was a fluke. His 56.6 completion percentage and 19 interceptions showed a lack of accuracy and sound decision making suggesting it was something of a fluke. The past two years have made that case. He hasn't even completed half of his passes in that time. In 7 starts in 2009, he threw for 3 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 44.5%.
He may be young. He may have a solid relationship with Braylon Edwards. He may have had that one good year. The offense he had that year was similar to the one Brian Schottenheimer runs. The fact of the matter is he is a bad quarterback. Based on what he showed last year, Kellen Clemens actually might be better than him. Until he proves otherwise, his success that one year looks like a fluke.
I vote don't pursue.
How do you vote?