New York Jets: Top 5 quarterbacks in franchise history

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Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets fans celebrate a touchdown by New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (not pictured) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 30-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Ken O’Brien

In the 1983 NFL Draft, the Jets used the 24th overall pick on quarterback Ken O’Brien. Quickly after the Jets drafted O’Brien, they knew they missed out on Dan Marino, who was taken three picks later. O’Brien wasn’t as good as Marino, but he was pretty good as the Jets’ starting quarterback.

O’Brien would play nine seasons with the Jets and made the Pro Bowl twice as a Jet. In nine seasons, O’Brien had a 50-55-1 record with three trips to the NFL Playoffs. O’Brien and the Jets however didn’t have any success in those three trips to the playoffs, as they lost all three games.

In the regular season, O’Brien totaled 24,386 passing yards, 124 passing touchdowns, and 95 interceptions.

It was a solid career for O’Brien, but the Jets would have certainly rather had Marino in that 1983 NFL Draft.

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