Jets prefer Clemens over Brunell as backup

Here’s an apt way to describe the NFL news landscape in June: Who the Jets’ players favor as their backup quarterback is making the rounds.


C’mon. Really?

Because we aim to please, here’s the latest. For over a month, the Jets have been widely rumored to be interested in veteran QB Mark Brunell, whom they can’t sign until July 22 because of the Final Eight rule unless they sign one of their own free agents first.

Apparently that bit of news hasn’t gone over well in the Jets’ locker room. The New York Daily News actually conducted a poll on the topic, and the results showed that the “overwhelming majority” of Jets favor incumbent backup Kellen Clemens over┬áBrunell if Mark Sanchez is injured in 2010.

We’re not ignoring the importance of a backup QB, who is one injury away from having a major impact on a team’s season. Just mocking that we’re actually talking about it. But we’ll see if said locker room has the ear of coach Rex Ryan, who has had good things to say about Brunell, a 17-year veteran, as a mentor.

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