It's an understandable request from a fan base desperate for signs of hope. At 4-6, the Jets are virtually eliminated from postseason contention. With a draft class on the horizon littered with quarterback talent, it's time to see if Christian Hackenberg can play.

If he can? The Jets have their quarterback of the future. If he can't? They'll draft another in five months.

Only one issue: The Jets have no plans of benching their current starter, 38-year-old Josh McCown. Public opinion be damned.

"This isn't Triple-A," quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said Tuesday. "We're going to play the best players that give us an opportunity to win at all positions. That's our philosophy. Josh is our starter."

Hackenberg, 22, is arguably the most polarizing player in the locker room. Despite the team's desperate need for a future at quarterback, the Jets seem hell-bent on keeping their 2016 second-round pick on the bench.

But Hackenberg isn't just sitting. He's buried on the depth chart. And it's been that way since he arrived in Florham Park.

As a rookie, Hackenberg red-shirted. He sat behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty, and only elevated to the backup role when Smith and Petty suffered season-ending injuries.