I am talking to an NFL general manager not long ago about the Jets, and the guy starts talking about the Giants, the move Ernie Accorsi made for Eli Manning in the 2004 draft, one of the biggest trades in the history of New York sports teams, one of the best, one of the most important.

“When you wait and wait and finally get your shot at the guy you want, you better be right,” the guy said. “The Jets made their big move on Sanchez and turned out to be wrong.”

Put it another way: If 35-year-old David Garrard is a viable alternative to beat out Mark Sanchez and be the Jets quarterback next season, so is Fireman Ed.

So maybe the next time the Jets take a quarterback in the first round of the draft, they will have to convince themselves the guy is a sure-thing, surefire mortal lock. That is probably why the most exciting quarterback in this upcoming draft — Geno Smith of West Virginia — will end up being drafted by Buffalo or Arizona before the Jets would even have to consider taking him at No. 9.

So the Jets will probably go for another pass rusher or a wide receiver. And if you are a Jets fan, that means you go into next season without a single offensive player you want to watch. If Darrelle Revis stays and is healthy enough to be the player he was, your very best player will continue to be a cornerback other teams stay away from on Sunday.