After a short hiatus, the New York Jets mailbag is back. Naturally, our question of the week involves the quarterback position.

@RichCimini: In fact, this is the 20-year anniversary of the Peyton Manning blow-off. Diehard fans will recall the Jets had the No. 1 overall pick in 1997, but they never got a chance to consider Manning because he decided to stay in school. Maybe it would’ve turned out differently if Bill Parcells had promised Archie Manning that he’d pick his son — they had two conversations before Peyton’s decision — but Parcells made no such guarantee, citing the league’s anti-tampering rules. I always found that amusing. Since when did Parcells, who flirted with the Jets while under contract with the New England Patriots, worry about bending the rules?

Fast-forward to the present: We’ve already seen stories that Sam Darnold might stay at USC instead of declaring for the 2018 draft. He’s staying. He’s going. He’s staying. He’s going. The stories and the speculation will continue into January, when he’ll have to make a decision. My advice to Jets fans: Don’t get caught up in it because it will drive you mad. You’ll have enough agita from the season, so there’s no point in fretting over the whims of a 20-year-old quarterback.

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