The New York Jets announced on Monday that quarterback Josh McCown will be their opening day starter, which was surprising because the Jets had better options at quarterback a season ago but let them walk in the offseason. If you bet on NFL this season be careful with the Jets, who will likely have the worst record at the end of the season.
The Jets are handing the reigns of the offense over to a 38-year-old journeyman who has lost 20 of his last 22 starts, instead of giving their young quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg a chance.
According to head coach Todd Bowles, who made the announcement on Monday, McCown gives the Jets the best chance to win right now because he has a better grasp of the offense than the other quarterbacks do.
Bowles insisted that the other quarterbacks have improved significantly, but McCown is still the best option due to what he has shown the coaching staff in training camp and his limited preseason action.
Sources close to the Jets say the three quarterbacks went into training c amp competing for the starting job, and Bowles secretly wanted Hackenberg to win the job but McCown performed better, which is why the coach decided to name him the starter.
If the Jets were really serious about winning, they could have made a play for free agents like Jay Cutler or Colin Kaepernick, or they could have resigned Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who have played in Bowles system and understand it better than any of the three quarterbacks they currently have on their roster.
The fact that the Jets got rid of their most talented players shows they aren’t serious about winning this year and are trying to be bad enough to get the top pick in the draft.
During the preseason, Hackenberg received the most playing time, but the young quarterback struggled in the three games he started. Despite his struggles, Bowles said he wasn’t disappointed in the young quarterback because he feels he still benefited from the extra playing time he received.
Even though the starter has been named, Bowles is still waiting to decide who the backup quarterback will be when the season starts, and he isn’t expected to make the announcement until the team opens up the season against the Buffalo Bills. He also didn’t rule out any of the three quarterbacks playing in the preseason finale.
When reached for comment, Hackenberg said he is not disappointed in the decision because their head coach made what was the best decision for the team, and he has no choice but to trust the coach’s decision.
Hackenberg threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and had a 65.1 passer rating in the preseason. In the 22 offensive possessions he played in, he only led one touchdown score, which came against the New York Giants backups in the last preseason game, after he returned to the game to replace an injured Petty.
McCown on the other hand sat out the last two games because the coach wanted to evaluate the younger talent. The journeyman quarterback, who signed a one-year $6 million deal with the team in March, said he is looking forward to playing the best ball he has ever played.