Labor Day is right around the corner, and the New York Jets prepare for the 4th preseason game tomorrow night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Fans received news that Josh McCown has been named the starting quarterback for the first season game.
Please notice it doesn't say that fans have received exciting news. No, we are about to start the season with a quarterback that is 2-20 in his last three years. He's 38 years old. McCown has played for 8 different teams with some pretty poor stats over the past 14 years; he's completed 59.1 percent of his passes, averaged 6.7 yards per attempt, he's thrown 79 touchdowns and 69 interceptions with a 78.2 passer rating.
Head Coach Todd Bowles is quoted as saying that McCown gives the Jets "the best chance to win." 38 year old McCown needs to make a quick call to Gisele Bundchen for a copy of her husband's diet and workout regimen and get on it right away.
Some fans had hopes that Christian Hackenberg would be the winner of the three-man quarterback competition but he fizzled after being given several opportunities to win the starting job. He struggled in the preseason, going 32 of 52 for 267 yards (5.1 yards per attempt), one touchdown, two picks and an overall 65.1 percent passing rating.
I'm almost at a loss for words with this team.
I am a big fan of Bryce Petty. Unfortunately for him, Petty had some shoulder injuries last year and in last Saturday night's preseason loss to the Giants, he suffered a grade 1 sprain of his MCL. Petty has been around the team since he was drafted by the New York Jets in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Petty's young; his NFL statistics are pretty much on par with McCown's stats for the past 14 years. Since Petty is out for who knows how long, we are left with McCown.
Why does it appear to me the New York Jets quarterback coaches aren't committed to grooming someone for the position for the long haul. Petty's been there, waiting for help. This feeling goes back years. Mark Sanchez was hot the first two years, remember. After all, he was one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history (including Ben Roethlisberger) to reach the conference championship in his first two seasons in the league. He struggled the next two seasons and who really knows if it was him or the lack of proper coaching.
Yeah, once again I have to sigh and say I'm at a loss for words. This time I mean it. Do we really need to sink so low that we lose 16 games to start the quarterback competition again next year?