Longevity means one thing within the NFL, particularly at quarterback. It is why Giants followers misplaced their minds when Eli Manning’s ironman streak of consecutive begins ended at 210, because of Ben McAdoo. And it is why Josh McCown, at age 38, appreciates his present state of affairs.
Todd Bowles on Wednesday confirmed a notion he’d been hinting at for the final a number of weeks: Barring damage, McCown will begin the ultimate 4 video games of this 2017 for the Jets, who stay on the fringes of the AFC playoff image after a house victory over the Chiefs final weekend.
For McCown, this can be a probability to start out sixteen video games for the primary time in his 15-yr NFL profession. (At minimal, he’ll tie a profession excessive in begins when he takes the sector Sunday in Denver, with thirteen.) For Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, this probably means ready at the very least one other offseason for a chance to start out — in New York or elsewhere.
“Definitely it is one thing that I want to accomplish, there is no doubt about it,” stated McCown, who gained AFC Offensive Participant of the Week after totaling 331 passing yards and three touchdowns (two dashing) towards Kansas Metropolis. “It is a one-recreation-at-a-time mentality, however I’ve a ton of respect for the blokes which have performed and began for a very long time in consecutive video games, whether or not it is (Brett) Favre, or Tom (Brady) or Peyton and Eli (Manning), all these guys. It is spectacular what these guys have been capable of do and so for me simply to exit, particularly at this level in my profession, and get sixteen video games is one thing to be pleased with.”
The chances have been stacked towards McCown to start this season, each due to his age and the state of the group. Two younger quarterbacks waited behind McCown on the depth chart, and it appeared solely a matter of time earlier than certainly one of them took over beneath middle. Common supervisor Mike Maccagnan reduce a slew of veteran gamers within the offseason, establishing a major tanking state of affairs. Pundits throughout the nation believed the Jets can be vying for the No. 1 general decide.
And but getting into Week 14, the Jets stay mathematically in playoff rivalry. McCown is enjoying one of the best soccer of his profession and is the primary cause the workforce is on this place.
Bowles has no selection however to proceed enjoying him. Petty and Hackenberg should settle for that reality.
“As a competitor, you clearly…