The query that has loomed over this shocking Jets workforce was lastly given a definitive reply on Wednesday.
Barring an damage, Josh McCown would be the beginning quarterback for the remaining 4 weeks, which means that the journeyman will play an entire season for the primary time in his sixteen-yr profession. That additionally means Jets followers gained’t see Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg in any respect, as many thought they might.
Hackenberg, a second-spherical decide in 2016 out of Penn State, will thus go two full years with out seeing common-season motion.
Coach Todd Bowles has beforehand implied McCown would keep his job, however he left little doubt this time round.
“I’ve been saying that,” stated Bowles, when requested the lingering query.
So McCown would be the man the remainder of the best way?
“That’s what I’ve been saying,” he repeated.
With a playoff spot nonetheless up for grabs, albeit an extended shot, and McCown performing in addition to he has — incomes AFC Offensive Participant of the Week honors for his 313 yards and three complete touchdowns (one passing, two dashing) towards Kansas Metropolis — this choice shouldn’t alarm anybody.
It got here as no shock to McCown. This was the objective, and the assumption, from Day 1.
“It’s all the time good [to hear that], however that was my plan and my expectation,” he stated following apply Wednesday in Florham Park. “To listen to that I assume simply reaffirms it. However I had each expectation of doing that anyway.
“As a competitor, you anticipate to play properly, and your aim is to play nicely. In order that was my mindset going into every week. I respect [Bowles] saying that, however for me, my mindset — I feel each man on this locker room — when your quantity is known as, you play till they inform you you’re not in. That hasn’t modified.”
Hackenberg, who has apparently discovered quite a bit from McCown, absolutely understands this determination.
“Josh has performed rather well. I don’t see why [Bowles] would go for a change,” he stated. “He’s performed at a very excessive degree. It’s been actually good to observe. Simply how he works, how he operates, how he performs. He’s earned that. So I don’t actually see why it’s an enormous deal.”
Hackenberg is true. His mentor has earned the fitting to maintain going, main a staff that some predicted would go zero-sixteen to a 5-7 mark by means of the primary 12 video games. McCown’s sixty eight % completion price ranks fourth within the NFL, and amongst gamers with extra that 205 move makes an attempt McCown is tenth in passer score (ninety six.7). He has tossed a profession-excessive 18 touchdowns…