New York Jets coach Todd Bowles has named quarterback Josh McCown the starter after an unorthodox job competition this summer, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
Now in his 15th NFL season, McCown was able to fend off 2016 second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg, and, to a lesser extent, third-year signal caller Bryce Petty to earn the job. What made the battle so unusual is McCown did not practice or play as often as the others during training camp and the preseason, as Bowles opted to take a closer look at the young talent.
McCown winning the job at 38 years old while taking a fraction of the snaps is as much an indictment of Hackenberg and McCown as anything.
McCown spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns before signing with New York as a free agent in March. He completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 7.0 yards per attempt with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while guiding Cleveland to a 1-10 record in 11 starts and 13 games.
What McCown’s victory means for the Jets
While McCown may have come out on top, his presence under center likely won’t result in many more wins for New York. Knowing that speaks to just how badly the franchise has fouled up the quarterback situation.
In the short term, McCown should give the Jets an air of competence the others cannot. However, once the facade of competing for a playoff spot wears off sometime around the end of September, the team might as well just plug Hackenberg in there and see what he can do. In all honesty, what’s the difference?