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Jets made a big mistake with Josh McCown

Aug 12, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) warms up before game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) warms up before game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Quarterback Josh McCown isn’t exactly a winning quarterback yet the New York Jets felt he was worth bringing in for a season that is shaping up to be a disaster.

The New York Jets have made a huge mistake with the deal they just gave quarterback Josh McCown. Set to make $6M in 2017 on a one-year deal, if the Jets have to resort at any point for him to start next season, they’re going to be in for a rude awakening.

McCown is going to be in town for a year, and the Jets are clearly in rebuild mode and were quite desperate to fill this quarterback gap that they have been dealing with for quite some time. While it is true that the veteran McCown, 37 years of age, would be a positive and well-experienced mentor to both Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, he is not the long-term answer or solution that will best fit the team’s needs.

McCown has posted up 18 wins and 42 losses in 60 games started. The Jets could have upgraded more from a signing of Jay Cutler, who, with a stronger arm and great playing resume, 139 games played, with 69 wins, and 72 losses total, is a more suited veteran. That is a much better playing resume than the one of McCown.

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With Cutler no longer an option, the Jets should hope McCown can get things done for them. Cutler would have been a great fit, as well as Colin Kaepernick, as much as fans dislike him, this is about football. Kaepernick plays with passion, and both would have been better signings than McCown. What happens if Petty or Hackenberg don’t live up to expectations or get injured? Seeing McCown on the field starting under center will be a nightmare unfolding before our very eyes.

If McCown is simply used as just a veteran backup with no plans to start next season, then it might very well work out. If Petty and Hackenberg do indeed grow and learn from all that McCown is showing them, this move can very well surprise many.

Plus who knows, when the two young quarterbacks gain insight and skills learned from McCown on this team, things could start getting better slowly. However, there are good things that can come out of this seemingly and potentially disastrous move that that the Jets have just made. Certainly will be interesting to see how McCown adjusts to being a quarterback in the city that never sleeps.

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