As the New York Jets prepare to eventually announce a new starting quarterback this offseason, Josh McCown is ready to do his best and groom the young players around him for a brighter future.
Make no mistake about it, the New York Jets brought in Josh McCown for a few reasons. First off, despite not having much of a winning record, he does bring a plethora of experience to the table. Secondly, he makes for a good insurance policy in case things don’t work out with Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. Injuries or a decline in play could put McCown in a position to get under center and do his best at some point this upcoming season.
The biggest reason the Jets brought him in is mainly to help coach, train, and mentor both Petty and Hackenberg to get them ready for the next step. Petty seems to be the most talented of the bunch and all eyes are on him to compete and earn the next starting quarterback position of the Jets.
McCown was only signed to a simple one-year deal with hopes of being on the sideline and helping one of these young quarterbacks go through an entire season of being an effective starter. It won’t be easy since the Jets are rebuilding this season but a young quarterback under the watchful eye of McCown should be able to make most of all the young talent around him.
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In an article written by Brian Costello of the New York Post, here is what McCown said about being ready to groom both Petty and Hackenberg to develop them into good quarterbacks:
“I look forward to working with Hack and Bryce, trying to give away the things I’ve learned in my career and hopefully make their journeys better throughout their career,” McCown said. “That’s something I believe in as a person, in every walk of life. If you can give something away and can make someone else’s journey better, you’ll have a different sense of peace.”
Needless to say, McCown’s leadership and ability to be a great locker room presence are just a few of the many positives he brings to the table. Yes, McCown’s track record isn’t anything to brag about but if he can help Petty and Hackenberg with their mechanics, breakdown playbooks and improve in reading defensive coverages, he’ll be worth every penny of his one-year contract.
Overall, it’s great to see McCown doing his part to do what is right for both these young quarterbacks. It will be interesting to see who ends up winning this quarterback competition and if it ends up being someone other than McCown, how he does his part to get them to silence their critics.