Wax on, wax off! During New York Jets training camp, Josh McCown was playing the role of Mr. Miyagi.
A role that was once played by Noriyuki “Pat” Morita was played by quarterback Josh McCown in New York Jets training camp. During the Karate Kid movies, Mr. Miyagi used unorthodox training methods to train Daniel LaRusso to win the karate tournament.
Well, the Jets have done the same with their two young quarterbacks. During the early part of training camp, McCown got most of the first-team reps. Kind of like in the movie, when Danielson was painting the fence and waxing. Mr. Miyagi was teaching him the art of defense.
Throughout the winter, the young quarterbacks of the Jets studied the playbooks, but they needed to see the playbooks in action. So, the team sought the experience of McCown. During the early part of training camp he got a bulk of the reps, and they got to see what it was supposed to look like.
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Then, they eased off McCown to give the young guys a chance to prove what they have learned. In the last two weeks of camp, the two young quarterbacks have gotten their chance. Now it’s time for the New York Giants to play the Jets in their annual preseason tilt.
All along we thought the training camp was a three-man race to the role of starting quarterback, and when Bryce Petty failed to impress early we thought he fell out of that race.
In essence, it’s been a two-man race all along, and the wool was pulled over our eyes. McCown was there to mentor young players in the art of the West Coast Offense, because they had no experience, and he had plenty.
“We’ll sit down and talk about it and make our decision depending on what kind of game plan and what we’re trying to work with on offense, and I’ll determine it that way.”
When he was asked a follow-up question, Bowles’ response was:
“We’ll sit down and talk about it. It’s still early.”
It’s clear that McCown was brought in for one purpose, as a mentor. Now it’s time to see who plays the role of Daniel.
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