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Jets starting Josh McCown sets youth movement back

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets passes the ball against the New York Giants during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on August 27, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Jets 21-20. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets passes the ball against the New York Giants during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on August 27, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Jets 21-20. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets named Josh McCown their starting quarterback for Week 1, and it will hurt the progression of their young guys.

Some say that neither of the New York young quarterbacks, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, are ready to handle the speed of the game during the regular season, and they may be correct. However, if they say that, and this season is a wash for the New York Jets, then it’s a perfect time to throw one of them to the wolves to learn.

The Jets have a terrible offensive line, and it may be a harrowing situation for a young quarterback like Hackenberg. However, it’s a perfect time to allow a quarterback like him to make mistakes, and then see if he can learn from them.

The West Coast offense is predicated on rhythm, timing, and good decision-making. While Hackenberg has been bewildered during the preseason, getting him some time against NFL defenses at regular season speed would be a perfect teaching tool for the coaches. Additionally, Petty has looked good, albeit against the second and third string players.

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For example, the Jets allowed a free release sack on a blitz during the game against the New York Giants. If that happens during the regular season, and at regular season speed, it an opportunity for the coaches to break out the game tape.

Then, one of them can actually learn how to make the proper pre-snap adjustments. Otherwise, one of them is just toiling on the sidelines and not really learning much from actually experiencing it firsthand. It’s like a lot of industries where unless you make the mistakes yourself, it’s very difficult for you to learn not to make them in the future.

It’s a learning season for all the young players on the Jets. They should allow one of the quarterbacks the same leeway so he can grow with the team.

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