In a recent video, FanSided’s very own Mark Carman and Matt Verderame break down if the New York Jets can even win a football game with quarterback Josh McCown under center.
In case you haven’t heard, the New York Jets have officially declared Josh McCown as their starting quarterback for the regular season. Whether you agree with it or not, he’s more than likely the best option the Jets have to hopefully win some football games this upcoming season.
But how many football games can McCown even play where he’s healthy enough to be efficient? In their Week 4 preseason finale against the New York Giants, fans of the Jets undoubtedly had quite the scare when he was hit in the chest/rib area and went down looking like he was in pain. For a brief moment, everyone feared the worst but luckily, it was a hit that knocked the wind out of him.
For a veteran journeyman quarterback, McCown has a long history of being delegated to mostly a backup role due to injuries and being a pretty bad starter. A plethora of NFL experience is what gives him the nod over Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg since at best, he’s a game manager that knows how to handle pressure and adversity.
Considering all that, how many games can McCown realistically win with the Jets? Take a look at what FanSided’s Mark Carman and Matt Verderame had to say about this very topic:
At this point in time, it’s hard to disagree with what they said. The Jets have a rough schedule and face some tough defenses to start off the regular season. Their first four weeks alone have them going up against the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jets get somewhat of a break in Week 5 when they face Cleveland but who even knows what kind of team the Browns will be in early October? For all the football world knows, they could be a team on the rise and win some football games before they even play the Jets.
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In the grand scheme of things, McCown is as fragile as they come and with the inconsistencies that have been evident with the offensive line of the Jets, he could very well be in for rough times ahead.
Hopefully, the Jets don’t do what they did with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last season and keep him starting longer than he’s supposed to.
The leadership regime must be smart and know if they start the year 0-4 and McCown is a big reason for it, they should start either Petty or Hackenberg. They shouldn’t keep McCown starting if he’s not getting the job done just because he’s the veteran of the group.
If the Jets don’t learn from their past mistakes of keeping starters in that don’t put them in a position to win football games, it’s easy to see this team winning just a game or two in 2017.