2018 will be different, and although it will be interesting and hopefully not as bad as last season, the quarterback situation of the New York Jets will be the main thing to keep an eye on as all three players will likely see playing time.
The New York Jets have had their misfortunes when it comes to developing and finding the right man to lead this team from under center. Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are prime examples of failed experiments that the Jets just could not see as their franchise starter.
Josh McCown is still here, and that’s not a bad thing. With Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold joining a team who has a lot to prove, the quarterback situation of the Jets will likely be an ever-changing one. Fans are desperate for a winning season and a franchise quarterback, as it would make sense to see what each quarterback has to offer if things don’t work out with McCown.
The Jets may have to experiment again to see who is going to be the best candidate to lead them all the way. That is the only way to know who’s the right man for the job and if it is McCown to start the year, must make changes if he enters a slump or simply can’t get the job done consistently.
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It’s most likely we will see all three quarterbacks play at some point for the Jets throughout the season. In a perfect world, McCown will start, Bridgewater will then see some playing time if things don’t work out, and towards the end of the season once he’s ready, the Darnold era will begin.
Since Darnold is very young, he should take notes from the veteran quarterbacks on the team until his time comes. The Jets did not trade up in this year’s draft and select Darnold No. 3 overall to ride the bench all season long. His time will come but likely after McCown and Bridgewater leave their marks on offense.
All in all, the Jets should have learned from the way they handled Hackenberg and Petty, as it was an unfortunate situation for all. Neither quarterback was spectacular, however, the Jets looked to McCown, as he was their best option at the time.Now the Jets have another chance to develop Darnold the right way and build up his eventual start with McCown and Bridgewater leading the way.