When will the final decision of which quarterback starts the regular season for the New York Jets be made? Head coach Todd Bowles reveals when it will happen.
Easily the most talked about positional battle in training camp, the quarterback situation of the New York Jets is shaping up to be a great one. All three quarterbacks in Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold have been competing well with highs and lows for everyone. At this point in time, McCown is still firmly on top of the Jets depth chart.
With preseason football on the horizon, it will be what essentially determines which quarterback gets the nod to start the regular season for the Jets. If history has a say in it, head coach Todd Bowles will start the year with a veteran under center based on his decisions in the past.
The only feasible way that Darnold or even Bridgewater, for that matter, can beat out McCown would be to play lights out football against real competition. Bowles already has a good idea on when he’ll make his final decision as to who will start at the most important position on the team.
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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said when asked on how realistic it is for Darnold to overtake two veterans and become the Week 1 starter:
You got to play preseason games. I’m not into hypotheticals and nothing that hasn’t happened yet but we are going to let him play, then after the fourth preseason (game), sometime that week I’ll make my decision and go from there.
Ideally, by the final preseason game of the year, Bowles and the rest of the leadership regime will easily know who is the best option to start at quarterback this upcoming season. Even fans will know who is ahead of the curve by that time so it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone once it’s made official.
It is interesting to note, that towards the end, Bowles was a bit snappy when asked a follow-up question by the media. When asked if he’ll make his decision regarding who will be the Jets starting quarterback in Week 1 after the fourth preseason game, here is what Bowles said back:
I said it is possible that I will make my decision after the fourth (preseason game). I’m not pinpointing any decision (when) the guy runs out on the field (Monday night) in Week 1, you’ll see who the starter is.
Perhaps Bowles will stay mum on who he picks and keep everyone guessing until the primetime matchup between the Jets and Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. Either way, it will be very interesting to see how all three quarterbacks perform from here on out throughout preseason action.