It’s been awhile since my last Jets rant so I’m going to preface this post by asking all of you to fasten your seat belts, keep your carryon baggage underneath your seat, make sure your seat is back and that your folding trays are in their full upright position.
The New York Jets signed 37 year old journeyman Quarterback Josh McCown to a 1 year, $6 million contract. He has never played a full season in the NFL, has never made a playoff appearance, and to be blunt, is trash. The last time he was in New York, he spiraled out of control so fast you would’ve thought you were watching the pilot of LOST.
McCown did carve up the Jets in Cleveland this past season for 341 yards and 2 TDs, but that’s the exact kind of play that you can expect from him. One game he’ll throw for 300+ and look like a legitimate talent out on the field, only to shit the bed the next week and concuss himself at the goal line. Josh McCown has only played more than 9 games in a season twice in his career. He’s had ample opportunities to be a starting Quarterback for a half dozen teams around the league but was never able to perform adequately or stay healthy.
What Josh McCown does have is his 2013 season with the Chicago Bears on his belt. He came in for an injured Jay Cutler (shocker) for 8 games, throwing for 1,829 yards and 13 TDs, while only tossing one interception. I’m sure that the Jets front office will point to that season and say that there are signs that Josh can perform at that level again. Spoiler alert, he can not and will not. That 2013 Chicago Bear team had Matt Forte, who accounted for over 1,900 total yards, Alshon Jeffery (89-1,421-7), Brandon Marshall (100-1,295-12), and Martellus Bennett (65-759-5). Our 2017 New York Jets will have the ghost of Matt Forte, Eric Decker returning from injury, Quincy Enunwa, and Robby Anderson as their primary offensive weapons.
So, not only will Josh McCown not be an asset on the field, he sure as hell won’t be a good ‘mentor’ to the Jets’ young QBs, either. McCown has played an average of 6 games a year over his 14 year career. He has never been a full time starter nor has he made a playoff appearance. He may be a good person, but as far as game experience goes, he will provide little to no insight to Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. Josh McCown is also THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD. Ryan Fitzpatrick is 34. Time is a flat circle and the New York Jets signed another ancient QB with a shotty history. I was and am completely open to allowing Bryce and Christian to compete for the starting job next year. I was interested in bringing in Tony Romo or Jay Cutler, because they have legitimate experience in the league and have been in several postseasons. Even if Romo or Cutler took playing time away from the Jets’ young guns, they’d at least be learning from a proven winner, not from Ryan Fitzpatrick or Geno Smith. Josh McCown is a gigantic step backwards in the quarterback department and my guess is that he’s the favorite to be QB1 come the 2017 season. A $6 million dollar guaranteed deal plus incentives is not a backup QB contract. So here’s what’s going to happen; McCown will start the year, much to anybody with a brain’s dismay. He’ll win a game or two and earn some respect from fans that aren’t dead set on tanking for Sam Darnold. Then, he’ll suffer some sort of injury and Bryce or Christian will finally come in. Bryce and/or Christian will then look rusty because they will have spent the majority of their season taking second team and scout team reps. Wash rinse repeat. Last season should have been a sign that the Jets need to expose their two young QBs to real game situations. Bryce Petty had moments of competency, but it took several weeks for him to finally find his feet. Christian Hackenberg wasn’t even in uniform for 3/4 of the games last year. It is quite literally impossible to tell if either Quarterback is good if the only reps they take are against undrafted free agents in Week 2 of the preseason.
The Jets should’ve learned that playing a QB on the wrong side of 30 in this situation is detrimental to all parties involved. Honestly, they should’ve learned that with Brett Favre years ago. Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg should be on the field every single down this season, and if they don’t turn out to be as good as everyone hoped for, it’s back to the drawing board for the 2018 draft class which could include USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.
One more point on Josh McCown. If you eliminate his fairytale 2013 season from his career stats, he has 66 TDs to 68 INTs. Also worth noting:
Josh McCown is not good, he does not win, and he does not stay healthy. What he can do is lose you games, and potentially (and probably) take away precious playing time from two young quarterbacks that could have a future in this league.
When the Jets announced his signing, I may have overreacted….
OK. Enough about him. The Jets made a couple other moves over the past few weeks which I actually do like.
The Jets secondary last year was atrocious. Guys that had no business being open were burning Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine, and the rest of ’em with relative ease. The Jets brought in Morris Claiborne from the Dallas Cowboys to help with a one year “prove it” deal. Claiborne is a former 1st round pick out of LSU who had 11 INTs in his final two years of college. He hasn’t been able to stay healthy for a full season yet, but showed signs of improvement last year before getting injured.
The Jets obviously have to hope that Claiborne will come into camp ready to continue his success from last season.
The Jets pretty much finalized their offensive line by signing 27 year old Kelvin Beachum to a 3 year, $24 million deal. He played for the Jaguars last year and battled some injuries which diminished his production a bit. But Pro Football Focus ranked him at 85.6 and 77.7 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Beachum will be the starting LT for the Jets, moving Ben Ijalana to compete with Brandon Shell at RT next season. This wasn’t a sexy pickup, but it solidified the Jets offensive line with yet another young capable player. The Jets have had consistent line play over the past decade and look like they will follow suit this upcoming season.
The Jets continue to listen to my advice and cut Brandon Marshall after two productive years. 2015 was a magnificent season from Machine Marshall and after a disappointing 2016 campaign combined with the current debacle at Quarterback, it didn’t make sense to retain the aging receiver’s contract for a losing team. Marshall only has to move down the hallway, as the New York Giants picked him up. He still has yet to play for a playoff team, so hopefully he will be the tall reliable threat that the Giants have been lacking over the past couple years. Remember the last big receiver with potential character concerns that the Giants signed…..
Oh yeah, the Giants signed Geno Smith too. Marshall and Geno will join Damon Harrison are former Jets from the recent regime that now wear blue. Won’t that be something if they hoist up the Lombardi next February.
Well, that’s all for now. The Jets still have a lot of work to do in free agency and of course the draft. It’s gonna be a long ride so I ask again for you to fasten your seat belts, keep your carryon baggage underneath your seat, make sure your seat is back and that your folding trays are in their full upright position.
Until next time, I’ll leave you with this.
Just kidding, here are some potential future Jet Jamal Adams highlights: