On Wednesday, Jets coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Josh McCown will remain the Jets’ starter for the remainder of the season. Given the way he has played – particularly in Sunday’s upset victory over the Chiefs – Bowles’ announcement does not come as a surprise.
At the outset of the season, most expected that the Jets would start auditioning Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg by this time. But, a funny thing happened – the Jets wound up being competitive. The Jets are 5-7 (including two close losses to the Patriots and Panthers) and there’s even public support for a Todd Bowles extension.
The play of McCown, 38, has been a major factor in the Jets’ success. His performance sets up an interesting dilemma for the offseason – do the Jets try and draft their quarterback of the future, go for a high-priced star in this year’s free agent crop, or continue with the aging McCown for another season? The veteran is scheduled to hit the open market in March, but the Jets could probably retain him with something similar to his current one-year, $6MM deal.
Through 12 games, McCown has completed a career-high 67.8% of his passes for 2,880 yards with 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions.
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