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Jets G.M. not saying if Josh McCown is the starting quarterback

AP

Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan signed quarterback Josh McCown to a contract that guarantees him $6 million this year, but he’s not ready to declare McCown the starting quarterback.

On a conference call today, Maccagnan declined to talk about who will be the starting quarterback for the Jets this year, other than to say the call will be made by head coach Todd Bowles. Maccagnan did say, however, that the Jets are unlikely to add another veteran quarterback.

McCown certainly seems like the favorite to be the starter. Neither of the other two quarterbacks on the roster, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, has shown himself ready to start in the NFL. McCown has at least been a competent starter for a long time in the NFL, and that gives him a leg up.

It’s still possible, of course, that the Jets will acquire their starting quarterback in the draft. But at the moment McCown looks like the most likely Week One starter, even if the Jets aren’t ready to say so just yet.

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30 Responses to “Jets G.M. not saying if Josh McCown is the starting quarterback”
  1. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 24, 2017 2:20 PM

    When asked if McCown was the starting quarterback, Maccagnan choked back tears and said, “God, I hope not.”

  2. PhD says: Mar 24, 2017 2:28 PM

    Haha, I read the headline as Jets GM not STAYING if McCown is the starting quarterback. Time for an eye exam.

  3. ampats says: Mar 24, 2017 2:32 PM

    WOW the entire NFL is in suspense as to which QB will lead the Jets to their 1-15 season ?

  4. corkspop says: Mar 24, 2017 2:50 PM

    Did the General Manager hedge on saying if McCown is THE starting quarterback or if he’s A starting quarterback?

  5. guaranteedit says: Mar 24, 2017 2:51 PM

    …..and hopefully the 1-15 record leads to a franchise-changing QB selection in the 2018 draft….

  6. monarch76 says: Mar 24, 2017 2:52 PM

    He can start until he helicopters head first on your first drive. Can’t stay on the field.

  7. captainwhodat says: Mar 24, 2017 2:52 PM

    Jets G.M. not saying if Josh McCown is the starting quarterback…do it! He has a shot at most consecutive losses by a starting QB…2-20 as a starting QB the past 3 years…

  8. snake11s says: Mar 24, 2017 3:01 PM

    Reminds me of “suck for Luck”, who do they have their on the radar 2018?

  9. QB Film Room says: Mar 24, 2017 3:11 PM

    I sware if McCown starts they Jets should just forfeit the year

  10. mmack66 says: Mar 24, 2017 3:15 PM

    You know it’s bad when your #1 QB is a Browns castoff.

    I don’t see how Roger is going to get them out of this one.

  11. urmomsmyho says: Mar 24, 2017 3:15 PM

    The comments on Jet articles have become ridiculous.
    Everyone finds fault in every decision they make.

    Yet, they have made a lot of good moves (and non-moves) this off season in terms of the coaches they hired and the cuts/acquisitions (while limited) they made.

  12. walker1191 says: Mar 24, 2017 3:16 PM

    How could they possibly decide this now? It’s an absurd premise.

  13. rondayne says: Mar 24, 2017 3:22 PM

    I think you’re playing fast and loose with the word “competent” in describing Josh McCown’s career as a starter

  14. ampats says: Mar 24, 2017 3:31 PM

    …and hopefully the 1-15 record leads to franchise-changing QB selection in the 2018 draft…

    Remember this is the same GM/ Front Office who drafted Bryce Petty & Christian Hackenberg the past two drafts. Can you say Ryan Leaf?

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 24, 2017 3:36 PM

    No matter which of the 3 options they currently have is selected as the starter, he’s going to be embarrassed announcing it.

    Lolz Jets, the lolercoaster that never runs out of track

  16. QB Film Room says: Mar 24, 2017 3:50 PM

    2013 – Drafted Geno
    2015 – Petty
    2016 – Hack

    Ell these guys were drafted early…

    I REALLY do not understand drafting Hackenberg when you ALREADY had Geno and Petty. The only reason you take Hack when you did is if he is your future or going to get a look. These guys are really bizarre decision makers

  17. mmack66 says: Mar 24, 2017 4:00 PM

    urmomsmyho says:
    Mar 24, 2017 3:15 PM

    The comments on Jet articles have become ridiculous.
    Everyone finds fault in every decision they make.

    Yet, they have made a lot of good moves (and non-moves) this off season in terms of the coaches they hired and the cuts/acquisitions (while limited) they made.
    —————————

    Lawl. You must work in the league office.

  18. bigbenisabigbaby says: Mar 24, 2017 4:11 PM

    QB Film Room says:
    Mar 24, 2017 3:11 PM
    I sware if McCown starts they Jets should just forfeit the year
    ==========================
    You “sware” huh?

  19. sgrvn329 says: Mar 24, 2017 4:14 PM

    When has Josh McCown ever been a competent QB! Last season McCown stats were sad, 54.5 COMP% / 6.6 YDS-A / 6 TD / 6 INT and his career stats are even worst, Josh is 18-42-0 as a starter with 59.1 COMP% rate / 79 TD / 69 INT / QB Rating 78.1, so how again is this QB competent.

  20. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 24, 2017 4:33 PM

    Its not really close, hes by far the best QB on the roster.

  21. QB Film Room says: Mar 24, 2017 4:48 PM

    McCown must be doing something right but hes almost 40 and just mediocre. Like there are younger guys who are better. Hack >McCown McCown > Petty

  22. wib22 says: Mar 24, 2017 4:49 PM

    just
    end
    the
    season/suffering.

  23. cadreamer1969 says: Mar 24, 2017 4:56 PM

    In March the media expects a GM to name starters? WOW

  24. ladyjet says: Mar 24, 2017 5:47 PM

    Dumpster Fire! (so original)
    I love the posts about the Jets being the worst team in the league, worst team of the decade, worst team in 20 years, etc, etc.
    Fact:
    Since 2000, the Jets rank as the 13th best team in the NFL, based on record (90-85), playoff appearances (6) and playoff record (4-5).
    So, if they’re the worst team ever, what does that say about 19 teams behind them?
    The Jets have been better than 60% of the league, people. Your team is probably behind them.

  25. valentino8100 says: Mar 24, 2017 5:56 PM

    I’d have trouble getting that one out too. 🙂

  26. babygaga19 says: Mar 24, 2017 5:56 PM

    LOL! Is Namath coming back? I hear he is still s t r U g g e ll iy ng.

  27. tbisgod says: Mar 24, 2017 6:24 PM

    I just did some fact checking and Lady jet is correct..
    In fact, if you go back a full 20 years (including their 12-4 playoff year in 98) they finish as #10 in the NFL overall. That’s better than Seattle, KC, Dallas, Miami, Minn to name a few.
    Lady Jet does her homework!

  28. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 24, 2017 6:38 PM

    Obviously not the long-term starter, but would make a fine ‘bridge’ QB to Hackenberg, Petty, or someone they draft. McCown is experienced, competent, and by all accounts a great teammate.

  29. grogansheroes says: Mar 24, 2017 8:54 PM

    ladyjet says:
    Mar 24, 2017 5:47 PM
    Dumpster Fire! (so original)
    I love the posts about the Jets being the worst team in the league, worst team of the decade, worst team in 20 years, etc, etc.
    Fact:
    Since 2000, the Jets rank as the 13th best team in the NFL, based on record (90-85), playoff appearances (6) and playoff record (4-5).
    So, if they’re the worst team ever, what does that say about 19 teams behind them?
    The Jets have been better than 60% of the league, people. Your team is probably behind them.
    ————————————
    Nope, I root for the Pats. Since 1965.

  30. Hersh says: Mar 25, 2017 1:05 AM

    The Jets would have been wise to play Hackenberg in last years’ final game to see if he shows some promise.

    Petty doesn’t appear to be their franchise QB. Neither did Geno Smith. Signing McCown may have some merit if the Jets clearly believe that Hackenberg can be the franchise QB.

    If not, trade for McCarron. He already has shown to have the ability to win games and has had a high completion percentage.

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