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Bowles on McCown: Every kindergarten needs a teacher

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The Jets have made a sharp turn toward youth across their roster this offseason with one big exception.

They signed quarterback Josh McCown, who turns 38 next month, to join Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg in a competition for the Week One starting job. The offseason work has pointed toward McCown winning that competition, which led to a question for Todd Bowles about why the position is an exception from what Bowles called “a younger movement.”

“Even when you go to kindergarten, somebody has to be the teacher,” Bowles said in comments distributed by the team. “You’re not going to have everybody young. You’re going to have the majority of the team young, [but] you’re not going to have everybody young. You’re going to have some guys on your team that have played some years. It is not going to be a total washout like [they’re] all freshman coming into college, but the majority of them are young and then the other majority can help in other ways, so it’s a fine line between choosing all young and picking which guys to or not to get rid of.”

Bowles said that McCown isn’t ahead of the other players at this point, but the team doesn’t have many options if they want to have any teachers overseeing the toddlers when the bell rings in September.

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12 Responses to “Bowles on McCown: Every kindergarten needs a teacher”
  1. citizenstrange says: Jun 13, 2017 6:53 PM

    “Every toolkit needs a hammer” — The Governor on “Walking Dead”

  2. absolutevisuals says: Jun 13, 2017 7:11 PM

    That’s why I dislike when teams go completely young in sports. Ex, my terrible awful 76ers with their terrible management. Playoff/championship teams are always a mixture in experience.

  3. vinzclorth0 says: Jun 13, 2017 7:12 PM

    Forget JV. The Jets = Kindergarten.

    That’s according to the head coach.

  4. waynefontesismyfather says: Jun 13, 2017 7:12 PM

    Pretty pathetic when the Head Coach isn’t capable of being a Kindergarten teacher…what exactly is he qualified for?

    #FireBowles

  5. kayes says: Jun 13, 2017 7:18 PM

    I hope Bowles enjoys his last season as a HC.

  6. marck55 says: Jun 13, 2017 7:25 PM

    Forget JV. The Jets = Kindergarten.

    That’s according to the head coach

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    Not what he said at all, actually.

  7. streetyson says: Jun 13, 2017 7:42 PM

    The Jets have made a sharp turn toward youth across their roster this offseason…
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    Just say rebuild – or at least that’s what they hope. And I fear McCown isn’t just there to mother-hen the young QBs, but to become the team’s fall guy when the season starts to tank.

  8. dynaco says: Jun 13, 2017 7:44 PM

    marck55 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 7:25 PM

    Forget JV. The Jets = Kindergarten.

    That’s according to the head coach
    =========================
    Hooked on phonics?

  9. mindelm42 says: Jun 13, 2017 7:52 PM

    Dead Coach Walking.

  10. craniator says: Jun 13, 2017 8:28 PM

    Kindergarten ? Nursery school would be more like it.

  11. mmack66 says: Jun 13, 2017 8:35 PM

    Why don’t people understand that there is a reason that guys like McCown and Fitzpatrick have played for a multitude of teams?

    What exactly are they thinking that McCown can teach anyone?

  12. intrafinesse says: Jun 13, 2017 9:29 PM

    The Jets management is incompetent.
    If you are going to tank (i.e. cut all your vets) then why sign a terrible journeyman QB (Josh McCown) for 6 million?

    Its a waste of money and you have *coaches* who are supposed to teach your young QBs.
    They could have signed McCown for 1MM after the season started if they needed his expert guidance.

    PS – what is a QB coach and OC for if not to help the QB?

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