Chad Pennington wants Jets to keep Josh McCown around

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About three months ago, a lot of people thought Josh McCown was the Jets’ clear path to the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Now, they’re 4-5 and far from the bottom, and one former Jets quarterback wants to see McCown hang around.

Former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington told Brian Costello of the New York Post that he’s been so impressed with the work McCown has done this season that he wants him to stay beyond his current one-year contract.

“I would love to see Josh be part of the equation for about three more years,” Pennington said. “I don’t know how long he wants to play. I could certainly see him continue to be able to stabilize the position and also be professional enough to understand when it is time to hand over the reins. He would be such a great asset in the room. I think that’s something that would benefit the Jets, to have his presence there.

“I would love to see him do that.”

The 38-year-old McCown may not go to the Pro Bowl, but he’s playing some extremely competent quarterback, without the benefit of an all-star cast around him. He’s completing 70.4 percent of his passes, trailing only Drew Brees among regular quarterbacks. He has a 96.1 passer rating. That’s 10th in the league among qualifying passers, right between Jared Goff and Russell Wilson, two quarterbacks you wouldn’t have put in his neighborhood at the beginning of the season. He’s thrown almost twice as many touchdowns (13) as interceptions (seven).

Pennington has background with McCown, going back to their days together in Miami, so there’s some personal feeling at play. And the Ryan Fitzpatrick experience will certainly draw some comparisons and make people wary.

But it can’t be argued that McCown hasn’t exceeded expectations, and has lent an air of professionalism to a team that needs it.

7 responses to “Chad Pennington wants Jets to keep Josh McCown around

  1. Their days together in Miami? McCown was set to be the starter in 2008 until Favre landed in NY, causing Pennington to be released and take his job in Miami. McCown was cut almost immediately, I recall.

  2. Frankly, he is the ONLY reason media types aren’t blasting the horrible job Mike Mcaggnan is doing as the GM. Their roster is horrible!!! But having a solid QB will hide a multitude of sins. Can you imagine what it would be like if they were playing their @nd round draft pick from 2 years ago (and current 3rd stringer) Hackenberg???? They won’t even let him play in preseason just to keep the NY media off of their rear ends!! He’s atrocious

  3. I guess days is the rigth way to put it – they signed Pennington on the 11th of August and traded McCown to the Panthers on the 30th.

  4. I bet the packers would’ve loved to have a veteran backup like him when Rodgers went down.

    So is the effect of your front office wearing rose colored glasses… even your backups are “better” than lesser teams’ starters.

    say what you want about mccown, but a guy can’t play 15 seasons in this league by accident.

  5. “But it can’t be argued that McCown hasn’t exceeded expectations…”
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    Yes it can – I thought he’d be good, always liked him, it’s the rest of the team that has exceeded my expectations! But they have a tough remaining schedule – i.e. @Denver, @Saints, @NE, vCarolina, vChiefs means prob 1 win – but I fancy them vChargers and @DirtyTampa. So more like a 7-9 season when I thought 4-12 was probable – and I wasn’t alone.

  6. Josh McCown has always been a soild, professional QB; and a leader and asset to every team he’s been with.

  7. playedthegame32 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 7:49 am
    Frankly, he is the ONLY reason media types aren’t blasting the horrible job Mike Mcaggnan is doing as the GM. Their roster is horrible!!! But having a solid QB will hide a multitude of sins. Can you imagine what it would be like if they were playing their @nd round draft pick from 2 years ago (and current 3rd stringer) Hackenberg???? They won’t even let him play in preseason just to keep the NY media off of their rear ends!! He’s atrocious

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    I agree that Mac hasn’t been great when drafting QBs. Hack is not the answer. However, to say that he has done a horrible job is no where near the truth. None of the veterans he let go this off season are doing anything anywhere else (Mangold and Revis are sitting at home, Marshall is out for the season, David Harris is barely playing, Decker just scored his first TD on Sunday, and Nick Folk has been cut). A lot of his draft acquisitions are playing major roles (Adams, Maye, Lee, Jenkins, Robby Anderson [UDFA], and McGuire). Also, the stabilizing veteran moves have worked out well for the most part (ASJ, McCown, Claiborne, Demario Davis, Kerley [before the suspension], and Kearse). Finally, they will have about $80 million in cap space this off season (before cutting or restructuring Wilkerson). Again, I understand the Hack pick is a disaster, but the rest of his moves are paying dividends – in the short-term and hopefully for the long run.

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