Josh McCown now has a teammate his daughter’s age

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Jets quarterback Josh McCown got some bad news on Thursday night when his team drafted USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

No, not the news that Darnold was drafted to replace him: McCown understands the business and he knew when he re-signed with the Jets this offseason that part of the deal would be mentoring a young quarterback who would be groomed to take the starting job. McCown is the old man in a quarterback room that now includes Darnold in addition to Teddy Bridgewater, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, and he’s fine with that.

The bad news came in a text from McCown’s daughter after the Jets drafted the 20-year-old Darnold.

“He’s less than a year older than me,” Bridget McCown texted her dad. “Crazy.”

“Wow,” McCown replied. “Thanks Bridge.”

No one likes to be made to feel old, so that one had to hurt. Still, it’s a tribute to McCown, who was drafted in 2002, that he’s still in the league at age 38. Every other quarterback who was drafted that year (including first-round picks David Carr, Joey Harrington and Patrick Ramsey) has long since retired. Darnold should pay close attention to the way McCown handles his business, so that he can last as long as McCown does, and keep playing in the NFL until 2034.

21 responses to “Josh McCown now has a teammate his daughter’s age

  1. As goofy as the Jets are, McCown will be a perfect mentor and teacher for Sam Darnold. Darnold has some flaws that need addressing and probably needs to sit for a year…..this is a good situation for him honestly.

  2. “Darnold should pay close attention to the way McCown handles his business, so that he can last as long as McCown does, and keep playing in the NFL until 2034.”

    So, have multiple ended by injury early in his career and spend the majority of others as a backup so he’s healthy enough to contribute in his late 30’s?

  3. Jets the new Bucs?
    Remember when Gruden was stockpiling QBs that weren’t really any good? Best QB on the roster was an older Jeff Garcia…
    Why acquire Teddy and draft a top 10 QB?
    -shrug- I guess eventually they are bound to hit on one. Perhaps another dip into the USC QB pool will work for them this time.

  4. Darnolds flaws come from poor footwork which is easily fixed for QB’s at the pro level. When the Jets clean that up Darnold will shine, if he blows the roof off the place in training camp/preseason he will start week 1. But there is no rush, I think the kid has the perfect attitude for the NY media and seems to be all about football, which Leinart/Sanchez lacked so the comparisons between them are lazy. I would put Darnold in the Palmer category.

  5. ryann252013 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Darnolds flaws come from poor footwork which is easily fixed for QB’s at the pro level. When the Jets clean that up Darnold will shine, if he blows the roof off the place in training camp/preseason he will start week 1. But there is no rush, I think the kid has the perfect attitude for the NY media and seems to be all about football, which Leinart/Sanchez lacked so the comparisons between them are lazy. I would put Darnold in the Palmer category.
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    IF the Jets clean that up. This is the Jets. They’ll figure out a way to bungle it, I’m sure. I think most of the top QB prospects have the POTENTIAL to have success in the NFL if they’re given the proper coaching and teammates. Why is Tom Brady the GOAT? Its not because of the way he played in college. He was fine, but he wasn’t even looked at. Its because of how he prepares plus the coaching he was given early in his career thats carried out as well as the game plans being tailored properly for the personnel on the team.

  6. The reason they drafted AND signed teddy is because teddy is an even bigger shot in the dark. Word is he won’t even be able to play, his knee is still a major problem. Hence why nobody else wanted him.

  7. Ky li all that Bridgewater costs if they cut him is 500 grand which is nothing in the grand scheme since they were making sure they had what they believed could be at worst a solid backup in Bridgewater. Remember when the jets signed Bridgewater they had no idea a qb would fall to them and at the time they hadn’t acquired the 3rd pick. So what they did is their due diligence.

  8. Ky Li says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:43 am
    Jets the new Bucs?
    Remember when Gruden was stockpiling QBs that weren’t really any good? Best QB on the roster was an older Jeff Garcia…
    Why acquire Teddy and draft a top 10 QB?
    -shrug- I guess eventually they are bound to hit on one. Perhaps another dip into the USC QB pool will work for them this time.
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    Bridgewater is a smart flier fir the Jets to take. That injury was a fluke tragedy. Before that he was a budding talent that may or may not have had a ways to go before hitting any ceilings. So this is a smart tire kick by the Jets. If it turns out the injury is going to forever hold him bavk or just if the ceiling wasnt so high after all he is easily cuttable. But if it turned out the injury is all in the past and his play level just kerps climbing they made a big score without giving up much. Agreed they cant carry 5 qb, but they do have a couple others just as easily cuttable.

  9. Jets need to be smart and give Darnold some time to learn & get settled. They’re not taking over the division this year anyway, and can afford to not burn up a promising rookie, as some other teams invariably will.

    McCown can give the team success this year and provide a marvelous role model for Darnold. That’s a great opportunity for the Jets – they have to make the most out of it.

  10. I often wonder what McCown will do upon is retirement… if it ever comes. I would have to think with all his experience, in so many different places and systems, he’d make a good coach or quite possibly a very good broadcaster.

  11. With guys like McCown, Brees,Rivers, Manning and Brady all hanging in there in their late thirties/early forties it’s really just a matter of time before a father and son play in the league at the same time.

  12. McCown has had a heck of a career. He got to stay in the NFL for over 15 years with minimal injuries. Someone once said that being a backup QB was the best gig in the world. He’s been just good enough to start a few times and has been a good mentor to young QBs.

    Just as long as McCown doesn’t go Jay Feely on Darnold everything will be cool.

  13. There is a testament to his health, yeah I know he’s been hurt a bunch but still it’s impressive. But stop acting like he’s had a great career. Although it’s much better than mine

  14. Clearly shows that drafting a first round QB is crap shoot like every other position. It can be argued and obviously proved that he had a better career and longevity than the QB’s drafted before him lol.. So to all the potential undrafted FA’s and or low picks see Brady or AB, keep your head up.

  15. thirdand43 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    With guys like McCown, Brees,Rivers, Manning and Brady all hanging in there in their late thirties/early forties it’s really just a matter of time before a father and son play in the league at the same time.

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    What a great thought. I hope that happens.

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