Todd Bowles: Jets have “a tough decision” on our Week One starting QB

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Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold played well in his preseason debut on Friday night, and afterward Todd Bowles said the race to start Week One is wide open.

Bowles said he’s liking what he’s seeing from Darnold, Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, and all three of them still have a chance to earn the starting job when the Jets open the season on Monday, September 10, in Detroit.

“We’ll see how the preseason goes,” Bowles said. “Like I said, I’ll make my decision when it happens. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions after one game. I’m going to take my notes and watch practice and compare with the coaches and we’ll come up with a decision. It’s a tough decision. We’ve got three good players and we’re happy to have them.”

Although McCown has been the top quarterback on the depth chart throughout the offseason, it seems likely that if Darnold keeps playing well in the preseason, he’d get the nod. The Jets didn’t draft Darnold third overall to be a backup. Darnold completed 13 of 18 passes for 96 yards, with one touchdown and no turnovers on Friday night.

Bowles has indicated that he’ll wait until the last minute to name a starter, which means Darnold has plenty of time to move from third to first on the depth chart.

27 responses to “Todd Bowles: Jets have “a tough decision” on our Week One starting QB

  1. Everybody looks good in the pre-season. Then game one, the defensive coordinators unleash their schemes, then it becomes a short leash and a learning curve hahaha.

  2. Teddy looked awesome. Sam looked very good too. McCown might be in trouble. Personally, Id start Teddy. There’s a reason he was a first round pick.

  3. The Jets couldn’t be happier with how their quarterbacks looked last night. If things continue to progress like this, not only will Darnold start week 1 but the trade market for Teddy will be strong.

  4. Jets fans you got to see a glimpse of the Teddy that MN fans fell in love with. Teddy is a great leader and looked like the old Teddy last night. I thought the most impressive play was the bootleg that he pulled down and ran, seemed to have his old speed back and the confidence to get out of the pocket and move. If that knee is healthy you got a steal, and he should be your week 1 starter.

  5. Teddy is an extremely mature and very-very smart player and has been from day one in the NFL – A no drama team player/leader that all team mates love. He doesn’t get rattled, has good arm strength and excellent accuracy-he makes adjustments and will call audibles.. looks the field over during pre and post snap – it appears his speed and mobility is back. I’ve watched him since day one and really believe he is a special QB. If it were up to me based on a check list of the important QB attributes — I would choose him as starter now.

  6. Too early to call, but the smart money should be on Bridgewater to start because what Darnold sees in preseason isn’t going to be what he sees in the regular season.

  7. Teddy is now Sam Bradford without the high ceiling. Every time he looks good fans think he might fetch a couple #1 picks. ‘jets have the greatest group of ANd on the planet!’

  8. They say when you have 2 QBs, you don’t have 1…let alone when you have 3. I really think you have to keep all 3. Drafting Darnold made it really complicated. McCown is old, but is a professional and one of the better backups in the league. I’m sure he wouldn’t have a problem getting paid to spend another year on the roster. I think you gotta start Teddy. He was a 1st round pick that has shown he can play. The question is his health. If his health isn’t there, throw Darnold in. Worst case is if Teddy starts and plays awesome this year…what do you do with him AND Darnold?

  9. It’s week 1 in the preseason, no one is going 100% UNLESS they are trying to win a starting job! And teams aren’t showing their hand in the preseason either so I wouldn’t make too much of Darnold’s(or any of the rookie QBs) 1 good game in week 1 of the preseason, let’s pump the brakes a little on all this rookie QB enthusiasm.

  10. And REMEMBER THIS FACT: from 2000-2014 OVER 60% of all 1st round QBs have been busts, OVER 60%!

    And if you’re like me and count the QBs that haven’t lived up to the position where they were drafted then that percentage goes WAY UP!

  11. Steve Cunningham says:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:55 am
    And REMEMBER THIS FACT: from 2000-2014 OVER 60% of all 1st round QBs have been busts, OVER 60%!

    True a lot of 1st round busts. BUT IMHO, Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen will all be successful. I never want anybody to be a bust.

  12. It’s not a tough decision at all because it’s political. There’s no way Teddy Bridgewater starts in Week 1 because it’ll be impossible to justify benching him for Darnold, because Teddy is picking up right where he left off for that (at the time) SB contending Vikings of the 2016 offseason. Jets only hope is to trade Teddy so they can go with the kid they’ve annointed. Pure politics that’s all…

  13. mobil4life says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Darnold will be the bust QB of the draft. Anyone can look good against 3rd stringers.

    droppedinagreasefire says:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:48 am

    The opening preseason game and your HC is saying its a tough decision? Man, you guys are screwed, again.

    kevines255 says:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

    They say when you have 2 QBs, you don’t have 1…let alone when you have 3. I really think you have to keep all 3. Drafting Darnold made it really complicated. McCown is old, but is a professional and one of the better backups in the league. I’m sure he wouldn’t have a problem getting paid to spend another year on the roster. I think you gotta start Teddy. He was a 1st round pick that has shown he can play. The question is his health. If his health isn’t there, throw Darnold in. Worst case is if Teddy starts and plays awesome this year…what do you do with him AND Darnold?
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  14. If the Jets start Darnold week 1 they are going to ruin him. The kid isnt ready yet and that was known when he came into the league, if the coach’s buy into the pre-season hype they’re going to ruin this kid. They have McCown, let him start 6-8 games before throwing Darnold in.

  15. mobil4life says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:50 am
    Darnold will be the bust QB of the draft. Anyone can look good against 3rd stringers.

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    Anyone not named Petty or Hackenberg.

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