The New York Jets and Todd Bowles have committed to a youth movement. Despite having a 37-year old quarterback under center.
While I was hosting #InTheCell with ML on The Score 1260 on Friday, a fan who called in made a good point.
“Why did the jets commit to a youth movement with an old man under center?”
I answered saying he could be the perfect bridge quarterback. When he inevitably gets benched he’s not going to make a big fuss, etc. It turns out, my answer pails into comparison to what head coach Todd Bowles said to the very same question at New York Jets Mandatory Minicamp:
#Jets coach Todd Bowles with the line of the offseason. On Josh McCown: “Even when you go to Kindergarten, somebody's got to be the teacher”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2017
That was quite possibly the best response I’ve ever heard in all my years covering sports.
It’s a light-hearted moment for a team that’s currently stuck in the middle of the dark abyss. The term “tanking” is leaking into the NFL. You can blame the Jets who purged their roster of guys who could help them win games. While the pulse of the locker room can’t be rosy. This season wreaks of lame duck status for everyone involved.
The Jets average age on their team is just around 26 years old, youngest in the AFC East, per ESPN Stats and Information.
Josh McCown is going to have his hands full with this classroom of misfits.