The bad news just keeps on coming for the New York Jets: Quarterback Josh McCown broke his hand in the team’s 23-0 loss to Denver.
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The New York Jets didn’t only lose their eighth game of the season on Sunday, but they also lost their starting quarterback, Josh McCown, likely for the for the rest of the season with a broken left hand.
Jets QB Josh McCown broke his left hand.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2017
Also at 5-8, the team’s playoff hopes are all but dead. In what has been an up and down season for Jets fans, it has inevitably taken that turn for the worst.
McCown has defied all odds this season, putting together a career-year at the age of 38 and nearly carrying a team that was supposed to be the NFL’s worst to a .500 record. This has been a magical run for McCown, but it’s fair to wonder if this magical run will be a one-and-done scenario.
McCown signed a one-year deal this offseason and it seemed like he was destined to be back, but now, perhaps the Jets would be best served moving on to a younger and more stable option under center. They’ll have plenty of chances to do it with a talent-rich 2018 NFL Draft and one of the biggest and best free agency quarterback classes of all time.
Before he took the job with the Jets, he was offered the role of quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. He turned that down to lace up the cleats for another run. If the Jets decide to move in another direction, I’d imagine they would extend a similar offer to the well-respected veteran.
Just a week ago, head coach Todd Bowles had proclaimed McCown as his starter for the rest of the season, thus condemning the two youngsters in Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg to the bench for the rest of the season. Clearly, the football gods didn’t agree with that decision.
Expect both to get looks down the stretch, beginning Sunday in the Superdome against the New Orleans Saints.