The New York Jets have their offensive coordinator position locked up with Jeremy Bates, but what about their quarterback coach? Well, it won’t be Josh McCown, that’s for sure.
We have a double dose of New York Jets news with one announcement by pending free agent Josh McCown. The 38-year-old signal caller appeared on NFL Network’s Total Access to talk about this past season, his future, and more (quote via ESPN’s Rich Cimini):
“Right now, that’s how it’s looking (on possibility of playing next year),” McCown said on the NFL Network’s “Total Access” show. “At this time of the year, I go through those conversations with my family, talk with them through that, pray through that. “But where we’re at right now, I feel like I want to play. … I’m looking forward to the next few months, seeing what happens, and I’ll be ready to go.”
It’s not surprising.
McCown is coming off the best year of his career but it ended on a sour note with his broken hand. From everything I hear from McCown’s camp, he couldn’t sleep well at night with his career ending on another injury. He wants to end things on his terms and if he has it his way, he’ll be back on gang green in 2018.
The feelings appear mutual, although rumors reveal the Jets would love him as their next quarterback coach, not as their starting passer. But with McCown’s desire to suit back up, that ends the speculation that he would take the now vacant position (QB coach) with Jeremy Bates becoming the new offensive coordinator.
The Jets will have options on the free agent market, trade and also, the 2018 NFL Draft. If McCown is back with the Jets, I’d imagine he’d be a bridge quarterback or emergency option if Jets can’t find a better replacement.