Chapter 2: QB Edition-What is the New York Jets’ Flight Plan?

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan /

Last month, the New York Jets bid farewell to journeyman veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after two seasons of work.  New York Jets general manager signed Cleveland Browns former quarterback of two years, Josh McCown on March 21, 2017.  It is a one-year deal worth $6 million dollars. Let’s follow Maccagnan’s logic: sign another mediocre journeyman quarterback from the worst team in the league in order to make your team better.  That makes total sense.

In case you were curious, here’s how McCown’s statistics stack up against Fitzpatrick’s over the past two seasons:

New York Jets sign Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown after releasing Ryan Fitzpatrick

Conclusion: They’re eerily similar.

Looks like she’s going to need to find another friend to don the Jets green.  If this photo, depicting (not even all of) the teams for which McCown has played isn’t a red flag, I’m not sure what is.
The Jets Courtship with Mitchell Trubisky

At the NFL Scouting Combine, the Jets have initiated a head-scratching engagement with University of North Carolina’s quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.  Last week, the Jets brass attended his pro day and, subsequently, have scheduled a private workout with him.  Three dates?  That’s a serious courtship. New York Jets may be interesting in drafting University of North Carolina quarterback (UNC) Mitchell Trubisky in the 2017 NFL Draft

If in house competition is what the Jets after at the QB position, they’re doing it all wrong. This is a recipe for controversy… again.  Remember, in the 2016 NFL Draft, Maccagnan chose  quarterback Christian Hackenberg in 2nd rd. (51st pick overall) from Penn State – the poor kid hasn’t even seen the 1st team practice squad yet!

The only way the Jets should draft a quarterback is that if they are 100% sure he will  play immediately (a Carson Wentz situation, if you will). If not? No, thanks. The Jets don’t need a third project at quarterback, especially with limited veteran leadership.

In fact, most concerning to me is that of the seven Jets “purge” cuts, THREE were offensive linemen.  The Jets could have Tom Brady as quarterback, but without putting talent on the line to protect him, he will not be successful.  How, on Earth, do they expect McCown, Petty, and/or Hackenberg to be triumphant?

Jets fans, make sure you’re seated in an exit row: 2017-2018 will be turbulent.

I discussed this topic, in-depth, on my sports radio show, 60 Minute Overtime (#60MinOT), on Sunday March 19, 2017 (90.3FM-WRPR). Click below to listen. Tune in to my live video stream every Sunday at 11am on


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