FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Josh McCown realizes that he’s not an extended-time period reply at quarterback for the New York Jets.
However at 38, he’s additionally not considering too far forward. His focus is squarely on enjoying the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sunday and never whether or not he’ll stay underneath middle the remainder of the season — and even proceed to play past this yr.
“I really feel good,” McCown stated after apply Wednesday. “Clearly, there are 5 video games left and issues can change, however proper now, I really feel actually good.”
That’s regardless of being the third-most sacked quarterback within the NFL this season, taking place 35 occasions to date. McCown has been banged up by way of the primary eleven video games, together with his left hand and forearm sporting scabs from the 35-27 loss to Carolina on Sunday.
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He’s in terrific form, although, hardly showing to be a man within the twilight of his profession.
“It’s a credit score to these guys,” he stated of the Jets’ coaching employees. “The wonderful thing about me is that my boys are in seventh and eighth grade, so once I get off within the offseason, I’m at house enjoying hoops with them. I by no means cease due to my youngsters’ age. They don’t let me.
“We’ll see. I really feel actually good and hopefully can keep this shifting ahead.”
The Jets are four-7 and in peril of lacking the playoffs for the seventh straight season. That has followers specializing in the longer term, wanting to see if Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg may present some glimmer of hope within the final 5 video games.
The cross-city Giants are taking that strategy, sitting Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith and ultimately Davis Webb. Todd Bowles and the Jets are sticking with McCown, although, and he hasn’t even thought-about benching the veteran.
“No thought to it,” Bowles stated. “Josh is enjoying very properly.”
McCown is having one of the best general season of his 15-yr NFL profession, setting profession highs with 17 touchdowns and a couple of,549 yards passing. He has eight interceptions, however his sixty seven.three % completion fee is among the many NFL’s leaders. McCown additionally leads the Jets with three landing runs, proving he’s nonetheless received loads of spring in his step.
The most important knock on McCown is the errors he has made — along with the rest of the Jets — in the fourth quarter and late in…