Here are the New York Jets position grades from their win over the Jaguars
On the surface you may be saying why is this grade so low? How can a quarterback that goes 22-for-31 with 224 yards passing especially when it’s Josh McCown be a low grade? However, it was McCown’s mistakes that put the game in jeopardy for the New York Jets.
Foregoing two near interceptions on bad throws that were luckily dropped by the Jacksonville defensive backs, it was McCown’s mismanagement under center and two throws that hurt the Jets on Sunday.
In the fourth quarter after a beautiful throw to Robby Anderson McCown had the Jets in the red zone with a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter. With the play clock winding down and clearly confusion at the line of scrimmage McCown decided to try and run a play rather than call a timeout. On the snap McCown failed to not only let a screen play develop but threw the ball backwards behind the line of scrimmage leading to an 81-yard-fumble return for a touchdown to cut the Jets lead to three.
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McCown would have two more cracks at Jacksonville in regulation. On a critical third down the Jets elected to try to pick up the first down in the air. This lead to an interception, mostly due to Bilal Powell slipping, and gave Jacksonville prime field position to tie the game.
True, Powell slipping didn’t help but the Jaguars defense was looking for the pass and left a gaping hole and only had two defensive linemen on the field. McCown could have audibled to a run which not only would have been a safer play, but even if New York didn’t pick up the first down, the Jaguars would have burned their final timeout and the Jets could have punted the ball and given their defense some great field position to work with.
It’s up to the quarterback to understand the situations on the field and make the right calls to put their team in the best place to win. Not to mention a poor two-minute drill, the inability to move the ball in overtime certainly didn’t help McCown’s grade this week.