Our weekly grades for each New York Jets unit. This week we analyze New York’s performance in their 31-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
For three-quarters on Sunday, New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown had a grade “A” performance against the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately, McCown learned the same lesson the Atlanta Falcons did in last year’s Super Bowl that there are four quarters in a football game.
Looking at the stat line you may be saying “aren’t you being hard on McCown”? He did go 17-for-27 for 209 yards through the air with three passing touchdowns and a fourth score coming on a three yard run. However, in the fourth quarter McCown couldn’t keep the Jets going despite a 14 point lead.
Still, McCown had a chance with three timeouts and 47 seconds to drive the Jets into field goal for a chance to win the game. And on the first play of the drive he….. threw a crippling interception to put Miami in field goal range.
Two things with this. First, McCown has to have better ball security and second, he needs to understand the situation. Best case scenario, get the team into field goal range. Worst case scenario, hold the ball and play for overtime.
Finally a message to offensive coordinator John Morton. Take “out” routes out of the offense. Most of McCown’s picks this season have come on this route because he doesn’t have the arm strength to drive the ball outside the numbers. Keep McCown in the middle of the field with occasional shots down the field. This is what has worked this year.
Great start, but a finish that cost the Jets the win.