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Todd Bowles expects 'heavy competition' for Jets QB job

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Todd Bowles expects 'heavy competition' for Jets QB job

The highly scrutinized Christian Hackenberg, who didn't play a single snap last season as a rookie, will have a chance to claim the New York Jets' starting quarterback job.

Todd Bowles, speaking to reporters Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meetings, declared it an open competition between holdovers Hackenberg and Bryce Petty and recently signed veteran Josh McCown.

Bowles also mentioned the possibility of selecting a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick, saying "there is a scenario" where that could occur. - Draft and Trade ala Eli Manning?

i?img=%2Fphoto%2F2016%2F1030%2Fr146904_1                                                                                                                   Head coach Todd Bowles says he expects "heavy competition" and that "nobody has been promised the starting quarterback job" for the Jets among candidates Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty and Josh McCown. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Some assumed the 37-year-old McCown, with 14 years of experience, would be given the inside track after signing a one-year, $6 million contract (fully guaranteed) last week.- Cranky pessimistic JN posters. But the organization wants to give Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, a legitimate shot at the job.

"There will be heavy competition for the job," Bowles said. "Nobody has been promised the starting quarterback job. They'll all get a chance to play and we'll make that decision, going forward, when training camp starts as we see production from certain people."

The immediate plan is to have them "alternate reps" through the offseason, Bowles said. The organized team activities (OTA practices) begin May 23 and continue through June 15 with the conclusion of minicamp. At that point, they will re-evaluate.

Petty's status is up in the air, as he's still recovering from labrum surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Bowles said he's not sure when Petty will be able to resume throwing.

The Jets are rebuilding at quarterback because their most experienced signal callers from last season are gone. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a free agent (he won't be re-signed) and Geno Smith signed a free-agent contract with the New York Giants.

In his first two seasons, Bowles declared a No. 1 quarterback at the start of training camp because he wanted the presumptive starter to get the bulk of the practice time to prepare for the season. He'd like to follow that plan, assuming one player separates from the field.

Essentially, Bowles is looking for a game manager.

"We just have to make sure we have a guy that doesn't turn the ball over and we have a guy that can manage the room, and make sure we help that guy and not put it solely on the quarterback," he said.

The organization is hoping Hackenberg can take a big leap in Year 2. He played poorly last preseason and struggled during in-season practices, although he never got much quality practice time because of a four-man depth chart.

"This year, he'll have a chance to play and he'll have some pep in his step," said Bowles, who promised to be more involved in the offense under new coordinator John Morton.

As the draft approaches, the Jets have been linked to Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky with the sixth pick.

"We'll see how it falls and we'll look at the pros and cons of it and we'll make that decision, but there is a scenario, yes," ;)he said.

Asked which quarterback he prefers, Bowles said without hesitation, "Roger Staubach."

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3 hours ago, Gas2No99 said:

Essentially, Bowles is looking for a game manager.

"We just have to make sure we have a guy that doesn't turn the ball over and we have a guy that can manage the room, and make sure we help that guy and not put it solely on the quarterback," he said.

 

 

For a team that hasn't had a franchise QB in forever, how can the organization be setting the bar so low for the most important position on the field???  A game manager???  Really??? The coach should be saying " I'm looking for a QB who can elevate everyone around him and lead us down the field when we need it and make plays."  THAT is what every QB in the roster should be pushing themselves to be.  Even though the team might be resigned to the fact that they don't have a QB like that, why not set the bar high???  This organization is lost. 

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6 minutes ago, ChuckkieB said:

For a team that hasn't had a franchise QB in forever, how can the organization be setting the bar so low for the most important position on the field???  A game manager???  Really??? The coach should be saying " I'm looking for a QB who can elevate everyone around him and lead us down the field when we need it and make plays."  THAT is what every QB in the roster should be pushing themselves to be.  Even though the team might be resigned to the fact that they don't have a QB like that, why not set the bar high???  This organization is lost. 

He knows all of our QBs STINK I suppose.

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11 minutes ago, ChuckkieB said:

For a team that hasn't had a franchise QB in forever, how can the organization be setting the bar so low for the most important position on the field???  A game manager???  Really??? The coach should be saying " I'm looking for a QB who can elevate everyone around him and lead us down the field when we need it and make plays."  THAT is what every QB in the roster should be pushing themselves to be.  Even though the team might be resigned to the fact that they don't have a QB like that, why not set the bar high???  This organization is lost. 

Organization? It's a river raft named Despair. 

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1 hour ago, ChuckkieB said:

For a team that hasn't had a franchise QB in forever, how can the organization be setting the bar so low for the most important position on the field???  A game manager???  Really??? The coach should be saying " I'm looking for a QB who can elevate everyone around him and lead us down the field when we need it and make plays."  THAT is what every QB in the roster should be pushing themselves to be.  Even though the team might be resigned to the fact that they don't have a QB like that, why not set the bar high???  This organization is lost. 

Forever???   I remember when we had a guy who spent his nights clubbing, won a SB and is in the hall of fame-Joe Willie would not appreciate your comment

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Considering they can hardly practice anymore in August with pads- expect Mccown to be named the starter after the first preseason game. It's virtually impossible to hold a 2 man competition these days let alone 3.

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1 minute ago, UnitedWhofans said:

I do. It's called "Count your blessings..." And Jets fans dont do it enough

fine, name them

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1 minute ago, TheSage said:

Not if you can remember the super bowl game

Well pal I remember the Super Bowl game and for you to have to go back to Namath and Super Bowl 3 to reference the last time the Jets had a great QB only proves the point.

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2 minutes ago, UnitedWhofans said:

I do. It's called "Count your blessings..." And Jets fans dont do it enough

LOL. Who gives a F(ck?

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Just now, JetFaninMI said:

Well pal I remember the Super Bowl game and for you to have to go back to Namath and Super Bowl 3 to reference the last time the Jets had a great QB only proves the point.

Who gives a ****?

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We have a championship. That's basically all you can ask for in this league. We have more championships than the Browns, Jaguars, Texans, Chargers, Eagles, Vikings, Bills, Bengals, Titans, and Cardinals. That's 10 teams out of 31

How many outright division titles since 1970?

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