Josh McCown had his moments against the Patriots, but he certainly had bad plays as well. Let’s look at some of the bad plays.
Ryan Fitzpatrick might be starting for Tampa Bay next week, but Robby Anderson will swear he saw him behind center last week for the Jets. As we’ve seen many times last year, Anderson runs by his defender, only to have the QB under throw the pass and eventually lead to an incomplete pass. It’s a bad throw from McCown.
This is a borderline play because it would have taken a good throw from McCown to complete this pass, but he doesn’t give his receiver a shot by throwing the ball low.
Anderson is once again wide open for this pass, but McCown makes a horrible throw. The defense on this play is somewhat baffling because the slot corner doesn’t have much reason to hand off Robby Anderson, but he decides to turn around and run away from the play, while the safety is playing back. Unfortunately, the Jets can’t take advantage.
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This play ends up a sack because McCown doesn’t get off his initial read, and he misses a wide open Kerley in the middle of the field. The Jets are trying to run a pick play, but have both of their players run into each other, taking them out. McCown should have moved off the play then, but instead drifts towards the sideline and gets sacked.
Robby Anderson is open for this pass early but McCown misses the timing, and then makes a last ditch effort to get him the ball, which falls incomplete. There is a screen pass built into the play call with ample space to run in the middle of the field, but McCown doesn’t see the screen option.
The first interception, just a horrible throw and the corner back predicted the route and jumped the pass. The interception looks worse when you know the Patriots went down the field and scored a touch down as well.
This is a first down for the Jets, so why is it bad? One, McCown barely gets the first down as he’s almost tackled. Two, there is a wide open receiver down the field jumping up and down for the ball, one which McCown misses completely.
The second interception of the day, and probably the worst throw of the game. McCown faces pressure on this play, and does a good job of escaping the blitz. He has a wide open receiver on the play for the easy first down, but makes a horrible throw for the interception.
This is a borderline play, but he has to give Anderson a better shot on this fade route.
A one on one match up with Kerase, and McCown completely ignores him. Kearse, once again, beats his man with the route by McCown isn’t looking towards him. This play eventually goes for a loss.
Wide open receiver down the field for a chunk play, and McCown takes the easy route with a short yardage play to Anderson. This pass is worse than an incomplete pass because it doesn’t stop the clock and the yards gained in this situation are negligible. McCown needs to look down the field or look to throw away the ball because this five yard catch doesn’t help them much. It’s a very conservative choice when there was an option open down the field.
The last pass of the game on 4th down, and it falls incomplete as Kerley is blanketed by the defenders. The Jets have a wide open receiver underneath Kerley for an easy first down (and the ability to go out of bounds to stop the clock) but McCown completely misses the play directly underneath Kerley and throws the incomplete pass.
While McCown had his moments in the game, he also had a good amount of faults. The game scheme is set up well, and the Jets would be wise to try out their younger QBs to see if they can fit in this offense.