THE 2017/18 NFL ALL-UNDERRATED TEAM
QUARTERBACK: JOSH MCCOWN
Well, Tom Brady isn’t the only old-timer getting it done at the quarterback position.
The bounce back season that we saw from Philip Rivers this past year made him my initial choice here, but ultimately, I just could not look past the solid season that Josh McCown put together for the New York Jets in 2017/18.
Now, let me start by saying this – i am fully aware that the New York Jets were not a good team last season.
With a record of 5-11, they finished dead last in the AFC East, and they also ranked an abysmal 28th in the league with regards to total offense.
In saying this, however, this is exactly why Josh McCown managed to fly so under the radar.
Through 13 starts last season, Josh McCown finished 2017/18 with a higher passer rating (94.5) than quarterbacks such as Kirk Cousins, Ben Roethlisberger, Jameis Winston, and Matt Ryan.
He also had a TD:INT ratio of exactly 2:1, and when you factor in McCown’s ability as a runner, he was able to account for 23 total touchdowns whilst only committing 13 total turnovers.
While these stats are definitely nice, perhaps the most impressive thing of all when thinking about Josh McCown was his ability to deliver on 3rd down.
When passing on 3rd down situations, Josh McCown was able to move the chains at a rate of 43.5%, and that mark was good for 3rd best in the AFC behind only Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady.
It is very easy to look that the New York Jets as a whole and discredit the work of Josh McCown, however, football is undoubtedly the most team-oriented sport on the planet.
Quarterbacks need teammates, and despite having a lacklustre group of players around him, McCown was able to score points, limit turnovers, turn punts into field goals, and turn field goals into touchdowns.
Josh McCown was the probably the main reason why the Jets were even able to win 5 games, and because New York was a basement team, his brilliant season went largely unnoticed.
Not to worry though Josh, you’ve gotten some well-deserved recognition here.
Be sure to visit The Game Changer tomorrow for the running back instalment of the 2017/18 NFL All-Underrated team.
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