The New England Patriots are set to square off with a surprising 3-2 New York Jets team in Week 6. While Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has had plenty to say about various Jets players to this point, sending almost all praise in their direction, when it came to quarterback Josh McCown, his appreciation went to a new level.
As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported, Belichick simply gushed about the 15-year veteran, touching on his athleticism, toughness and smarts.
“Very athletic guy,” Belichick said of McCown. “You can see his ability to run, extend plays, get out of trouble. He’s got quickness. He’s got some speed. He plays on his feet well, has good feet in the pocket.
“But look, he’s a tough guy. He’s very smart. I don’t know what happened in all of the situations that he was in. I just know what I see on film and from our interactions with him competitively. He’s a good player. He’s accurate. He gets the ball out quickly. He gets it to the open guy. If you make a mistake he is going to make you pay for it. If you line up in something that he can take advantage of then he can get his team into whatever the game plan play is, those types of things. Guys that are unblocked – he throws the hot or the sight-adjust or whatever is the appropriate part of the play.
It didn’t stop there, either. Florio also quoted Belichick speaking about the lack of mistakes that McCown throws, and how well he manages critical situations.
“You don’t see him making a lot of mistakes. You see him throwing the ball accurately and you see him athletically getting out of some trouble. He manages the team well. He’s good in close games at the end of the game, critical situations. I mean, there’s a lot to like about the guy.”
The Patriots coach is loving what McCown has done this year, and rightfully so. He’s completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 1,020 yards and six total touchdowns. He’s been a key reason why the Jets have been able to win three of their first five games in 2017.
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