Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that McCown will be a player-coach for the team this week after the veteran quarterback asked about being assigned the responsibility.
"Yes, I can see that in him," Bowles said when asked if McCown has the traits necessary to succeed in coaching. "If that's what he wants to do, I can see him being an excellent coach when he's done playing."
It makes sense the Jets would have McCown provide some guidance to a young quarterback stable that figures to have a very challenging Sunday against a Saints team eager to bounce back from last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. McCown's player-coach role likely will be an extension to the mentor role he's fulfilled for Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg since joining the team.
The quarterback completed 67.3 of his passes for 2,926 yards, 18 touchdowns and just nine interceptions -- not bad for a 38-year-old a lot pundits thought was washed up coming into the season.