"I've been saying that", said Bowles, when asked the lingering question. (At minimum, he'll tie a career high in starts when he takes the field Sunday in Denver, with 13.) For Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, this likely means waiting at least another offseason for an opportunity to start - in NY or elsewhere.
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown, whom many fans hoped would be named the starter over Jay Cutler during his tenure in Chicago, was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week, throwing for 331 yards as he continued his strong season for the New York Jets. "It's a one-game-at-a-time mentality, but I have a ton of respect for the guys that have played and started for a long time in consecutive games, whether it's (Brett) Favre, or Tom (Brady) or Peyton and Eli (Manning), all those guys. I just need to continue to keep working and developing those things I need to develop".
The odds were stacked against McCown to begin this season, both because of his age and the state of the organization.
General manager Mike Maccagnan and Bowles could formulate an evaluation of the two.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Josh McCown has had the type of season that few people other than the New York Jets quarterback himself could have expected. There is no last-minute contingency plan if the Jets fall out of playoff contention. McCown is playing the best football of his career and is the main reason the team is in this position. "I didn't realize that (Thorpe) was playing at 38, so good for him". Petty and Hackenberg must accept that fact.
"As a competitor, you obviously want to play", the 26-year-old, 2015 fourth-round pick out of Baylor said. "But at the same time, man, for his career and what he's gone through, how do you not root for a guy to finish it out right?" "I always tell young guys, 'Hopefully you're going to get an opportunity to play at some point.' So it's not necessarily if, but when".
Hackenberg has yet to take a regular-season snap since the Jets drafted him in the second round of the 2016 draft. The 22-year-old avoids getting "frustrated" over his lack of playing time because it's a "counter-productive way to do it".
Now, he has a shot, barring injury, to play in all 16 for the first time.
"For me, personally, I think making sure I stay focused on that, and continuing to grow from that, finding ways to get better, and waiting for that opportunity. I don't see why [Bowles] would go for a change", he said. And for me, it starts with a plan each week, trying to set goals for myself and to get better in those areas. "And then...develop a plan for the offseason and really attack that".
Hackenberg, who has apparently learned a lot from McCown, fully understands this decision.
"At this position, knowledge is power".