FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It feels like everyone around the Jets organization knows a secret, but no one is allowed to say it. The truth is that Sam Darnold has done everything this summer that a starting quarterback normally does to get ready for Week 1, while the other two quarterbacks haven't.
So it would be a pretty big shock, and maybe a huge disappointment for Darnold, if the rookie isn't named the Jets' starting quarterback, right?
"I mean, no, I wouldn't be disappointed, I wouldn't be surprised," a diplomatic Darnold said on Sunday. "Throughout my short career playing football, I've seen a lot of things. I mean, Teddy (Bridgewater) and Josh (McCown) are great players, so I wouldn't be surprised."
Maybe he wouldn't be surprised, but at this point everyone else would be if someone other than the 21-year-old Darnold is named the Jets' Opening Day starter. Even though both Bridgewater and McCown insist they'd be ready to do the job if they get the call, neither of them have gone through the usual starter preparations this summer. McCown has barely played at all and his practice reps have been limited. Bridgewater has done more, but has barely played at all in the preseason games with the first team.
Considering Bridgewater is in his first year with the Jets and all the quarterbacks are learning a new offense with first-year coordinator Jeremy Bates, that doesn't seem like an insignificant deal.
Still, the lid remains on what could and likely will be franchise-changing news whenever Bowles chooses to announce it. Bowles again said he has a "good idea" of what he'll decide and he doesn't seem to be stressing about it at all. Asked when he'll make it official, he again said "sometime next week ... maybe".
In the meantime, it sure seems like everyone knows but is refusing to say it -- including last year's starter, the 39-year-old McCown, who every day seems to morph more and more into a coach-like role.
"Those decisions are made by the coaches and we'll roll with that, whatever they see fit," McCown said. "When you pick somebody No. 3 overall and he's a rookie, obviously he's going to get a ton of work because they need that. And it's been great work for Sam. He's improved every day. It's been awesome to watch.
"But we'll be ready to go either way. That decision's up to coach. ... We'll be supportive whatever the decision is. If it's me I'll be ready to go. If it's Teddy he'll be ready to go. If it's Sam, we'll get behind him. Whenever coach makes that decision we'll be all for it and move forward."