CBS lead NFL analyst Tony Romo spoke to the media today. He weighed in on the decision the team made starting Josh McCown in the opener against the Buffalo Bills as transcribed by Darryl Slater.
"That [McCown starting] is in the best interest of the team. It's a good thing for them, to send the message to everybody: We're trying to win in Week 1 and this season. The NFL is a very finite thing between being good and bad. They have some pieces. They're a little bit away."
I do think something is lost when people say the Jets should start a young quarterback at any cost. I think in any business whether it is the NFL or not, the personnel decisions you make send a message to the rest of your organization. Aside from Bryce Petty’s spectacular Saturday night against the Giants, the two young guys struggled quite a bit in training camp and the preseason. McCown didn’t really play, but the two other guys seemed to play themselves out of the running.
I can’t quantify it, but I don’t think it sends a good message to the rest of the players that the young quarterbacks would get special treatment.