The Best Josh McCown Helicopter Fumble of the NFL Weekend


A career journeyman, Josh McCown became a pretty serviceable NFL quarterback. He’s made 76 career starts playing for nearly 10 NFL franchises. McCown also had four seasons with more than 2,000 passing yards. He’s thrown to some very talented wide receivers throughout over NFL journey, including Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith, and Josh Gordon. McCown is a classic West-Coast offense quarterback, mobile enough to be effective, but not a runner. One of the best qualities of McCown is knowing his limitations–it’s what allowed him to remain in the league for so long. Well on Sunday, he forgot who he was. In the first quarter of the game versus the New York Jets, Josh McCown thought he was a helicopter, leading to a fumble in the Jets’ endzone.

Jets’ cornerback Antonio Brown recovered the ball for a touchback taking a possible Browns touchdown off the scoreboard. The fumble was the start of a bad day for the Browns at MetLife Stadium. But it was also one of the better highlights from the NFL weekend.

Browns Quarterback Struggles

McCown obviously watched too many John Elway clips growing up. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to do it for John. Worst yet, early reports from the game are that Josh McCown suffered a concussion on the run into the endzone. Johnny Manziel, the troubled Heisman-award winning quarterback from Texas A&M, came into the game to relieve the injured McCown. The New York Jets would ultimately go on to win, 31-10, but McCown’s attempted John Elway impression will forever remain an iconic NFL play.

Jets’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and Chris Ivory ran for two scores, to pace the Jets to their 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns to open the season. Todd Bowles won his first game as the new Jets head coach.

The Browns quarterback situation has been chaotic to begin the season. In training camp, Johnny Manziel was expected to compete and win the starting quarterback spot. But Manziel has been slow to pick up the Browns offense or adjust to the speed of the NFL game. McCown will now enter into the league’s concussion protocol before he’s cleared to play.


Quick Injury News from Around the League

New York Jets’ cornerback Antonio Cromartie left the game against the Browns with a knee injury. Jets’ rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was taken to a hospital after being carted off the field with head and neck injuries. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury.

Also, Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson left his game against the Miami Dolphins with a hamstring injury.