McGovern a durable constant on Jets’ ever-changing O-line

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NEW YORK (Globe Live Media) – Conor McGovern is not used to losing. He can’t stand it. This disappointing season with the New York Jets has taken things to another level.

The veteran center describes itself as “extremely competitive”, a family product that cannot play card games together because things get too intense. That’s why tackling 0-13 is tough – especially when some fans are pushing for a winner-free season to secure the No. 1 overall draft pick in April.

“It’s not in my nature to lose,” McGovern said on Friday. “If you will be good at football and play at an elite level, you will never play to lose. So, I mean it can be easy for someone sitting on the couch to eat pizza, chips and dip. But if they ever strapped the pad, it is an impossible thing for me to do.

“So I’m going to do whatever I can to win.”

“Tank for Trevor!” It has been raining heavily for the past several weeks, with many Jets fans having scenes from Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence for next season.

Current players and coaches are still focused on the present, however. And that means trying to win this week. And every other week. This is why the disconnect is between players and some fans – where they are expecting opposite results.

“I don’t feel like anyone here is deliberately trying to lose,” McGovern said. “It hurts to lose. I don’t put my body through it, and I don’t think anyone on the jet tells their body to lose. This game is very difficult to do for a paycheck. Pay clear. There is one in form. Bonus, it is good and the types you set to put your body through it. But this game is very hard to do for a piece of paper and some money in the bank.

“You love to be great in this game. If you want to lose, you won’t like it.

McGovern’s comments echo those of Philadelphia center Jason Kell, who said earlier this week how winning was always a franchise’s priority in trying to develop young players or establish the team’s future by “tanking”. Should be

“No person can come into an organization and unlock a Super Bowl,” McGovern said. “It’s not just football. And to take (Kelce’s) word of mouth, it’s a team sport. This is a team game. And the team is going to win it. The organization is going to win it. “

But the Jets, whose 13-game losing streak is the longest in team history, are having a hard time winning a game. They also appear on the track with games at the Los Angeles Rams, Home vs. Cleveland and New England – only to go 0-16 to join the 2008 Detroit Lions and 2017 brows as NFL teams.

The 27-year-old McGovern spent his first four NFL seasons in Denver, where the Broncos didn’t win much during his time there, either. They were 27–37 and McGovern signed a three-year, $ 27 million contract with New York in April last year.

He has since turned into the most reliable part of the Jets and seemingly ever changing offensive line. New York has used eight combinations of linemen this season, but the constant has been McGovern.

“He has done a good job as far as just having knowledge of football in general,” said Adam Adam Gesse. “He really thinks about things, he does a great job of communicating with the rest of the line with the quarterback. His preparation is outstanding. I’ve been really impressed by it.”

McGovern is the only player to start all 13 games, having played 97.47% of offensive snaps. Linebacker Neville Hewitt and safety Marcus Maye are the only other players to start every game.

McGovern smiled and knocked over Wood’s lecture when a reporter noted his durability.

“I take great pride in it,” McGovern said. “This is something that I’ve been extremely proud of throughout my career, whether it’s high school, college or the NFL.”

It is not that McGovern has not made a bang during his career. This is just the approach he takes, like most offensive lineman.

“You’ve become a tough friend to play in the trenches,” he said. “It’s 65 to 80 fights in a game. And this is your mindset. Here or there little nick name, whatever it is, I was always told that there is a difference between an injury and an injury. As long as you are hurt, you can play the off-line.

“So that’s the kind of mentality I’ve always had with me.”

Note: WR Jameson Crowder (calf) is doubtful to play on Sunday. He was limited for the second straight practice on Friday. No others were listed with the injury designation. … Gess stated that DL Felorunso Fatucasi in the Reserve / COVID-19 list did not violate any rules when he was deemed to have close contact with someone outside the organization who tested positive with coronovirus. No other defensive lineman or coach was considered at risk.


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Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.