Josh McCown?January 20th, 2014
It’s a safe bet the Bucs will have young quarterbacks fighting for a starting job next season. Whether that’s Mike Glennon, Johnny Football, Blake Bortles or anyone else, the Bucs would benefit from having an experienced backup with starting experience on the roster.
The Bucs haven’t had one of those since Byron Leftwich developed a mysterious injury in 2009.
Per ESPN Bears reporter Michael Wright, 34-year-old quarterback Josh McCown was given clearance by his wife to play another season.
McCown, essentially a career backup with 38 starts in 10 seasons, had Bears fans aroused this season when he was 3-2 filling in for bratty Jay Cutler and threw 13 touchdowns to just one interception, and completed two-thirds of his passes. His wins came against Green Bay, Dallas and Baltimore.
Reports had McCown considering retirement, but that seems to be hogwash now, and his contract is up.
Joe thinks McCown reuniting with Lovie Smith would be great, but not if a bunch of wacky Bucs fans are going to see it as a move that would push the Bucs over the top and into games in late January. McCown is who he is.
Again, Joe’s all in favor of McCown, but not if Lovie and Jeff Tedford pull some sort of Chucky-Brian Griese stunt — thinking a guy who never had it is going to somehow find it.