Did Married Life Stunt McCown’s Growth?March 27th, 2014
Joe’s got plenty of readers who sit around and drink beer and talk about or think about how their wife or girlfriend or kids are holding them back from professional success.
Sometimes it’s real; sometimes it’s imagined.
It seems Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown has plenty in common with these average Joes.
In a revealing interview with BSPN recently, McCown revealed that it wasn’t just exposure to quarterbacks guru/Bears head coach Marc Trestman that revived his career in Chicago. It was better management of his family life.
McCown wasn’t sure he was giving football his all before he got to Chicago.
“A lot of it’s work ethic, it’s the time I spent in the facility and working and the hours I put in that were different than I had done in previous years,” McCown said.
“I think a lot of things go into that. Early in my career, we moved out to Arizona. We had young kids. You know, we were young parents, and a young married couple. All those things go into, you know, trying to juggle what everyday people that work go through, you know juggling careers and family and those things that we value. We were no different. So I think from a maturity standpoint for me, just growing and understanding how to prioritize those things, how to give them the right time and the right focus.”
In addition to harder work as a QB, McCown said Trestman’s offensive plans in Chicago “felt so good” and he such complete “confidence and trust in the coaches” that he was inspired to greatness.
Wow. Well, NFL newcomer Jeff Tedford sure has a super high standard to live up to — the Bears’ offense was ranked No. 2 in the NFL last year.
As for McCown now effectively managing his family time, that was quite a curveball revelation. He’s not your typical NFL player. As McCown said in the interview, he was so grateful to be in the league when he figured out some of the mistakes of his professional past. Few players, at any position, get that opportunity.