Banking On McCown’s “Mobility?”April 1st, 2014
Yes, the Bucs offense is a big mystery, highlighted by the mystery of what Josh McCown can actually offer as a full-time, season-long starter. McCown hasn’t been handed the keys to an opening-day offense since the Raiders’ in 2007.Interesting emphasis from Lovie at the NFL Owners Meetings last week was directed at McCown’s athletic talents. Lovie was excited about what McCown can deliver outside the pocket.
“He’s a very good athlete. He won’t get the credit for the athlete that he is. He brings mobility to the position, makes good decisions,” Lovie said.
Also during the same chat with Joe and reporters, Lovie talked about how Mike Glennon is the prototypical pocket passer and needs to improve his in-pocket movement. (Joe’s yet to hear any Bucs official speak about anything McCown needs to improve or any flaw in his game.)
Lovie’s words left Joe wondering just how much the Bucs expect McCown to play on the run in their new, “up tempo” offense? That seems like a tough challenge for a 35-year-old QB who is a stranger to the likely season-long punishment he’ll be expected to absorb. Is it even wise to want your old QB to move around much?
Lovie’s focus on “mobility” also had Joe wondering if that’s a tip-off to what kind of quarterback the Bucs will draft. Joe believes it is. And yes, Joe fully expects the Bucs to draft a QB this year. Jeff Tedford will give Lovie is a list of QBs he believes he can mold, and Lovie will get his hands on the first one he can score.