Doubting Josh McCownMay 31st, 2014
Broiling Bucs training camp starts in less than two months at One Buc Palace. Yes, football season will be here before you know it.
Despite what Bucs fans want to believe, Joe is suspicious of Jeff Tedford’s offense. Why should Joe be confident? No one has seen the full monty, much less anything in a game situation.
Sure, it appears the Bucs have pieces for a decent offense, so long as you ignore the offensive line. But the quarterbacks? Well, Joe will be polite and say they are a work in progress.
Perhaps the “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, was the first to offer doubts about McCown. Now it is Gary Shelton.
The veteran columnist for the Tampa Bay Times writes about the “embarrassing” history of quarterbacks for the Bucs, “a horror show that never ends,” and he too isn’t swallowing whole the sell that McCown can lead the Bucs to the promised land.
There is nothing reassuring about McCown, nothing that puts your concerns at ease. He is a vagabond quarterback on a franchise that has a history of them. Doubts and question marks are scattered around him. Even now, you can find an argument that suggests it will be a matter of a few games before Mike Glennon replaces him.
And why wouldn’t there be doubts? McCown is a 34-year-old passer who has started only 38 games in 11 years, and he has won only 16 of them. Yes, McCown was very good last year, but from 2008-2012, he threw all of 61 passes. Over his career, McCown has watched a great many other quarterbacks play.
The pieces to the quarterback puzzle are coming together, if we are take Bucs coach Lovie Smith at his words. He has said time and again the time to win is now. Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune noted last weekend how Glennon “absolutely” could start, especially if McCown struggles early. Shaun King agrees. Anthony Becht takes a quick hook for McCown a step further.
Shelton types that McCown likely is on a short leash and if McCown is subpar early, then here comes Glennon.
So when Lovie stated that Glennon is the “quarterback of the future,” maybe he was referring to October, if McCown can’t get the job done?