McCown Was “Great Athlete, Bad Quarterback”May 29th, 2014
The man who led the Bucs to the NFC Championship game after the 1999 season, former Tampa Bay QB Shaun King, also spent a season alongside Josh McCown in Arizona.
McCown was “the guy” for the Cardinals back in 2004, and it didn’t go too well for him.
Talking to host and former Bucs guard Ian Beckles today on WDAE-AM 620, King was asked what kind of QB McCown was during his last stint as the big starting quarterback on campus.
“Bad. Great athlete. Bad quarterback,” King said of McCown.
“What’s interesting is Josh got an opportunity that not a lot of guys get in this league. A lot of guys come in and they’re talented, but they just don’t get it. They can’t quite pick up the system. And, you know, they go to one or two teams and it doesn’t work and then they’re out of the league. Josh has been very fortunate where he’s been able to hang around long enough to where it looks like it clicks now. It looks like the light has come on upstairs, like he gets it.
“He’s always been a great dude, you know, but he’s never been a consistent decision maker. You know he’s never been a guy who really has mastered the mental aspect of the game. But it seems like because he’s been in the league so long, he’s matured in that aspect. And I can honestly say he looks like a different player from the guy I was with in Arizona. So hopefully he’s ready to take what he did last season, in a short sample size, and turn it into a productive two or three years as an every-down starter.”
King really isn’t saying anything McCown hasn’t said himself. Remember his telling interview with Linda Cohn of BSPN, when McCown referenced that married life diverted his football attention too much.
Joe’s glad King noted McCown starting for two or three years. Joe’s leery of the possible alternative.