“He Is A Vagabond Quarterback”June 30th, 2014
Bucs quarterback Josh McCown “is the epitome of a journeyman.” Joe will never forget those words delivered by he “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, when he recently appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
And yes, Joe also finds it hard to believe that a quarterback, in but five games last year, can completely turn his career around at the ripe age of 35, which is what McCown will be when the regular season begins.
Yes, McCown is a good dude and hosannas sung about McCown’s intangibles from everybody from Bucs coach Lovie Smith to All-World wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Joe also has seen how McCown’s Bucs teammates have rallied around him with practices away from One Buc Palace, which is cool (but, by the way, how did those Josh Freeman-led workouts in Bradenton a few years ago turn out?).
But Joe is willing to buy what the Bucs are selling about McCown, maybe because of that four-letter word, “hope.” Veteran sports column Gary Shelton, however, isn’t quite willing to swallow the sale.
Shelton hoped the Bucs would have drafted a quarterback last month. He told his Tampa Bay Times readers the Bucs have an “embarrassing” history of quarterbacks and he isn’t willing to believe quite yet the Bucs have the next Rich Gannon on the roster.
Right now, however, you have your doubts. Of course you do. Despite the offseason grades, despite the growing optimism, the Bucs still have the least-impressive quarterback situation in the NFC South Division.
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 2008-12, he threw all of 61 passes. Over his career, McCown has watched a great many other options play quarterback.
Shelton later types that the history of Bucs quarterbacks is a “horror show that never ends.” And yes, Joe agrees that watching the Bucs offense has often felt like an eye rake from Freddy Krueger, only without the hot nubile (often, wet) young babes running around screaming in various stages of undress, unless you factor in the Bucs cheerleaders sweating on a steamy September afternoon.
But Joe is willing to see what type of magic Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford can muster with his quarterbacks.
Sadly, until proven otherwise, Joe still believes the Bucs have the fourth-best quarterback in the division. That’s just not a good thing.