McCown Predicted To Last 10 Games As StarterJune 11th, 2014
Here’s a serving of cake and coffee for the Mike Glennon Mob: Pat Kirwan, the former Jets personnel executive and linebackers coach who’s now an analyst for CBS Sports and NFL Radio, has served up a bold take on eight starting quarterbacks he believes already are on a hot seat.
Kirwan checked in with various NFL front office suits, plus coaches, and crafted a list.
One pair of broiling buttocks, Kirwan says, belongs to new Bucs starter Josh McCown, joining the likes of Brian Hoyer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chad Henne, Matt Cassel, Geno Smith and Jake Locker. Kirwan offered little hope any of those starters would make it through the season before being defrocked in favor of their backups.
Kirwan predicted 10 McCown starts and then a new Glennon era would begin.
Contracts speak louder than opinions, and none of the starting eight QBS here are anywhere near the top paid players on their roster. Schaub has the highest average salary at $6.75 million, which is not close to true NFL starter money. As a group, they average $3.25 million a year, which is backup money for quarterbacks and most of them are on short-term deals.
I surveyed a few NFL coaches, front office executives and former NFL people, and the two QBs most likely to complete the season as the starter were Cassel and Fitzpatrick, followed by Jake Locker. But no one thought they would all make it through the 16-game regular season as starters.
McCown must prove himself once the season begins, but Joe doubts Lovie Smith will have a quick hook.
However, the hook should be there if McCown doesn’t look like “the guy” and the Bucs have faded from the playoff chase. Lovie and Jason Licht aren’t foolish enough to roll through an entire year with a 35-year-old quarterback who isn’t performing — and one who has never played a good full season in the NFL.
If that becomes the Bucs’ sad reality, then there’s little reason not to roll with Glennon to see if he can rebound from his dreadful December and look like a winner — or potential winner — in Jeff Tedford’s offense.
Kirwan’s survey of NFL executives is very intriguing. Damn, Joe would love to hear that chatter.