Happy 35th Birthday, Josh McCown!July 4th, 2014
How could Joe get through this glorious day honoring the independence of the United States of America without also acknowledging that today is the 35th birthday of Tampa Bay’s leading man, starting quarterback Josh McCown.
Happy birthday, Josh!
Lovie Smith says McCown absolutely is the athletic quarterback a team needs, claiming McCown’s body and legs are young and fresh because he doesn’t have a lot of NFL miles on him. That is so true. McCown has just 38 starts since being selected in the third round of the 2002 draft.
And remember, Lovie said he likes the models that have been set by Seattle, Carolina and San Francisco. Those teams have special athletic quarterbacks.
McCown ran a 4.59 seconds 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine 12 years ago. Cam Newton ran the same time. Kaepernick and Wilson were also in the 4.5 range. McCown owned the best vertical leap.
One could say that goes to show combine data is meaningless, given McCown’s low level of NFL achievement. But the optimist could claim McCown’s athleticism, plus the intelligence developed from being student of the game for so many years, is finally coming together. And his strong five starts last season were just a warmup for 2014 greatness in pewter.
It’s McCown’s birthday, so Joe’s going to go with the latter.