Was That The Real Josh McCown?

August 23rd, 2014

josh mccown 0317Say what you want about Josh McCown, but he got the job done today in Buffalo.

It wasn’t always pretty and it wasn’t perfect, but it was darn good on the road behind a shaky at best Bucs offensive line.

In two quarters of action, McCown finished 13-for-16 for 112 yards, with a touchdown. His interception? It was a pick on which tight end Brandon Myers seemed deserving of a chunk of blame.

Joe liked the poise McCown showed after two opening drives that featured the train wreck version of the O-line. McCown absorbed big hits and settled in to find Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans consistently (eight times total) when he had more than a second seconds to breathe. He also quickly recognized a sea of green in front of him and looked good on a 19-yard scramble.

Overall, it was a level of quarterback play Bucs fans haven’t seen in quite a while against a strong Buffalo front-7.

No, Joe doesn’t think McCown will rise to the level of his fellow NFC South quarterbacks, but today’s performance was very encouraging.

36 Responses to “Was That The Real Josh McCown?”

  1. Couch Fan Says:

    I can admit I was wrong. McCown has looked like the better QB of the two. Hope he can limit the turnovers and we just might have a shot at a good season.

  2. DallasBuc Says:

    Good assessment Joe.

  3. snook Says:

    Cam Newton sucks.

  4. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Seems like McCown started to trust his eyes and Oline as game wore on.

  5. BucsFanInChina Says:

    Name one player in the current 1st string Bills defense. Okay, then.

  6. Eric Says:

    Should get better as they play more together. Not sure any of the other nfc south qb’s would do much better in the situation Josh is in.

    Given new players and new offense and all.

    But that was Lovie ball today.

    I say he knows what he is doing.

  7. Trubucfan22 Says:

    McCown is showing enough to keep him cemented as the starter. He made some big time accurate throws.

    Glennon looked like the glennon I’ve come to expect, inconsistent accuracy and one of the easiest qbs to sack in the nfl. Down like a sack of bricks with no one even touching him. Lol

  8. buddha Says:

    Take another look at Cam’s performance yesterday and that offensive line in Carolina. And you really can’t call Ryan’s performance last season anything but average. I think you have them way overrated, Joe. McCown may never look pretty but he has nerves of steel, enough experience, and really good coaching. Glad to see you give him a little credit. Time will tell. When is the last time Tampa led 24-0 at the half?

  9. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Marcel Darius, Kevin Williams, Mario Williams, Brandon spikes, those are the bigger names….

  10. Thomas Says:

    They were number 2 in sacks last year. It doesn’t make a difference if you cant name them (Buffalo’s D-line)

  11. buddha Says:

    Excuse me, ever hear of Mario Williams, former number 1 draft pick!

  12. Mike10 Says:

    Good assessment, again that O line is of MUCH concern/still a disaster. The play at QB becomes a coin toss with whoever is throwing without protection…

  13. Bucx01 Says:


    Williams, Dareus, and Hughes on the D line… All were 1st rd picks. The 4 starters on the D line had 41 sacks last year. Tampa as a team had 35.

    Both CB McKelvin and Gilmore were 1st rd picks.

    Bills had the 10th best D last year and a great front 7.

  14. Jonny 2.3 Says:

    @BucsFaninChina: I don’t know how serious a fan you are of the sport, but many fans of the sport (not just the Bucs), know quite a few players on Bills D. Guys like Mario Williams, Dareus, Kyle Williams, Kiko Alonso, Stephon Morris, Brandon Spikes and from who I saw today, Keith Rivers. These are all popular/recognizable names in the NFL because of their play. A good performance against Bills D deserves commendation.

  15. Eric Says:

    Takes time for a bunch of new guys to form a cohesive oline.

    Doesnt mean they are bad players.

    Thankfully we have a hell of a defense, coached by one of the best defensive minds in the game, to pull us through till our offense picks up.

    Im liking our chances.

  16. Broy3434 Says:

    I was about to rip bucsfaninchina to shreds until I realized he is : 1. Completely joking/trolling/being sarcastic or 2. Is looking for some friends on here so wants to get in on the commenting despite not knowing what he’s speaking of.

  17. Buc the Haters Says:

    This could be a blueprint for a successful season: all units contributing; stout aggressive defense, mostly-effective and tenacious offense, and solid special teams…. We are going to have our ups & downs within games, but I feel like we’ll be able to come out on top in most of them. I see a possible 10-6 to 12-4 season coming, gentlemen. And yes, maybe a possible SB run if we are playing much better by the end of the year.

  18. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Guess noone watches football in China then.

  19. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Ej Manuel First rounder, Sammy Watkins First rounder, Mike Evans Second rounder (Played for us DUHHHHH) CJ Spiller First rounder…………………Do you need me to go on China man

  20. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Meant Mike Williams

  21. gatrbuc17 Says:

    I was about to rip bucsfaninchina to shreds until I realized he is : 1. Completely joking/trolling/being sarcastic or 2. Is looking for some friends on here so wants to get in on the commenting despite not knowing what he’s speaking of.
    LOL If facetiousness escaped me then Im gonna blame it on the bottle of Jim Beam Im drinking in celebration

  22. ManzielMadness Says:

    @gatrbuc17 5th rounder lol

  23. BucBob1 Says:

    I can see this offence progressing, and coming together more, and more, every week. Hopefully, by playoff time, we’ll be peaking and playing our best football.

  24. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Manziel Madness………..We are both wrong. Fourth rounder lol

  25. Capt.Tim, Back from Davie Jones's locker Says:

    Offense looked real good- against one of the better defenses.
    Defense looked great.
    I like the glimpse we got of Tedford’s offense.

    All in all- it’s what we hoped for, the Day they hired Lovie. E was the right Choice. Proved it all day today. This team looked like a real threat to win some games!!!
    Been years since I could say that!

    Great fun watching a well built and coached team today!!
    Bring on Carolina! We got sumthin for those Pussycats!

    But We better settle that O-line down, and get them comfortable together.
    Cause Glennon proved he needs to be on the bench this year- not starting.
    If he’s behind center, we are in trouble

  26. Capt.Tim, Back from Davie Jones's locker Says:

    Damn it. My post are disappearing!

  27. gatrbuc17 Says:

    BTW Manziel looks really good.

  28. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Are people automatically assumed to be from Europe when the spell offense “offence”?

  29. ManzielMadness Says:

    gatrbuc17 lol that’s right…and at least we get gator football next week

  30. gatrbuc17 Says:

    A FREAKIN MEN ManzielMadness

  31. BritBucsince92 Says:

    Technically speaking McCown could be the 4th worst QB in the NFC South but still be the NFL’s 4th best QB. Realistically he could certainly end up ranking in the top 15 at seasons end and I won’t complain at that with our D.

  32. BritBucsince92 Says:

    @gatrbuc17 Says: Are people automatically assumed to be from Europe when the spell offense “offence”?

    Are people automatically assumed to be from the USA when they spell “they” – “the”?

    Just a friendly dig from across the pond …. LOL

  33. gatrbuc17 Says:

    I was asking a serious question while celebrating our first team doing so well with some jim beam. My fingers don’t cooperate as well right now.
    Way to support the team Ive been with since 76 across the pond. Go Bucs

  34. Brandon Says:

    BritBucsince92 Says:
    August 23rd, 2014 at 9:40 pm
    @gatrbuc17 Says: Are people automatically assumed to be from Europe when the spell offense “offence”?

    Are people automatically assumed to be from the USA when they spell “they” – “the”?

    No, the Canadiens spell “Offence” and “Defence” with “C’s” as well… but as far as American’s go, take your pick, some of them just can’t spell, others are just plain stupid… I think Gtrbuc probably made a typo….but regardless, when pointing out others’ grammatical mistakes, they should try their best to get their own sentences correct.

  35. Zam Says:

    It’s too bad the dress rehearsal was against Buffalo. They looked so awful that it’s hard to gauge what the Bucs are really going to be.

    Still not sold on McCown at all. I’m hoping to be wrong though because it means the Bucs will do well.

  36. Dreambig Says:

    McCown is a mystery. Sometimes he looks decent, but I know in a little over 4 quarters he has played this preseason, he has two pics and two fumbles and numerous sacks from holding the ball too long. That would equate to him loosing the ball 4 times a game. I don’t care what he does the rest of the game, if keeps that up we are in trouble.

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