It’s Josh!!March 12th, 2014
Nobody’s going to convince Joe that Josh McCown was signed this afternoon as your newest Buccaneers quarterback to back up Mike Glennon.
It’s simply preposterous to think the Bucs would pay McCown $10 million over two years to hold a clipboard for No. 8, who is not up the task of leading the Bucs to what Lovie Smith says he desires immediately: to be “relevant.”
McCown, 34, seems like a wonderful, God-fearing family man. He’s learned plenty of NFL offenses and earned the blessings of many head coaches and coordinators during his 11-year NFL career, plus the one season he spent coaching high school football before Lovie revived him in Chicago. The Bucs are McCown’s sixth NFL team since he was a third-round pick of Arizona in 2002.
McCown has a 16-22 record in 38 career starts, a better percentage than the last Josh in the Tampa Bay area, but there is no way to spin it that McCown is a good starting NFL quarterback. Stack him up against the other NFL starters — let alone the nasty QB crew in the NFC South — and McCown is not the guy you want leading your offense.
Hopefully (Joe’s almost praying), McCown is here to do the job for which he is fantastically suited: to mentor/groom/guide/teach/foster a quarterback drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
If not, then Joe suspects McCown will win an epic preseason battle between him, Glennon, Mike Kafka and, perhaps, a rehabilitating Aaron Murray, or another late-round quarterback. That should have Bucs fans at the edge of their seats.