Peeking Into McCown’s FutureMarch 18th, 2014
The biggest guessing game for Bucs fans is what the heck the team will do on offense. Yes, Lovie Smith says he wants to run the ball. Yet to date, the guys slotted to start on the offensive line are more adept at pass blocking.
The key to the unknown is the Jeff Tedford mystery. The Bucs’ offensive coordinator has never coached on an NFL sideline, never participated in an NFL practice as an NFL coach. There’s very little to go by unless you delve into his college background, and even that evokes questions.
Former NFL general manager Bill Polian, who was as successful as an NFL front office executive as it gets, believes there is one piece to the puzzle Bucs fans should not lose a wink of sleep over, and that is Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown.
Speaking with Booger McFarland yesterday on WHFS-FM 98.7, Polian raved about McCown.
“I think he can still make all the throws and he doesn’t have a lot of mileage on him,” Polian said of McCown. “Second of all, he is very bright, very resourceful and is a great competitor. I happen to be friends with Chris Palmer who coached him in the UFL. Chris coached Eli Manning among other great quarterbacks in his long career. And he said that Josh McCown has everything you would want in a quarterback and the best thing about him is that he is not a swashbuckler. He realizes at this stage of his career he should make the high-percentage throw, that he shouldn’t turn the ball over, that you can win games by playing good, solid, sound football and not try to hit the big play all the time.
“And I think that with the running attack that the Bucs have, with the people they have to run the ball — there is a stable of them — I think they will have a good, solid attack and Josh will do just what he did in Chicago.”
Again, time will tell, but the way Polian described McCown, it is almost like the Bucs will try to hide their quarterback. When will people learn hiding a quarterback in today’s NFL will, at best, get you to spin your wheels?
And, yes, Polian trotted out the analogy that is really beginning to annoy Joe: the tripe about how you don’t need an offense to win the Super Bowl. At best, that is misleading. Yes, a defense sure helps, but at some point you need to score points. Russell Wilson isn’t exactly Seattle’s version of Blaine Gabbert.