Trestman Happy For McCownMarch 24th, 2014
Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown will have a lot of eyes on him when training camp begins. A journeyman QB who will be 35 in July, McCown’s only real success in the NFL came last year in relief of bratty Jay Cutler.
Whether McCown can bring that success to Tampa Bay is another matter. Lovie Smith is gambling a lot on it.
Another guy smiling on McCown happens to be Bears coach Marc Trestman, as he told Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. He’s glad McCown is not returning to Chicago.
“The thing about it is that I’m excited for Josh,” Trestman said at the NFL owners meetings Sunday.
Trestman wanted McCown to return, but as a coach who waited decades for his chance to be in charge of an NFL team, he appreciates the starting opportunity McCown was given by Smith.
“It’s not tough at all [to lose McCown],” Trestman said. “We expressed our desire to want him back, but we’re totally excited about [his situation]. This is an example of how it should be. A guy gets an opportunity, he has success, other people see that he can help them and he’s able to benefit [professionally and economically]. I don’t know that it could happen any better or if there’s a better example of what it’s supposed to be about.”
What Joe found interesting was that two days before he signed with the Bucs, McCown was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and was asked point blank why he feels last year was not a fluke with the Bears. McCown said Trestman, a noted quarterback guru, opened his eyes to new things — skills he can carry to any team he goes to.
We shall see if Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford can rekindle that same magic Trestman tapped.