McCown Won’t Force His LeadershipApril 15th, 2014
Starting quarterback Josh McCown talked about his approach to the new Bucs season this afternoon at One Buc Palace.
And Joe liked how McCown explained that his lauded leadership ability doesn’t mean he’s forcing anything or making speeches just because all eyes are on him as the starter out of the gate.
Things, for McCown, are just like they were last season in Chicago, where he backed up Jay Cutler. Joe asked McCown whether he behaved differently as a guy who was looked to in the locker room for leadership on Day 1.
“No. I try to be the same,” McCown said. “I think on any team, I need everyone to be themselves. And so for me whether it’s being a backup quarterback or a starter, just be yourself. Just bring whatever your gifts are and talents, and bring that to our team and that will help us be better. So I don’t feel like there’s anything different this week than there was the first week of the offseason program in Chicago.”
McCown went on to say he’s learned from experience that leaders come from all places on a team, whether it be the No. 4 receiver or anyone down the depth chart. Every player, McCown said, as the potential to bring a significant impact to the locker room.
As for leadership style, McCown said leaders have to be “genuine.” If not, he said, they’ll lose out.
“Pretty soon you’ll look up and nobody will be following you,” McCown said.