“Surprising” If McCown Stays Healthy?May 15th, 2014
What to expect on the field from starting quarterback Josh McCown is unclear. He simply hasn’t started a full NFL season since he was drafted in 2003.
Thirteen 2004 starts with the Cardinals was by far his busiest year. Can he withstand punishment? That would surprise one prominent Bucs media voice.
Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud expressed his skepticism on WDAE-AM 620 this week.
“Josh McCown’s not going to go through, I think it would be surprising if he went through a whole season without getting hurt,” Stroud said. “With all due respect, almost no quarterback does that.”
Stroud went on to say, “You’re going to see Mike Glennon in some spots. I think they recognize that,” and he said when the Bucs eventually move to Glennon, their goal will be for permanence.
“You kinda know what [Glennon’s] got and now you want to sort of fine tune things and let him take a breath. And then when he goes to play, it’s for good,” Stroud.
Joe wouldn’t wager on McCown’s durability. However, Stroud is off the mark painting a picture of NFL starting QBs dropping like flies and rarely starting a full season.
In 2013, nine of 16 NFC teams had healthy starters available for every game:
Josh Freeman/Mike Glennon
In fact, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan haven’t missed a snap since 2009. Cam Newton has perfect attendance through his career. Part of being a “franchise” quarterback is being on the field consistently. Joe hopes McCown can grind it out. There’s no reason to think he can’t, but no evidence he can at 35 years old.
(Listen to Stroud talk plenty about Glennon in the WDAE-AM 620 audio cut below.)