Josh McCown = Rich GannonMay 19th, 2014
Anytime the name of Josh McCown, erstwhile franchise quarterback for the Bucs at 35 years old (before training camp), is evoked around Lovie Smith, the usually-reserved head coach gets giddy. Well, as giddy as one could picture Lovie being.
As recently as when the Bucs finished their 2014 draft selections, Lovie said when discussing McCown, “and I love Josh.”
Robert Klemko of theMMQB.com thinks Bucs fans may be more enthusiastic about McCown than Lovie. Klemko believes if there is any quarterback in the NFL that can be the next Rich Gannon — a very late bloomer (molded by Chucky) of an NFL quarterback who became offensive MVP, it is McCown.
McCown, a journeyman who rededicated himself to the game during a season out of football, is being compared to Rich Gannon after a 13-touchdown, one-interception stint last season in Chicago when he filled in for an injured Jay Cutler. Gannon led the Raiders to the Super Bowl in 2002, McCown’s rookie year. “I loved the story, him doing it later in his career, it was really neat,” McCown says. “It’s not even fair to compare me to him. When he would drop back he knew exactly where he was going with the football. There was an intelligence to the way he played that stuck with me as a young player.”
Time will only tell if McCown is the next Gannon, or if McCown can just play average football and guide an average offense, which will be big improvement over last year.
Also, Klemko added what he thought of Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon.
I bet it will be a while before we see Mike Glennon, Lovie Smith’s “quarterback of the future,” under center in Tampa.