Not Sold on Josh McCownMay 24th, 2014
Few members of the local chapter 813 of the Tampa Bay pen and mic club have as colorful and powerful opinions as the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune. Ask him a question and you won’t get a fence-sitting answer.
A groggy Kaufman appeared on the “Kirk and Dinger Show” found on WHFS-FM 98.7 this week. Given the show is broadcast before most people consume their required morning dose of caffeine, it was understandable that Kaufman took much longer than usual to get revved up. What awakened eye-RAH! for good was a question about Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown.
In short, you won’t find Kaufman running around Pasco County waving pom-pons over McCown as the Bucs’ signalcaller.
“It is tough for me to get excited about McCown at this point, because, guys, let’s be honest: before that five-game stretch last year he was the epitome of a journeyman,” Kaufman said. “I mean he was the definition of a journeyman quarterback and I am not willing to change that based on five games yet.”
It’s hard to argue with Kaufman and it is the great question entering the 2014 season, much more so in Joe’s eyes than the offensive line. Was McCown’s five-game success filling in for an injured bratty Jay Cutler in Chicago a sign of the future, or a fluke?
Remember, McCown bounced around so often in the NFL that he took a year off, basically because he couldn’t find work.
A lot has been made of Lovie Smith taking a year off and studying all things football after he was bounced from Chicago? In many ways, that was a good thing. Was McCown’s year off also a good thing, or was last season just a blip on the radar?
Kaufman also stated backup quarterback Mike Glennon played well enough last year to make the starting job a competition, not an anointing by Lovie.