RiskyMay 26th, 2014
The old saying goes, ‘if you don’t have a franchise quarterback, then you will always be looking for one.’
As much as many Bucs fans will have you believe a linebacker can play quarterback; that a quarterback is not necessary to win a Super Bowl in the 21st Century, that simply is bunk.
(Spare Joe the Russell Wilson lines. It’s not like this guy is Dieter Brock. Besides, Wilson is a damn fine quarterback).
This is why Pat Yasinskas of ESPN thinks the riskiest move the Bucs made in the offseason was banking on journeyman Josh McCown to replicate his five-game magic with the Bears last year.
Riskiest move: The Bucs quickly signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown and named him the starter. For a team that clearly is in a win-now mode, this is a risky move. McCown has been a backup most of his career and has made only 38 starts. He played well in relief of an injured Jay Cutler in Chicago last season. But there’s nothing in McCown’s track record to suggest that he can win consistently over the long haul. Coach Lovie Smith has history with McCown and is comfortable with the veteran quarterback. But the Bucs were in a position to get a potential franchise quarterback in the draft and they passed. Smith has gone out on a limb with McCown and second-year pro Mike Glennon is the only safety net.
It’s a fair assessment. From the morsels of information that have been dropped, the Bucs are going to throw the ball. The latest crumbs of evidence came from the draft — a wide receiver in the first round, a pass-catching tight end in the second around and a pass-catching back in the third round. Everything the Bucs have done suggests the Bucs will throw the ball often.
That puts a lot of pressure on a guy like McCown, or any unproven full-time starter. Can McCown show that last season was not a fluke? This will be the biggest question for the Bucs until the regular season begins, and maybe a few games into the regular season.