Josh McCown = ToughJune 1st, 2014
A lot of football types are trying to make the connection between Bucs quarterback Josh McCown and former Super Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon. Like Gannon, McCown was a journeyman backup who, at 34, caught fire for five games with the Bears as he filled in for bratty Jay Cutler.
Gannon woeful with the Chiefs and had a modicum of success with the Vikings before he ignited after Chucky got a hold of him in Oakland.
While many like to connect the dots between McCown and Gannon, Gannon, speaking to Booger McFarland of WHFS-FM 98.7 recently, did not say McCown is the modern-day version of himself. But Gannon raved about McCown and thinks the Bucs have a gem.
“Booger, I like a lot of things about Josh,” Gannon said. “First and foremost I like his toughness. He has had to overcome a lot of adversity. He bounced around. Then he spent three years in Chicago and he has matured not only physically as a passer but as a person. I think he is ready for this opportunity. He was ready in Chicago, clearly. Very efficient and he finally got into a system with Marc Trestman in Chicago that made sense for him.
“I got a chance to work with him for a day along with the rest of the quarterbacks up in Chicago and I came away thoroughly impressed. He’s been through battles and he is battle-tested and a tough guy who I think will play all 16 games.”
Gannon did something rare as a player. He was on the verge of seeing his professional days over and the light bulb went on.
Now, was that his doing or was it Chucky’s or was it just a perfect confluence of Gannon’s skills arriving in Oakland at the right time to fit Chucky’s offense?
Another question to ponder: A lot of people are referring to Trestman as a guru of quarterbacks and offense. He has a history of doing those things in his long pro career. Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has a long history of quarterback development, too, but on the college level.
As all Bucs fans learned last year, not all college guys are good fits in the NFL.