McCown Was Pretty Consistent In 2013June 3rd, 2014
It helps an offense immeasurably when the quarterback plays well. Misguided Bucs fans think Akeem Spence could play quarterback and just hand the ball off and the team could win a Super Bowl.
Joe has news for these types: Woody Hayes is dead.
No, the most important player on offense is the guy who touches the ball on each play, and who calls audibles when a defense is set up to stop a specific play radioed in from the sidelines.
The stat nerds over at Pro Football Focus actually coughed up some cool QB data. They broke down each quarterback’s numbers based on first down, second down and third down.
Bucs quarterback Josh McCown, playing for the Bears, was pretty damned consistent and overall had high marks, per the spreadsheeters. On first down, McCown completed 68 percent of his passes. On second down, 69 percent. On third down, McCown’s numbers dropped a bit as he connected on 62 percent of his attempts.
The third down numbers don’t shock Joe because, unless it is short-yardage situations, defenses pretty much expect passes on third downs. Those stats are actually pretty good.
If the Bucs can get that kind of consistency from McCown, then well, maybe the Bucs offense may just scare some teams, or at least force a few defensive coordinators to lose sleep.