When Rushed, McCown Fared WellJune 18th, 2014
Before Joe had played high school football, he learned something about the game that is a tried and true football axiom.
Joe grew up in the Midwest watching Jim Hart, who was, at best, erratic as a young quarterback. Suddenly, when Don Coryell took over the Cardinals, Hart became one of the better QBs in the league. Joe’s old man said the transformation was not difficult to decipher: “Simple. It’s hard to complete a pass when you are flat on your back.”
Translation: Even the best of quarterbacks will struggle without protection.
Those words rang in Joe’s head as he looked over the recent statistical gibberish pumped out by the nerds over at Pro Football Focus. In a summer reading series about quarterbacks, they posted stats when quarterbacks had two seconds or less time to unload the ball.
Bucs starter Josh McCown did pretty well in the face of defensive pressure. McCown, again, when given two seconds or less time to unload the ball under “dropback conditions,” completed 70.5 percent of his passes with a 78.9 accuracy rate. Not too shabby.
Glennon fared worse. He completed 63.4 percent of his passes under heavy pressure, again, two seconds or less, with an accuracy rate of 79.4 percent for a miserable 3.9 yards per attempt.
Perhaps this is why the Bucs don’t seem to be sweating (yet) over who is playing guard. Even if the guards can’t stop a cool breeze, McCown, at least last year, didn’t get rattled under a strong rush.