Clarifying Brees-McCown ChatterJuly 14th, 2014
Last month, Bucs linebacker Jonathan Casillas, proud native of New Jersey, appeared on New York sports radio station WEPN-FM to talk — guess what? — Bucs football! Joe got word of this interview and it turned the NFL on its ears because Casillas compared former starting quarterback Josh McCown to future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
Wait! What? Drew Brees? McCown, 35, has basically only a handful of good games in his career.
Brees has been an absolute stud for years, has terrorized the Bucs ever since he signed with the Saints, and is widely regarded as one of the top four quarterbacks in the NFL, at worst.
This just didn’t add up, not even for Joe after several cold beers.
Casillas last week turned to SiriusXM NFL Radio to clarify his statements comparing Brees and McCown.
“I meant everything I said. I didn’t say this brashly or it was something I hadn’t thought about,” Casillas said. “I meant everything I said. I just didn’t want it to get taken out of context or get misconstrued. “I can’t compare the careers of Josh McCown and Drew Brees. It was not something I was doing. As far as being a professional … I think Drew Brees sets the standard. The younger quarterbacks, these guys look up to Drew and they follow him and the follow his protocol, not just the way he throws the ball, but the way he prepares, on the field, off the field, the way he conducts himself, the way he talks to people.”
Casillas said the way McCown mirrors Brees with his leadership qualities, his preparation, and the way his magnetism rubs off on teammates is “astounding.” In short, the way Casillas describes McCown is exactly the way Bucs coach Lovie Smith described McCown and why Lovie was so aggressive in bringing McCown to Tampa Bay.
Joe respects the hell out of what McCown brings and how Casillas describes McCown behind the scenes. That’s great, that’s good. But at the end of the day, it’s all about results.
If McCown cannot come close to replicating his performance last year subbing for bratty Jay Cutler, then it won’t matter how great of a leader and a person McCown is.
Look, there are hundreds of Eagle Scouts walking the streets who would walk barefoot on glass to be able to play in the NFL. The reason they aren’t quarterbacks in the NFL is because they can’t get the job done.
Leadership and character mean a lot and go a long way. It is results, however, that make or break both a team and a quarterback.
To hear more of Casillas’ interview, click the orange button below. Audio courtesy of SiriusXM NFL Radio.