Grading Josh McCown

August 16th, 2014

McCownlaughWe know the new Bucs offense is under a veil of secrecy, but what about the new Bucs starting quarterback?

Consider Josh McCown has thrown just 11 passes in two preseason games.

For the record, McCown is 7-for-11 for 66 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. That’s an awfully tiny sample size for the new leader of the Bucs offense, under a new offensive coordinator of an offense trying to find a rhythm.

Of course, Joe gets that it’s preseason. So far, it’s clear McCown has got plenty of tough guy in him, taking two very hard hits tonight on the Bucs’ opening series, after running for his life last week. McCown is mobile (for now) but Joe’s not about to place McCown among the NFL’s scramblers. He can get out of trouble, but there’s nothing in his history to suggest he’s going to be improvising his way to victory.

Outside of a bunch of happy and accurate leadership love for McCown coming out of training camp, Bucs fans pretty much only have tonight’s four-play scoring drive to hang their hats on. It felt good. McCown hit a couple of precision 10-yard strikes, including one to Vincent Jackson for a touchdown.

That one drive is driving an awful lot of hope.

Next week, with Lovie Smith playing his first team into the second half, a lot more McCown questions should be answered.

29 Responses to “Grading Josh McCown”

  1. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    WE should see just a touch more of the offensive system as well. I liked what was unveiled tonight. The no huddle was very nice.

    I saw McCown hold onto the ball 1-2 times a bit long, but for the most part he was releasing it fast and accurate.

    Glennon had a much improved opening series, but bombed as the game went on.

  2. Jeagan1999 Says:

    McCown looked good …most of the time. Biggest thing with McCown was a it of indecision. Glennon looked …eh, started ok , went downhill after the big Evans fumble. Seemed like he threw behind a couple of his receivers. Kafka also looked ok at times, not so great others. To be expected from the third guy. Biggest problem remains the O-line …they’re just not consistently protecting the QB or opening holes for the RB’s. Kinda hard to feel too great about our offense through the first two preseason games…I’d be calling S.F. tonight and making them an offer they can’t refuse for Boone! Hope that Will Golston and Mike James are ok.

  3. deminion Says:

    Is it bad QB play or bad OLine play ?

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    The starters were good. The backups were not.

  5. Mike10 Says:

    Josh McCown aka Josh Garcia

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    We should trade Dashan. He’ll end up suspended anyway.

  7. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    @mike10

    at least Garcia had a resume, he could throw it further than 10 yards as well.

    good to see the Mccown fan club is show up around here.

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Bitter MGMers predicting disaster because their boy sucks.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Way too small of a sample size….and seemed like vanilla offensive plays……a great deal of running on 1st down….and not much success….
    Glennon had a play action on first down and barely missed his target down field….I think the play shocked Miami because we were running on 1st down so much.
    A little better Oline play and fewer penalties tonight. Except for GMC, I still am not seeing the pressure on the QB we need.
    Other teams always seem to pressure us more than we do them as we lost the sack battle 5-1.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    McCown 5 of 7 128 rtg
    Glennon 6 of 12 70.5 rtg

    Yet Realist “claims” there is no difference.

  11. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    lol Bonzai calling the kettle black.

  12. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    talk to me when old man mcCown takes the offens more than 30 yards. Ughh its going to be a long season.

  13. Arealbucsfan Says:

    McCown looked decent as well as Glennon. But it’s hard to tell what u have with an o-line like that.

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    So, Realist….I can talk to you. He took it over 40 yards tonight. You really do not watch the games, do you? It shows.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    46 yards to be precise.

  16. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    i was talking to score, not total years, sorry to insult your hero though

  17. Owlykat Says:

    McCown showed that he could capitalize on a turnover and lead the first team offense to a touchdown and had a great five of seven completion rate. Now, the Bucs left the first string Offensive Line in the game so you could compare Josh to Glennon. For the first time the Glennon Mob can not blame the failures of their beloved albatross on his OL. Glennon proved he is just a loser! First he had an inaccurate throw to the side of the field deep. Later he overthrew his outlet running back on a short pass behind the line of scrimmage, and, although he has concentrated on holding on to the ball and not causing a turnover, that was a waste of time, because he turned over the ball once again just like last year. Of course his third down completion rate was awful once again. I have said all along this dog can’t hunt! He can’t! Lovie should have forseen this and traded off the albatross before the Preseason as I urged, because now he can’t even get a 7th round draft choice for the loser. Kafka behind the third string line marched the BUCs 75 yards and with seconds left took a big hit from a jail house blitz but still managed a touchdown strike! Had Kafka gotten the opportunity with the first string OL, wasted on Glennon, the Bucs would have won easily! Lovie, wake up and promote Kafka to the second string QB, and when you win next week, cut Glennon, and sign Tebo who is a proven NFL winner who has been terribly discriminated against because of exercising his freedom of religion. (That is the only way to compensate for failing to get a quality QB of the future with our first pick).

  18. Owlykat Says:

    McCown showed that he could capitalize on a turnover and lead the first team offense to a touchdown and had a great five of seven completion rate. Now, the Bucs left the first string Offensive Line in the game so you could compare Josh to Glennon. For the first time the Glennon Mob can not blame the failures of their beloved albatross on his OL. Glennon proved he is just a loser! First he had an inaccurate throw to the side of the field deep. Later he overthrew his outlet running back on a short pass behind the line of scrimmage, and, although he has concentrated on holding on to the ball and not causing a turnover, that was a waste of time, because he turned over the ball once again just like last year. Of course his third down completion rate was awful once again. I have said all along this dog can’t hunt! He can’t! Lovie should have forseen this and traded off the albatross before the Preseason as I urged, because now he can’t even get a 7th round draft choice for the loser. Kafka behind the third string line marched the BUCs 75 yards and with seconds left took a big hit from a jail house blitz but still managed a touchdown strike! Had Kafka gotten the opportunity with the first string OL, wasted on Glennon, the Bucs would have won easily! Lovie, wake up and promote Kafka to the second string QB, and when you win next week, cut Glennon, and sign Tebo who is a proven NFL winner who has been terribly discriminated against because of exercising his freedom of religion. (That is the only way to compensate for failing to get a quality QB of the future with our first pick).

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t think Glennon played that well toninght…..but the Evans fumble kind of wiped out one really good play….
    I don’t like some of the playcalling…..to many runs on 1st down….not giving QBs a chance….

  20. Arealbucsfan Says:

    We’re not seeing the full offense guys. Staff is probably jus looking for players that can fill in. We’ll get a little taste of our offense next week

  21. Bawlmerbucfan Says:

    I think Bonzai and Realist should just exchange phone numbers and go on a date already. :-)

  22. lurker Says:

    ” …and sign Tebo who is a proven NFL winner who has been terribly discriminated against because of exercising his freedom of religion.”

    jesus h christ. are you drunk on holy water, or what?

  23. unbelievable Says:

    Owlycat ur perpetual man crush on Tebo is pathetic and starting to get weird. You’ve been posting about tebow for 2 years now?

  24. BUCSLEGENDS Says:

    @ Owlykat, while you make some good points you basically loose me when you start with the rude name calling. Come on man keep it classy. Calling Mike Glennon albatross and loser do absolutely nothing to help you make your case. GO BUCS !!!!!!!

  25. Brandon Says:

    Glennon looked okay but then he started doing the Glennon thing and looking at the rush and taking sacks. Those two sacks he took should have been avoided.

  26. Harry Says:

    I liked what I saw with McCown, and I thought the Oline did better, still not good, but better. I agree, too many run attempts on 1st down especially with an Oline that badly lacks good guard play. I hope that improves one way or another once CAR comes to town.

  27. Phred Says:

    If the O-line gets fixed, the limiting factor on offense will be the QB play. Currently, both McNown and Glennon are average to below-average NFL QBs. Glennon has some upside and expect him to start this season (as soon as it becomes apparent McNown will not be leading us to the playoffs this year). Glennon will not lead us to the playoffs this year either but I’d like to see him get some valuable experience for next year when we have a more realistic chance of contending for a playoff spot.

    Think of this entire season as pre-season for the Bucs.

  28. Couch Fan Says:

    McCown played much better than last week but he’ll need to be better for us to win games. Glennon played decent to start the game then not so much the rest of it. Good news is we looked much better than last week overall. Hopefully next week we continue to show improvement.

  29. Carls Toe Says:

    Kafka Klan has a pep in their step! Good chance of QB injuries this year!

 
 

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