Josh McCown?

January 20th, 2014

He’s back in the mix

It’s a safe bet the Bucs will have young quarterbacks fighting for a starting job next season. Whether that’s Mike Glennon, Johnny Football, Blake Bortles or anyone else, the Bucs would benefit from having an experienced backup with starting experience on the roster.

The Bucs haven’t had one of those since Byron Leftwich developed a mysterious injury in 2009.

Per ESPN Bears reporter Michael Wright, 34-year-old quarterback Josh McCown was given clearance by his wife to play another season.

McCown, essentially a career backup with 38 starts in 10 seasons, had Bears fans aroused this season when he was 3-2 filling in for bratty Jay Cutler and threw 13 touchdowns to just one interception, and completed two-thirds of his passes. His wins came against Green Bay, Dallas and Baltimore.

Reports had McCown considering retirement, but that seems to be hogwash now, and his contract is up.

Joe thinks McCown reuniting with Lovie Smith would be great, but not if a bunch of wacky Bucs fans are going to see it as a move that would push the Bucs over the top and into games in late January. McCown is who he is.

Again, Joe’s all in favor of McCown, but not if Lovie and Jeff Tedford pull some sort of Chucky-Brian Griese stunt — thinking a guy who never had it is going to somehow find it.

31 Responses to “Josh McCown?”

  1. lightningbuc Says:

    “Per ESPN Bears reporter Michael Wright, 34-year-old quarterback Josh McCown was given clearance by his wife to play another season.”

    Oh great, another Mrs. Tynes!

  2. Investwax Says:


    Bucs have made good advances towards fan excitement. Bringing in a back-up to train our potential starter is not going to do anything to fill seats. And let’s face it, filling seats is one of the two top priorities.

    Bring in someone that has the potential to add excitement while you develop the future. . . Michael Vick.

  3. Investwax Says:

    Continuing on the Vick idea: Father Dungy is more likely to get involved with this roster if his project is brought in.

  4. Northend Says:

    Hey baby,Lovie has that gig in Tampa and since he called and asked if I could come down and help him mentor some young talent what you think about another year or 2.We can get out of cold ass miserable Chicago and pick up a nice little luxury crib on the water and wear shorts all year round,plus he’s gonna pay me F$&k you money to do it.Can I pleaseeeeee.

  5. Mike J Says:

    In ESPN’s QB ratings, McCown led the league.NFL Passer Rating of 109.

  6. OB Says:

    Since football is also a business, having two young QBs, both wanting to be the starter vs one young QB who is the starter until he proves differently, and a seasoned QB who costs way less and is fine as a backup makes more business sense and saves cap money for what we need to make any QB/offense work, OL and receivers.

  7. Ryan Says:

    False! Josh McCown is our answer to the playoff hunt!

    There’s clearly no “Andrew Luck-like” QBs in this draft. Well, maybe Manziel but it looks like the fail city of Cleveland will take him. All the others are overrated (like Bortles and Derek Carr – who Pewter Report has been lobying for rather immaturely for a long time).

    Josh McCown did the impossible last year. He very well can become the next Kurt Warner here. Let’s give him the chance to do it in Tampa.

  8. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Sorry, I just don’t care to see Vick with the Bucs. He’ll want more money than he is worth and there are too many miles even for a back up. McCown’s past with Lovie will suit the brass at One Buc Palace much better.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    That is the guy I mentioned about a week or two ago. Saw him play on many of the televised games up here….played better than Cutler. Not a guy of the future, but a guy that might help get through a year or two until you make sure you get(have) your franchise guy.

  10. SAMCRO Says:

    Depends on how many QB’s the Bucs carry on the final roster. If they go 3 then McCown could be that guy but if they go 2, then they’ll keep Glennon and a drafted prospect. Unless of course all that depends on whether Glennon or that prospect is completely out performed in camp.

  11. phil Says:

    Sounds like someone’s wife wants a new pair of shoes

  12. That Guy Says:

    Off topic, but glad to see Talib playing for a “real” NFL team:

    Bart Hubbuch ‏@HubbuchNYP 18h
    In violation of the league’s media policy, Aqib Talib said he isn’t talking to the media. (cc: NFL office)

    Bart Hubbuch ‏@HubbuchNYP 18h
    Talib told me to “get out my face, motherf*****” and was about to leave the locker room before a Pats official forced him to stop and talk.

  13. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Joe says
    “The Bucs haven’t had one of those since Bryon Leftwich developed a mysterious injury in 2009.”

    Not true, Joe. Dan-O started 5 games for the Colts in 2011 and 7 games for the Lions in 2008.

    Not enough games for Joe to give him that kind of credit. Especially after the season was already lost in Indy. –Joe

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Investwax Says
    “Bring in someone that has the potential to add excitement while you develop the future. . . Michael Vick.”

    If they bring in Michael Vick I know one fan who will not be renewing my tickets. I will completely stop going to games.

    And it would be proof that this coaching hire was a bad move too. Aside from the fact that I spent close to a decade absolutely hating him as a division rival QB, he is completely washed up…heck he was never more than a passing RB and when he got too old to scramble, his numbers reflected it. And then, as always, his health is a concern.

    That would turn me against this staff in a heartbeat.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Investwax…Dungy needs to stay the hell away from the Bucs offense. Far away.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    Bonzai…I 2nd that.

  17. Architek Says:

    Has to be the right fit for the system we will use this coming up season.

    FYI we dont have a Jeffrey and Marshall to bail out some throws.

  18. bwf921 Says:

    I am liking this Jimmy Garrapolo kid more and more. Great outing in the East West shrine game. Kid has a good arm and ideal size. Plus I can’t stand Glennon.

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Architek…we might have a Watkins though. Ya never know..

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    I like Mike.

  21. JBuc Says:

    Draft me Bortles so even if we put a shitty team out on the field this year the camera man can at least pan over to his GFs ENORmous Jugs keep me enteratined

  22. ButIt941 Says:

    We have V-Jacks, Mike Williams, and possibly Sammy Watkins. Your point is mute!

    I still like the idea of Sammy Watkins in Round 1 and Jimmy Garappolo in round 2. Jimmy has a strong arm, poise, and best of all is VERY accurate. Combine that with a talent like Watkins and we have our future on offense. We would just need to spend the rest of the draft on O-Linemen

    On Defense i say throw the bank at Greg Hardy. Grab Sam Shields, and Donald Butler or possibly Henry Melton. Don’t go after old has beens like Peppers, Allen, or Tillman. You could spend that money on up and comers.

    Obviously some contracts need to be renegotiated and some cuts would have to be made. But we could easily turn this ship into a contender with a few pieces and a Ton of LUCK!

  23. Patrick Says:

    Every time we have a bad season, we win just enough games to keep us from getting the best player in the draft. If we can’t get Manziel, just go with either Glennon or McCown and focus on the other areas.

  24. Lev Says:

    Kurt Warner was 32 when he won the super bowl

  25. PRBucFan Says:

    This guy was no fluke this season.

    I agree with some that he could come in here and actually win games for us.

  26. andrew manley Says:

    Mcown family are very respected christians and do alot of charitable events…i doubt mrs.mccown is money hungry or that she is another mrs.tynes

  27. ChrisCo4Bucs Says:

    Put him in the mix and draft the kid from Eastern Illinois, Garaffolo

  28. Harry Says:

    Trade up and draft Teddy or Manziel

  29. Kevin Says:

    If McCown comes here, I don’t see why they wouldn’t let him compete for the starting gig. If we brought some weapons into tampa like they had in chicago as far as receivers….we are set at RB, he may prove to be the best option by the end of training camp/preseason. I’m not saying bring him here and name him the starter, I’m saying let him compete and if he get’s beat out he would be an EXCELLENT backup for Glennon and however they draft.

  30. BoJim Says:


    I like it!

  31. Tom Says:

    McCown is a product of Trestman’s genius.