McCown Has Idea Of New Team

March 11th, 2014

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There have been a lot of whispers that Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown, who blew up in a handful of games subbing for oft-injured bratty Jay Cutler in Chicago, may just be headed to Tampa Bay to join the quarterback circus that is expected this summer.

Today, McCown appeared on “The Opening Drive,” co-hosted by Ross Tucker and Bob Papa, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. And while McCown didn’t say he thought he was coming to Tampa Bay, he didn’t quash the notion either, saying he “tentatively” believes he will land with one of two teams, though nothing is “concrete.”

He wouldn’t say who those two teams are in respect to non-yet finished negotiations. McCown, 34, also touched on two issues that some hold against him, his age and the possibility his success was a byproduct of being a pupil of a quarterback coach/savant last season in Bears coach Marc Trestman.

“The age issue, yeah, at this age, athletes’ skills begin to deteriorate,” McCown said. “I say, ‘Look at [my] tape.'”

McCown did not dismiss the influence he had from Trestman saying, “So much [of his success] came from coaching that opened me up to it. I had never fully grasped.”

McCown said it was the little things he learned under Trestman that he will be able to bring with him wherever he lands.

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25 Responses to “McCown Has Idea Of New Team”

  1. Architek Says:

    Now this pisses me off more than Revis – he’s a career backup – REALLY! I know this is a weak FA qb class but this is absurd.

  2. Jordan Says:

    Please no.

  3. Shawnbucfan Says:

    He had one good year. Kinda a gamble I think.

  4. Jordan Says:

    He had one good 1/3 of a year. Huge Gamble.

  5. flmike Says:

    Actually, he had 3 good games out of 8 he played in last season….

  6. NJBucsFan Says:

    Don’t want this….

    No Marshall, No Jeffery, No Forte, No Bennett.

    I know our offense is not all stiffs, but just look at the supporting cast he had. It’s a splash in the pan. He had his chances and fell flat when it came to leading….

    Please NO!

  7. Mitch Says:

    Mike glennon will beat McCown out for the starting gig

  8. Andrew 1 Says:

    People call him a career backup, and while that may have been true in the past, I think he has become good enough to be a starting QB. Sometimes it takes a while for a QB to fully grasp the position, like Alex Smith for example. By McCown’s own admission, he had “never fully grasped” the position, but with a good QB coach and some maturity at the position, I think he has progressed into a capable, and effective starting QB. If Tedford is the QB guru that we are lead to believe, I think he can get McCown to continue to play at a high level for the next couple of season, until we find a permanent replacement. I would really like to see us sign him.

  9. $acbuc$ Says:

    Didn’t Gruden have him on the Bucs before..This dude is a major upgrade over Dan O. LOL

  10. Bucs4Life Says:

    The Revis debacle…A total embarrassment. I’m genuinely ashamed of being a Bucs fan. I have never really felt shame as a fan until today. I’m already cringing at the thought of telling some dope Jets fan that I root for the Bucs. Revis is probably going to end up back on the Jets roster playing for Rex, while the Bucs lost out on Sheldon Richardon and a 4th round pick this year. It’s really pathetic.

  11. Kingpin Says:

    McCown would be a great backup for Glennon! I think it would be a good move.

  12. NJBucsFan Says:

    @ $acbuc$

    That was his younger brother Luke.

  13. Teddy Says:

    This guy would buy the team a couple of years until they can find a permanent franchise guy. I think it’d be a decent move, especially considering that there really aren’t any franchise guys available this year, unless you believe one of the top 3 draftable QBs will fall, which I don’t.

  14. Brandon Says:

    Good size, good arm, good mobility, tons of experience. He’s not exactly the Jeff Garcia/Rich Gannon story2.0 but he can be very serviceable for a few years.


    You should have been ashamed when Schiano and Dominik consummated one of the worst ever trades in the history of the NFL. Trading off the #1 pick that was used on the eventual NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and a #3 and then paying the guy well above fair market value that his own team had no interest in doing.

    Worst trade ever. I’m glad Licht and Smith are finally righting the ship that has gone woefully off course in the last dozen years.

  15. Bucsfanman Says:

    Walk back from the ledge Bucs4Life! It’s never been easy being a Bucs fan! I know, I’m a lifer.
    Let’s just hope that this master plan of Lovie’s pays off. They say sometimes that you have to take a step back to move forward. We’ll see.
    McCown’s a servicable back-up and if the Bucs sign him it bolsters the position regardless if he starts or not.

  16. Brandon Says:

    NJBucsFan-Look at the crappy franchises McCown got a chance with. Not only were they completely void of offensive talent, but his coaching staffs were crap as well. The guy has excellent physical tools, it seems highly possible that he has finally grasped the mental/accuracy side of the job. I don’t recall Raiders fans being happy that Gruden jettisoned Jeff George and brought in a bum that played for the Patriots, Vikings, Chiefs, (and I think Redskins) and turned him into an all-pro. Rich Gannon figured things out late as well.

    I just did about 10 seconds of research on Gannon (and he did play for the Redskins, but never the Pats, he was drafted by them… as a DB) and when he came to Gruden and the Raiders, Gannon was…drumroll please… 34 years of age, just like McCown!

  17. Brandon Says:

    Wow, just looked at Gannon’s stats and when compared to McCown, they are really similar in their career paths up to this point. There were several years where Gannon didn’t throw a single pass, even one year (like McCown) where he didn’t play in a single game)… he was a middling QB with good tools playing for below average teams (at best). Perhaps good coaching was all that he has ever lacked.

  18. Brandon Says:

    Shawnbucfan Says:
    March 11th, 2014 at 11:16 am
    He had one good year. Kinda a gamble I think.

    At least he had that, Rich Gannon never had a year like McCown until he signed with the Raiders at age 34.

  19. NJBucsFan Says:

    Brandon – hate to say it, but I do not see much difference between the crappy teams McCown played for in the past and this Bucs team. New coach, new OC, new GM…transition period. Now is the time to get a young QB that can grow in the system. By the time Josh grows in this system he’ll be 36-37.

    Gannon was a great story, but look where the Raiders have been since with the QB situation. Yeah it is the Raiders, but still a potential future I do not want a part of.

  20. $acbuc$ Says:

    Thanks NJ

  21. Bucsfanman Says:

    You’re very high on McCown Brandon. I don’t know that I would levy that amount of expectation on the guy. BUT, if he were to turn into Rich Gannon all of a sudden, I’m sure there would be little to complain about.

  22. rayjay1122 Says:

    I am trying so hard not to be negative but damn, so far I am incredibly disappointed in the rumors of the players we are going after. Mcluster is the only one so far I like.

  23. Harry Says:

    Great…. A backup to our backup level QB. Why waste the money?

    I am soooooo excited. Dumping All Pro, All World, potential future HOFer Revis, and getting 3.5 sacks Michael Johnson, another teams discarded QB, and maybe a 33yo CB in Tillman who is starting to fall apart. Where does the line form for buying season tickets?!?

  24. Orca Says:

    ^Might be time to jump off a bridge.

  25. pick6 Says:

    he’s the best available competition, but he’s in that category of QBs at this point where if you’re the team signing him, you’re declaring that you plan to have a franchise QB identified in the next 2 seasons.