Trestman Happy For McCown

March 24th, 2014
Bears coach Marc Trestman is happy that Bucs quarterback Josh McCown has the opportunity to be a regular starter.

Bears coach Marc Trestman is happy Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown got a promotion

Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown will have a lot of eyes on him when training camp begins. A journeyman QB who will be 35 in July, McCown’s only real success in the NFL came last year in relief of bratty Jay Cutler.

Whether McCown can bring that success to Tampa Bay is another matter. Lovie Smith is gambling a lot on it.

Another guy smiling on McCown happens to be Bears coach Marc Trestman, as he told Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. He’s glad McCown is not returning to Chicago.

“The thing about it is that I’m excited for Josh,” Trestman said at the NFL owners meetings Sunday.

Trestman wanted McCown to return, but as a coach who waited decades for his chance to be in charge of an NFL team, he appreciates the starting opportunity McCown was given by Smith.

“It’s not tough at all [to lose McCown],” Trestman said. “We expressed our desire to want him back, but we’re totally excited about [his situation]. This is an example of how it should be. A guy gets an opportunity, he has success, other people see that he can help them and he’s able to benefit [professionally and economically]. I don’t know that it could happen any better or if there’s a better example of what it’s supposed to be about.”

What Joe found interesting was that two days before he signed with the Bucs, McCown was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and was asked point blank why he feels last year was not a fluke with the Bears. McCown said Trestman, a noted quarterback guru, opened his eyes to new things — skills he can carry to any team he goes to.

We shall see if Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford can rekindle that same magic Trestman tapped.

14 Responses to “Trestman Happy For McCown”

  1. Buccfan305 Says:

    Got my fingers crossed…journeymen QB’s don’t often pan out..but only time will tell.still hope we draft the QB of the future

  2. RustyRhino Says:

    Our Super Bowl had 2 starting journeyman QB’s in Johnson & Gannon. Both of them did a good jobs for their teams.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    McCown doesn’t have to be spectacular….just good. Our defense needs to be outstanding and dominant. That should be a prescription for winning on a Lovie Smith team.

  4. Macabee Says:

    Marc Trestman sounds like a good coach. Because of our interest in several Chicago players, I’ve followed some of what has been happening at the Bears. In many ways, like the Bucs, he is remaking the Bears by releasing or not re-signing a number of well known players. He has a reputation for developing QBs. Lets hope that his work with McCown continues to benefit him at the Bucs!

  5. Jerry Says:

    It doesnt matter who we have at QB if there is no one for him to throw to and no one to block for him.

  6. lightningbuc Says:


    Gannon and Johnson were starting journeyman QBs. McCown is a journeyman backup.

  7. Kevin Says:

    He did great not turning the ball over and getting first downs, but he also had two of the best receivers in the league. We are hurting bad at that position.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    Steve DeBerg was a journeyman. The jury is still out on whether or not it was McCown or Trestman that made McCown appear better than he really is.
    Let’s hope he did learn something and learned a lot.

  9. Warren Says:

    Not sure why people refer to Brad Johnson semi-disparagingly sometimes. The way I remember it, I was really excited when we signed Johnson because I had memories of being burned many a time from his Viking days. Maybe he wasn’t flashy or top 5 but he was a damn good QB. Jury is still out for me on McCown…will root hard for the guy though (and Glennon).

  10. williethewonder Says:

    I believe the Bucs will try to get their franchise QB in the 1st round and try to develop him behind McCown for at least the first year. Don’t be surprised if Glennon is traded on draft day when they get their QB of the future. The Bucs obviously don’t believe he is a franchise QB, or that he will be. He doesn’t have the functional mobility for Tedford’s offense and it’s something Tedford will require. That will give the Bucs probably a 4th round pick, maybe a 3rd if they’re very lucky. This draft is stocked with high level pass catchers into the 3rd round and I believe the Bucs will take receivers in rounds 2 & 3. For those who think Lovie will be dying to take defensive players – not if they were telling the truth about doing it like Seattle has. Seattle’s great defense is full of really good players who were found in the middle rounds of the draft, while they used early picks on offense. That is Lovie’s challenge – to do what Pete Carroll did: find quality defensive guys in the middle rounds.

  11. tom in st augustine Says:

    if he can occasionally (and consistently) buy more time by popping out of the pocket (bc we know plays break down from time to time) we will be fine. i see a slow start from JM (the first two or three games may look questionable), but after that i believe things will start connecting. just a hunch of mine. that’s all.

  12. Brandon Says:

    lightningbuc Says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Gannon and Johnson were starting journeyman QBs. McCown is a journeyman backup.

    Check the statlines comparing McCown and Gannon before he turned 34… eerily similar. Gannon 2.0.

  13. BoJim Says:

    lightningbuc Said:

    “Gannon and Johnson were starting journeyman QBs. McCown is a journeyman backup.”

    Not anymore. Whoever the QB is, they’re still my Bucs.

  14. owlykat Says:

    Thank you Coach Trestman for Coaching Josh ‘McCown to a starting QB. With a backup, Glennon, we were going to have another wasted season if he was given starting status again.