McCown Talks About Drafting A QB At No. 7

April 15th, 2014

johnny football 0120Of course, Joe had to ask Josh McCown today at Bucs headquarters whether he spent time with the former college quarterbacks that visited One Buc Palace in recent days.

McCown talked about his brushes with Johnny Football, Teddy Bridgewater and Jimmy Garappolo, and he went on to explain his approach if the Bucs drafted a quarterback on Day 1 of the NFL Draft in 23 short days.

Yes, McCown met the QBs, one of which he might be mentoring.

“Briefly. Just saw them in passing. Shook hands, said hello to them. All seem like nice kids. And they look so young, man. But it was cool to say hello to them, just briefly with Johnny, with Teddy, with (struggled for the name) Jimmy (Garoppolo). Yeah, Jimmy,” McCown said.

“Just hey, how’s it going? Wished them well. All those things. It’s just funny. You look at them and they come in and you think back (paused for comedic effect) a few years, and you remember how fast it can go. And sitting in their chair and everything that’s going through their mind. And this is, in my opinion, easily the longest year in your career is that first year because you’re going from [NFL Scouting] combine to the end of their rookie season is just a long year. You’re excited but it can be draining and very emotional, and now they’ve bumped the draft back, so there’s this waiting period for those busy. But just more than anything I wished those guys well.”

McCown also answered a follow up question about his reaction to the Bucs potentially drafting a QB in the first round. As expected, McCown responded like the ultimate team player he is.

“My focus won’t shift. My focus is for, like I said before, whether it’s me or Mike Glennon or Mike Kafka or somebody else, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks to play good football and to help their team win football games. So that wouldn’t change,” McCown said.

“If we pick a young guy at that [No. 7 overall spot], then let’s help him get ready, too. Because we’re picking him there because we think he can help us win games if you’re picking somebody that early. So absolutely, it’s about helping us win football games.”

Classy guy.

McCown also said he loves being a mentor, whether it’s in football or anywhere else in life. 

As Joe’s written previously, this is absolutely the year for the Bucs to draft the best QB they can, based on their scouting, of course. McCown would be such an asset to a young quarterback, and there’s no better time than at the start of a regime.

65 Responses to “McCown Talks About Drafting A QB At No. 7”

  1. MadMax Says:

    Whats with the faces and the loser sign Manziel keeps making?

  2. Ernest T. Bass Says:

    Another hot babe!! That’s definitely the Pistol sign!!

  3. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    I promise that this will be my last comment until draft day.

    I just can’t take this non-sense anymore.

    It sure would be funny to watch Manziel fall in the first round and to then watch Joe go around banning people because they will surely be serving his whole website crow.

    What nonsense? Would you rather Joe not share what McCown said about drafting a QB? –Joe

  4. Architek Says:

    In Lovie we trust!

  5. MadMax Says:

    Smoke screens and all Architek

  6. Eric Says:

    Sounds like a man totally expecting the bucs to draft a QB.

    Then again having McCown meet the QB’s probably is just part of a big smokescreen, like Patton’s invading army leading up to D-Day.

  7. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Funny how McCown mentioned Glennon’s name first. This is no accident. This is who McCown sees the most potential in. If he did not, he would have named MG8 last.

  8. Ernest T. Bass Says:

    They brought in the SMU qb as well!! Think they r interested in him too? Then Carr and Savage?

  9. Eric Says:

    Yes this is the deception to fool teams in front of us into taking a QB, even though they already need a QB.

    But if they didn’t take a QB we might take the one they could have drafted and didn’t want anyway, over the player they actually took.

    It makes perfect sense.

  10. lightningbuc Says:

    ” McCown would be such an asset to a young quarterback”

    For what – to show him how to hold a clipboard?

  11. Ernest T. Says:

    So you think the SMU QB is going top 5? Carr and Savage are going top 5? Garropollo going top 5? Why meet with all these scrubs?

  12. Captain Stagger Says:


    Don’t forget “the proper way to carry the starts pads to the field”

  13. Bucsfanamongstthebirds Says:

    the kid can pull….

  14. Sweets Willie Says:

    Mocks are showing qbs are dropping. Does not look like three qbs going in top 5. This is bad for the Bucs, less demand for #7.

  15. finishers Says:

    22 sort days till the draft????????

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t think Johnny Manziel is the target QB. I don’t think its Bridgewater either. I think it will be Bortles or if Clowney falls (looking like he will lately) they take Clowney and draft a QB in round two.

  17. PRBucFan Says:

    I wonder what Joe will do to drive traffic once his mancandy Manchild gets drafted elsewhere.

    I mean you literally have covered Manchild more than you have covered the Bucs all offseason. …Please don’t fabricate BS. It’s not appreciated. Also, Joe’s not the one who put the Bucs in a position of need at QB, one of only two teams in the NFC. Third, what makes you think Joe “drives” traffic with Johnny Football. The comments of most here would surely have you believing the opposite. Do you really think people come here to read Johnny Football stories? Most of the alleged Johnny stories aren’t even about Johnny. –Joe

    Will you change the website name and follow him to his next team?

  18. bucrightoff Says:

    The Bucs want all 3 QBs taken before they pick. They don’t care who takes them, be it a team already in the top 6 or a team from the 11-18 range. They just want all those QBs gone before they pick because that should ensure one of the guys they really want (like Robinson or Mack) will fall to them. If they’re drafting a QB at 7, they would not be telegraphinhg it like this, because then someone will jump in front of the and take that QB…which is what they hope happens, because they don’t want a QB. They want OLine, or Mack or Evans. 0% chance they draft a QB at 7.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Sweets Willie Says
    “Mocks are showing qbs are dropping.”

    Mocks mean nothing at all. Mayock is the best I’ve seen and he doesn’t release his mock until just before the draft. And even he only gets the first 7-10 guys right usually, and than its sporadic.

  20. PRBucFan Says:

    ^^^ Thats a stretch if I’ve ever heard it.

    The pick will be a QB or a WR IMO.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    You know, I really don’t get the hate for Joe talking about Manziel. As much as most of you talk about Watkins, I think its a double standard.

  22. PRBucFan Says:

    That was intended for B R O not you Bonzai

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    PRBucFan, referring to bucrightoff’s comment or mine?

  24. Bucfan77. Says:

    Anything to turn your readers against Glennon. One thing I give you, you are consistent.

    As Joe has written many times Glennon did a strong job last season given his draft slot and the circumstances. He should hold his head high. Joe simply doesn’t see him as winning starter material. Neither does the new regime.–Joe

  25. PRBucFan Says:

    Bullspit Bonzai

    Watkins my ass

    He doesn’t get anywhere near the dik sucking Manchild does.

    And you can bet I have never talked about wanting to draft Watkins.

    How bout you let Joe worry about Joe

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Got it 😉

    Really? You had to create a new user name to say that?

    If you think it will be WR or QB, I think it will be QB. Mainly because of the research I’ve done on Lovie.

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Easy. guy.

    Did I say you said it? Taking things a bit personal. I was actually addressing Buc Fan #237.

    And there IS a double standard. Watkins gets about the same mention as Johnny, but by the commenters here. Watkins or, lately, Evans.

  28. Eric Says:

    Ah we are doing all so a team behind us jumps in front of us to get a QB.

    If only the teams behind us, besides Minn. actually needed a QB.

    Then that might work.

  29. Macabee Says:

    Please, this is not a message board. –Joe

  30. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    “Smith sees the trend toward mobile, athletic quarterbacks who are accurate passers. The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson won a Super Bowl in his second year. The Redskins’ Robert Griffin III won the NFC East in his first.”

    Does Johnny fit that role? I’m still reading the article, but it seems Carr is more in that category. Some mobile and a lot of accuracy.

  31. lightningbuc Says:

    I guess the Patriots are drafting a QB in the first round also, since John visited there.

  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    This was interesting, Macabee:

    “Tedford sprays the football around with a short passing game, using play-action when driving passes downfield. He utilizes plenty of bootlegs and waggles in his offense, placing a premium on mobility and creating opportunities for quarterbacks to pick up first downs with their feet. Manziel checks a lot of those boxes, but so do Carr and Garoppolo, who could be available later in the first round if the Bucs trade down.”

    Hmmn. While I was right about Carr, it does seem to lean in the direction of Manziel. Great post, guy!

  33. bucrightoff Says:

    PRBucFan Says:
    April 15th, 2014 at 3:22 pm
    ^^^ Thats a stretch if I’ve ever heard it.

    The pick will be a QB or a WR IMO.

    This is the draft people. It’s a bunch of lies and deceit to get what you want. It’s a stretch the Bucs draft a QB when every report of late says they are going to. So they are tipping their hand, either a) because they’re lying or b) because they are actually taking a QB. And if they are actually taking one, now teams can jump to #6 and take him ahead of the Bucs. But what if thats exactly what the Bucs want?

    Remember when the Browns became convinced someone was coming up to #3 to take Trent Richardson? So they traded a 4th round pick to move up 1 spot? Well yeah, they got played. Welcome to the draft. Hopefully the Bucs can play a few teams into getting what they want. But they don’t want a QB at 7. In a dream world they’ll have Matthews, Mack and Robinson to choose from. This is what they want. But they don’t want a QB. People who expect one to be taken at 7 are in for some disappointment.

  34. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Consider what we’ve seen from Jason Licht. Has he done well in not tipping his hand? Nope. He has blown trade value nonstop since hired.

    DE, OL or QB, and I’m leaning toward QB.

  35. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    And really, OL is a stretch as well. The need is for OG, and the OL guys available are tackles.

  36. zam Says:

    McCown seems like a nice guy, but I find his quotations all pretty humdrum. Just once I’d like to hear him say something mean!

  37. PRBucFan Says:

    Fabricate BS? lol

    Your really something else.


  38. PRBucFan Says:

    And alluding to him both directly and indirectly doesn’t somehow discount that its about him lol

  39. bucrightoff Says:

    PRBucFan Says:
    April 15th, 2014 at 3:59 pm
    Fabricate BS? lol

    Your really something else.


    Apparently this is your first draft process. Hopefully you enjoy the ride. Like somehow now Teddy Bridgewater is by far the worst QB in the draft, as every report seems to indicate? I’m sure nobody is lying in hopes he drops to them right?

    Its the draft. Its lies, its smokescreens, it deceit, its non-stop misinformation. If this isn’t your first draft and you aren’t aware of that, welcome to the NFL draft.

  40. Architek Says:

    I think that you should seriously consider the feedback – as it’s valid and warranted concerning JF. We come here for the in influenced Bucs news but man this has really become extreme towards the JF support.

    Everything has a life cycle – be careful, I know you guys are smart but capitalism still exists 😉

    OBAMACare didn’t ruin the competitive American way.

    What I am saying is the damage done for a single draftee isn’t worth the damage to your customer base. I’m saying this because I have been a loyal JBF fan but seriously I am feeling a certain way about things around here with the JF and Bucs negativity stuff.

    I’m excited about the Bucs and the Revis stuff, Williams, OLine crap is all weak because we have been a losing franchise for YEARS. How can you defend or question the moves when we have been bad?

    But yet the constant badgering and questioning perfect logic and execution of a plan is really old. Couple that with JF praise it wears people down.

    I’m not judging but again be careful.

    Please don’t waste Joe’s time with such nonsense. Read what you want to read. Like what you want to like. Leave when you want to leave. Come back when you want to come back. Joe writes about what interests Joe. There will be 13 posts/articles here today. How many are really about Johnny Football if you actually read them? Not many. Regardless, Joe’s not going to change. And don’t blame Joe for the Bucs’ hole at QB and Joe wanting to fill it with the most talented QB on the board, a guy named Manziel. –Joe

  41. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    While I agree smoke and mirrors is usually the way things go, there ar two things contradicting that theory here.

    First, Jason Licht doesn’t know how to do smoke and mirrors to save his life. Second, the smoke and mirrors you speak of could be the number of different QBs they are bringing in so no one guesses which one they really want.

  42. Luther Says:

    Great article Joe. Keep ’em coming. I’m starved for football so I can read just about any article no matter which JF (Josh Freeman/Johnny Football) it is. Those that complain should go to another site (good luck with that).

  43. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Not everyone thinks as you do, buddy. Should not the views of others be represented as well as yours?

  44. OAR Says:

    Seriously, it’s a interview with McCown, yet you include a picture of Johnny “Beer Bong” Manziel? And, it’s another barstool a$$clown picture at that!!

  45. OAR Says:

    There is a pattern here….any interview or article just mentioning Johnny (shoot lately even just mentioning the draft)and we get a picture of some beer bong a$$clown Bobby Broucher wanna be.

  46. Barry Says:

    Even though I like messing with Joe, he (Joe) has the best Bucs site going. Even though he banned me from FB, it’s all fun. My two sons are in the JM boat with Joe. I really like Manziel but I just see Mike Glennon as a legitimate starting QB and like his professionalism. Draft best players available, we got our future QB in Glennon. IMO.

  47. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    “And don’t blame Joe for the Bucs’ hole at QB and Joe wanting to fill it with the most talented QB on the board, a guy named Manziel. –Joe”

    I’ll give you that, you are willing to pigeonhole yourself into one remote possibility, in an ocean of them. If he busts hard (and he surely might), I know you’ll have no problem when people bust your balls over it. You can dry your tears with $100 bills, right?

    Joe’s written numerous times that he’d be pleased to see the Bucs draft Bridgewater, as well. As for the $100 bills. No. Joe is not a rich man by any common financial definition. –Joe

  48. Architek Says:

    I am only saying that information is information and I have been a loyal to the site for years and never have I seen such bias – simple as that. But to seem invincible is very cocky and not smart. To tell people hit the door and all of that is very shrude but to each his own.

    Just my opinion.

    “Invincible.” What are you talking about? This isn’t a Superman cartoon. If people don’t like reading Joe’s work any longer, then so be it. Joe would find something else to do with a smile on his face. Don’t take things so seriously. It’s a football website.–Joe

  49. PRBucFan Says:

    BucRightOff what on earth are you talking about?

    My post wasn’t even to you or about the draft lol

  50. GlenninGrad Says:


  51. PRBucFan Says:

    [comment deleted by Joe]

    When readers misrepresent Joe and his work, then what they’ve typed qualifies as “nonsense.” You may not like the term, but Joe has zero tolerance for such things. Joe doesn’t come to your house and misrepresent your work. –Joe

  52. WalkdaPlank Says:

    No, the article isn’t a Johnny article. But the constant referencing, direct and indirect, as well as the overused “pulling” or partying pictures of your beloved Mancrush practically makes it one. Didn’t you go as far to photoshop a pic of him in a Bucs uni?

  53. teacherman777 Says:

    There is a zero percent chance we draft a QB.


    You got it.

    We want people to draft Manziel, Bridgewater, Carr, and Bortles before us.

    That leaves Clowney, Barr, Mack, Robinson, Watkins, Evans, Matthews, and others we need on the board.

    I pray that 4 of the first 6 teams draft QB’s!!

  54. PRBucFan Says:


    No never! We the readers are incorrect

  55. William Says:

    Joe you do a good job. Keep it up.

  56. Bucfan#37 Says:

    I hope Glennon beats out the other QB’s and is the starter come September. If not and he is traded, he might go to New England, just a hunch. Oh that’s right, Schiano is no longer here.

  57. Architek Says:

    I’m not taking it serious and I have applauded you guys work – I’m good just a voice of reason for people that loves coming here and tired of JF.

    I’m good I respect the work here – well except the mike will stuff lol

  58. Sweets Willie Says:

    And don’t forget the team has had ONE Receiver visit!! What are the chances they are only interested in Bryant? Not Watkins, Evans, Cooks or Lee. Bryant?

  59. iamabuc Says:

    In Joe’s defence, people , stop messing with Joe about talking Mansiel all the time. It won’t really matter to the BUcs organization wether JOe likes him or not. If the Bucs feel they need a qb, they’ll get it , regardless of Joe’s likes. Stop the stupidity. Let Joe talk about whatever he fells like ; as long as is football we should all be alright with it. After all, thats why we come here to this site, to read about Bucs football. Like Joe said, if you don’t like it you can always go to the other “rinky-dinky” sites in the web. Joe, keep up the good work, and forget about the know-it-all idiots that come to this site, only to bash you. Some of us like what you write about, no matter what it is.

  60. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ll say this I doubt very much L&L takes a QB in this draft, but if they do it won’t be with that 7th pick.

    Joe can carry on all he wants about Manziel and any other QB in this draft. I don’t see them taking not a one of them. EVEN is Johnny Whatever is there at 7.

    If Johnny is there at 7 and the Bucs pass on him, be prepared for a plethora of articles about it from Joe. Because hey why would it stop?

  61. Buc1987 Says:

    iamabuc says:

    “know-it-all idiots that come to this site, only to bash you. Some of us like what you write about, no matter what it is.”

    ..and some of us think you’re just a know it all it idiot yourself. 🙂

  62. PRBucFan Says:

    Joe doesn’t need anymore jocksniffers IamaBuc 😉

  63. MadMax Says:

    Well, I had some time to watch Grudens QB camp with Manziel and have to admit I was impressed with him. Like Ive been stating, if we do draft him, of course I’ll root for him but he’ll need to be protected and learn to stay in the pocket.

    Thats why I’d rather go O line first. If we really want a QB with “some” scramble ability, Connor Shaw could probably be had in the 3rd….a kid Ive watched very closely as a Gamecock fan. O line and WR are our biggest needs imo. But if Mack is still there at 7, I just cant see Lovie passing on him, but Mack will be gone by then.

  64. Joe Says:

    Thanks iamabuc!

    Joe knows he is well-read at One Buc Palace. Joe also knows if Mark Dominik or Jason Licht looked to Joe for inspiration, we are all (including Dominik and Licht) in a world of trouble.

  65. Mr Magoo Says:

    God I’ve never seen such a bunch of whining cry babies who complain so much about a website that they obviously read every day. Joe, I like reading every article you post. I dont however read ever comment posted because a large number of the posters are boring and tedious with their constant attacks on you and arguing among themselves like teenage girls. I appreciate having new Bucs stuff to read every day especially in the off season when most outlets dry up or switch to another sport. NFL football is my only sport and the Bucs are my only team. It would be nice to read some intelligent discussion among the fans regarding your days pick of subject matter but that doesnt look like it will ever happen. Please keep up the good work and thanks.