McCown Says Doug Martin Is Embracing Rhythm

May 13th, 2014
McCown talked to Joe today about building chemistry with receivers

McCown talked to Joe today about building chemistry in the passing game

The Bucs just drafted a running back with incredible hands in the third round of the NFL Draft, Charles Sims out of West Virginia.

And moments ago Josh McCown just raved about how Doug Martin is “really embracing” the fine points of catching passes out of the backfield. Hmmm.

Not that Joe thinks Martin wasn’t committed to his craft before the draft, but the timing of this sure felt like a fire has been lit under Martin.

Joe asked McCown about what he’ll do to accelerate the chemistry with him and four guys just drafted to catch passes this season. McCown said it’s all about time and devotion to the details, and then he brought up the Muscle Hamster.

“Doug Martin and I were just talking about that, man. He is really embracing the understanding of rhythm of the passing game and the checkdowns and how vital that is to a quarterback. And so that’s the key,” McCown said. “The young guys, we’ve added them, and obviously we hope they help us and all those things. But we’re a new offense in general. So it’s not like we have to get those ready; we have to get us all ready. Because there’s a lot of time that we need to spend together and understanding that we got to grow to be where we want to be and reach some of the goals that we have.”

McCown went on to remind reporters that the Bears were able make a fast jump in offense last season (up to the No. 2-ranked offense in the NFL.) The only magic answer is “time, time, time,” McCown said.

“It was time spent. That’s what it was [in Chicago,] McCown said. “You have to study. You have to be together. You have to work together. And if you’re willing to do that, I think that’s the best way to accelerate that curve.”

Look for the McCown-led covert practice sessions to continue.

22 Responses to “McCown Says Doug Martin Is Embracing Rhythm”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    Good stuff, get to work kids. I’ve suffered LONG enough. Don’t get me wrong I’m a Bucs fan. I’m used to suffering, been there done that, for many seasons. Past and present, but presently it’s getting old, and I’m suffering badly.

    Get to work!

  2. Nick H Says:

    Yet another sign of the inadequacies of the Schiano regime? They didn’t think it was important to teach QB mechanics or to teach RB’s the proper way to catch a pass?

  3. Nick H Says:

    No f***in wonder we were 4-12

  4. You Go Joe Says:

    Joe comparing McCown to Free (if you recall at all) was Free ever this type of leader? I know McCown has a long time in the NFL and he really understand what his role is in the new system also understand that everyone else needs to be on the same page. Sounds like McCown is being a good leader to me, and I just don’t remember Freeman doing such. I can also ask if Glennon flash a little bit of leadership skills, but he’s also young and learning.

  5. Geno714 Says:

    Actually, there were quite a few articles just like this about Josh Freeman, especially during the lockout. Everyone was saying how great of a leader he was for getting everyone together.

  6. DallasBuc Says:

    Agreed Geno. I also remember quite a few reports of Freeman displaying good leadership skills during all offseasons before 2013.

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    DallasBuc…is that fact or as far as you’re concerned?

    Just kidding I remember that too.

  8. RastaMon Says:

    What..?????? ..two upbeat posiitive articles about the Bucs…am I in the
    “after life” ?….oh…Rachel….ohhhhhhhh

  9. biff barker Says:

    Nick H.,

    Schiano spent a lot of time on fundamentals. Especially tackling. The QB fundamentals B.S. came because Freeman had the same bad mechanics when we drafted him.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Nick H Says:
    May 13th, 2014 at 2:06 pm
    “Yet another sign of the inadequacies of the Schiano regime? They didn’t think it was important to teach QB mechanics or to teach RB’s the proper way to catch a pass?”

    You shouldn’t talk about things you obviously do not know. Schiano place strong emphasis mechanics. You may recall that penalties and fumbles were a huge issue when he got the job.

    Barring Goldson, the penalties were reduced. Goldson flat out refused to change. His contract makes cutting him a bad move this year, so he’ll get another season to addapt. Lovie won’t put up with his ways for long.

  11. seminolebuccaneer Says:

    Didnt schiano get blasted for spending to much time on mechanics?

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    You Go Joe Says
    “Joe comparing McCown to Free (if you recall at all) was Free ever this type of leader?”

    You must not have been a fan long, or you have been a fringe fan. Freeman held seperate camps multiple times every off season. He was heralded for being a leader. Something changed during his last year. Until then he had displayed many of the same traits.

    All you have to do is search these archives to see how much of a leaader Freeman was before his last year.

  13. Dick2111 Says:

    Folks keep talking about Schiano, comparing him to Lovie in various ways, but … it all goes much deeper than that I think.

    A fairer comparison would be Schiano’s staff vs Lovie’s staff. Actually, not a very fair comparison at all … it’s like comparing a college football team’s staff to a NFL team’s staff.

    Schiano’s staff was in way over its head. Part of that was his fault for bringing his Rutgers coaches with him, and part was the Glazer’s fault for hiring him so late after all the good assistant coaches had been snarfed up.

    Lovie’s staff on the other hand: outstanding pro-level teachers at each and every position it looks like. Love it! I for one have no doubts that that difference will show big time during the season.

    Of course, it does help that our roster has also been upgraded big time, again in my opinion. But even there, Lovie and Jason and the coaching/scouting staffs are the ones who made it happen thus far. New sheriff in town. Love it!

  14. Nick H Says:

    “Under the New Schiano Order, both Greg Schiano and former QB coach John McNulty were firm in their belief that quarterback mechanics didn’t need to be taught and stressed at the NFL level.”

    So much for talking about something “I obviously don’t know.”

  15. Theodore Says:

    McCown talking like a leader.

  16. Nick H Says:

    I like the way McCown goes about his off field business. I hope it translates to game day like it did at the end of last season.

  17. Kevin Says:

    McCown and Glennon, both under-rated QB’s that will prove it’s not just the player it’s the system. They will both post good numbers and get wins. Go Bucs!!!

  18. Nick H Says:

    And with coaches that can help improve his mechanics, something missing from last year, who knows what they’ll be capable of. Can’t wait.

  19. Oahubuc Says:

    Sure, sure. “Lovie works fundamentals, well so did Schiano. McCown shows leadership qualities, well so did Freeman.”

    Hooters has waitresses, well so does Denny’s.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    “Schiano’s staff was in way over its head. Part of that was his fault for bringing his Rutgers coaches with him”

    WTF? I know it’s late, but can anyone tell me what this guy is talking about? What Rutgers coaches were coaching the Bucs last season? McNulty?2006 – 2008 offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University.

    Is that it or was there more Rutgers coaches on the team? Really some people just make shyte up I guess…

  21. Nick H Says:

    Yeah people do love talking out of their ass, especially when trying to talk down to others lol

  22. BUCNGATOR Says:

    All I want for Christmas is a franchise Qb. I think Glennon can be that guy!!! We now have the coaches in place to get us going. Coach Lovie Smith knows how to run a Strong Defense. Coach Jeff Tedford has proven he can teach Qbs. I think we are in for a great year Buc’s Fans. I know I’ve been waiting a long time for something to happen. I pray this is the start of something great!!! who with me?? I think Schiano was still a rookie coach at the pro level. How many coaches screw up with the first team they coach in the NFL. Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, etc. I think he will be a great NFL coach eventually.