McCown: I’m Thinking About Learning French

July 21st, 2014

josh mccown 0311If Josh McCown hears voices in his head when they shouldn’t be there, it’s understandable. The Tampa Bay starting quarterback has burned through NFL playbooks at an alarming rate.

Joe doubts the NFL stats geeks keep track of such things, but during an exclusive chat with Joe, McCown agreed that he’s on his 11th offensive coordinator, and that’s not counting his stint in 49ers camp in 2011 and a 2010 dance with the Harford colonials of the UFL.

McCown may very well be the NFL record holder in offensive coordinators for QBs.

Just imagine all the football McCown has studied. The man has a Ph.D. in offense. He even coached high school ball four years ago, yet another playbook to master.

It’s been a wild ride and McCown sees the pros and cons.

“I don’t know, man. I’m thinking about learning French or something,” McCown told Joe. “You know what I mean, it’s like, it’s a new language. It’s part of my journey, part of where I’ve been and my story. So it’s served me, in some respects, not as good, but in some respects well. The experience you get from getting to hear how different people do it. You see some things that you like, some things that you don’t like, and you get to figure out what is the best way to do things.”

Joe got some private insight from McCown on the Bucs offense, and it’s no surprise McCown was comfortable altering Jeff Tedford’s playbook to suit his strengths.

McCown isn’t blowing smoke when he says Tedford brings a fresh approach.

“It’s a big field. The game is constantly evolving. There are parts to it where the game football is just the game of football. It’s still about numbers and leverage and all those things offensively. But at the end of the day there are different ways to displace those things, and that’s what each coordinator can bring to the table, how he’s going to get that done,” McCown said.

Experience won’t change McCown’s situation, though. He must produce. So must Tedford.

McCown knows better than anyone that fans and coaches are impatient and demand results. Journeyman QBs don’t get a lot of rope, not matter how wise they are.

8 Responses to “McCown: I’m Thinking About Learning French”

  1. Harry Says:

    One of my big concerns has always been Tedford’s (and Arroyo’s) lack of NFL experience – Tedford and Arroyo sure can’t bounce things off of each other: “…hey, you know this play used to work great for San Jose State, wadda think?”. But you know, the two of them with McCown might be the perfect fit. With where McCown is at now in his career, with his 11 years of NFL experience, that fact he is comfortable in saying “no” to plays, and altering some, the 3 of them might make the perfect match.

  2. Bob Says:

    Unless Mccown totally melts down he will get the the year. It will serve Glennon better anyway to sit on the bench and learn. It makes one wonder how many dudes could have turned out to be starting caliber QBs in this league if they would have had the opportunity to sit and learn. It wasn’t that long ago when it was the norm

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Now if McCown can package all that experience and release a tsunami of offensive talent for the Bucs, all Buc fans near and far will be shouting your praises from the rooftops. Dont let me get carried away with the possibilities.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I have read that in College Tedford had a complicated offense, made even more complicated cause he was constantly putting new plays in.

  5. teacherman777 Says:

    Josh McCown has like a 38 in vert.

    A strong arm.

    Super psycho work ethic.

    Nerdy student and game planter. (like Gannon who I also support)

    After Josh Freeman, a QB who hâtes football,

    Its really great to have TWO hardworking, devoted QBs in Tampa Bay!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  6. teacherman777 Says:

    planner like Glennon *

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Carry away Buccfan37!!!
    For once in Buccaneer history, I’d like to talk offense as well as defense.
    Go Bucs!

  8. Atlanta Buc Says:

    Wonder if main reason Lovie brought in McCown was to help tutor Tedford and Arroyo, so they could adapt their style and college game plans to the NFL, not so much to tutor Glennon?