McCown’s Bumbling Irked Lovie

September 7th, 2014


Joe has to give Lovie Smith credit. The Bucs head coach made no excuses for the terrible performance of his team, specifically the offense, for the first three quarters of today’s debacle loss to the Stinking Panthers.

In particular, Lovie was none too pleased at the careless if not irresponsible way Bucs quarterback Josh McCown handled the ball. He looked more like a skittish high school sophomore than a 35-year old veteran of the NFL battles.

“We’d like to have a couple of those balls back, especially the one where he fumbled it,” Lovie said. “Sometimes, you just have to take a negative play and not, you know, make a bad decision and give the ball up.

“Those plays hurt us. So [McCown], along with the rest of the team, didn’t do what we needed to do early.”

The only quarterback Joe can think of that regularly succeeded into turning nothing into something was Brett Favre. But he, too, got burned a lot by pulling stunts while forcing plays.

Joe has it on good authority that Farve suffered from acid reflux today watching McCown.

Joe just could not believe what he saw McCown doing. Joe has seen his share of high school football and you would be hard-pressed to watch a team’s quarterback try to pull off the shenanigans in one full season that McCown attempted in three quarters today.

Lovie is big on takeaways and turnover margin. If McCown keeps this up, the Bucs are going to have to climb out of a lot of holes this season and Joe dares suggests Lovie’s desired takeaway margin is going to be far, far, far from his goal.

It saddens Joe that an 11-year veteran quarterback of the NFL has to be told “live to fight another down.” That’s generally reserved for junior high school quarterbacks.

56 Responses to “McCown’s Bumbling Irked Lovie”

  1. Kalind Says:

    Say hi to jameis Winston if you get the chance Joe. Maybe account some real estate for him?

  2. RealityCheck Says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a QB pull the ole empty hand throw/fumble, recover, and then throw an interception all in the same play.

  3. Louis Friend Says:

    It’s disgusting that a guy who is supposed to be level headed and cool under pressure – a leader – flakes out and falls apart the moment something goes wrong. He is not a field general. He’s a field mouse

  4. RastaMon Says:

    Blame game begins….disfunction junction …throwing each other under the bus…how about looking into a mirror….L&L….There will be No Honeymoon !!!…

  5. Louis Friend Says:

    McCown isn’t a game manager folks. Don’t be fooled by the Bucs rhetoric. What we saw today is what he does the moment things get a little nervous. I’m not part of the MGM. But I’d rather have Captain Checkdown than a guy who single-handedly took the QB position back 20 years today.

  6. Louis Friend Says:

    And yes, if Glennon were playing today they would’ve won. That sounds lame, but seeing all the point McCown handed the Panthers I think it’s actually quite likely. And I don’t care much for Glennon either.

  7. NJBucsFan Says:

    6th best QB of the NFC South

  8. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    I am just glad that this QB thing clicked for old man mcCown last year, or things might have gotten really ugly today!!!

  9. John Sapp Says:

    I cut and pasted this from another website that tracks nfl free agency –

    Josh McCown (Signed two-year, $10M deal with TB)

    Derek Anderson (Re-signed two-year, $2.564M deal with CAR)

    What was that quote Licht had about getting value on his signings????

  10. DB55 Says:

    Need I say more?
    Benjamin vs Jenkins?
    McCown is hot basura.
    McCoy uhm clutch sack but not much else all game.
    If not for my nword David there would be little positives. I like that the blonde kid managed to step in for mankins. Hope logan recovers quickly maybe hopefully he’ll tape an aspirin to it and come back to play. Maybe Richie isn’t a bad idea after all. The way we played I could have sworn we were the kitty cats. I mean 9 yrds for Martin, come on man! You aught to be ashamed of yourselves.
    Evans shows signs of being a special player, now stop making him run 5yr hitch routes dumbasses. Send him long n through the post oh wait he was open down the post but the 12 yr vet didn’t see him. Jackson’s like fml not this again.
    I’m rambling. Banks David Verner Soloman Evans and Meyers (believe it or not) bright spots. Build on them and let the ball fly Evans long all day.

  11. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    They played just about how I thought they would.

  12. John Sapp Says:

    In combination with my previous comment it was from right here at

    There is disagreement at the world headquarters. Some believe Licht’s stated desire to sign “value” free agents is code for inexpensive/non-big-name players; others believe “value” is merely a buzzword that means absolutely nothing and, at most, is an early negotiating tactic directed at agents who might think a new Bucs regime will overpay.

    The reality is nobody knows what’s in Licht’s head when he speaks of “value.”

    It appears to mean the opposite in Bizarro-Licht-lovie world. Up is down, in is out. Pay 10 million for a 35 year old career back up rather than pay 2.565 million for a 31 year old career back up. No wait, Anderson did start in Az and Clvd.

  13. Matt B Says:

    NJBucsFan – LOL! That’s classic.

    By the way, our QB doubled his interception total from last season in less than one game.

  14. DB55 Says:

    I think McCown really thought he could just throw the ball up and our 67 rcvs would hat catch it. You gotta throw it for your feet about 2.3 seconds after the snap. I know I don’t know football but that’s what the good QBs do so I say try that. #ballsecurity

  15. Oahubuc Says:

    I don’t really want to hear his mouth right now. I could go back to a Raheem or Schiano PC and hear the same garbage in the same circumstances. At least Raheem would be funny.

  16. DB55 Says:

    I’m obviously not a speed texter.

  17. tct316 Says:

    Hey Joe I guess McKown is the fifth best quarterback in the division behind ryan, brees, newton, and now anderson.

  18. DB55 Says:

    Scariest part of the press conf is that lovie actually believes we did something at the end of the game. The preseason spoke volumes this should come as no surprise.

  19. Matt B Says:

    DB55 – did you really say that we didn’t get much from McCoy other than a clutch sack? What? He had 8 solo tackles. He’s a DT and had 8 solo tackles including the sack. Oh, and if you watched the trenches, you would’ve seen that he was double-teamed on most passing downs. In the game I watched, he showed up big time.

  20. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    McCoy was the ONLY player that played well on defense. Some played okay, but McCoy did everything he could. Our ends did absolutely nothing, and they had nothing but 1 on 1’s all game long. The RB’s weren’t even looking at them in pass protection. At least make the QB uncomfortable in the pocket!

  21. clafollett Says:

    You are what your record says you are. Anyone that knows anything about statistics would know McCown’s 2013 season was a fluke. He was fully exposed today. Maybe it was nerves but more than likely this is the real Josh. If so, bring on The Cannon.

  22. Mike10 Says:

    Garbage play at quarterback today – and horrible play on the OLine.

  23. RastaMon Says:

    Jethro McClown

  24. DB55 Says:

    Matt B

    Fair enough

  25. JT Says:

    WHY are some media types willing to forgive and forget a piss poor performance by the 35 year old career back up journeyman bust who has sucked his whole ccareer yet a rookie who played average under a coaching staff who couldnt make an adjustment to save their jobs shouldnt be anything more than a bench warmer. You all know who i mean. Hes like the only guy left in tampa who thinks glennon is inferior to mccown. Oh wait lovie hand picked mccown WHO GIVES A F! Cmon lovie PLEASE if were going to lose id rather lose with glennon so we dont waste next year on him after mccown spits the bed.

  26. robert8 Says:

    I told u free sucked check
    I told u the mankins deals sucked – injury -check
    I told u nicks was done 2 yrs ago – check
    I told you glennon read the d better/ mccown sucks -check
    I told you giving away wright sucked /ASJ limping – check

    I could go on…….check…..f#$k it… one listens to me -check

    MGM – stand the f$%k up!

  27. Soggybottom Says:

    Josh had time to throw to a wide wide wide open evans for a easy touchdown, josh seen him just choked and did nothing, Jim Carrey was at the game and I don’t think he is a bucs fan anymore, check it out …

  28. DB55 Says:

    I heard that! Check!

  29. robert8 Says:

    the o line was enough……mcclown blew this game!

    along with the conservative play calling. put way too much on the defense, when Carolina was clearly clicking on all cylinders. should have backed off thee D looked for Int’s and pulled mcclown ater that second clusterfu#k throw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. DallasBuc Says:

    Who feels great now that Lovie is pulling double-duty with talent selection now that his lapdog GM is paid to take the heat…sorta!!!
    What a joke. This relationship is as unholy as the Gruden/Allen relationship. Had ownership forced McCay and Gruden to work together we would be a well healed ball club. The effing unraveling…

  31. Adrian Says:

    @ DB55
    Your quote on Jackson thinking “fml not this again” was too great Lol xD

  32. Matt B Says:

    Robert8 – Wow. So you saw into the future and knew that Mankins and ASJ would go down with injuries today. And they must be season ending, rather career ending, because you pronounce this proof that it was a bad trade – in other words, there is no more football to be played out. Please tell what’s going to happen in the stock market tomorrow.

  33. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    You can’t “force” people to work together. That’s ludicrous.

    As for Lovie, it’s one game. Slow your roll just a little. I’m pissed too, but give me a break with the overreaction! We got beat by a good football team. Make no mistake about that. That is a physical, punishing football team that is going to be a tough win for every team in the NFL. We looked horrible in almost all facets of the game, yet somehow had a chance to pick un an undeserved win. We have talent on this team, but talent doesn’t always equal wins. Unless you have a really good QB (which we obviously do not), we aren’t going to be the 2002 Buccaneers overnight. Calling Licht a “lapdog” GM doesn’t seem to fit anything I’ve ever read about the guy. Just because Lovie has final say over the roster (which really boils down to the final 3 or 4 guys on the roster) doesn’t mean Licht is a lapdog.

  34. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I really wish you could read what you wrote and see how much of a d-bag it makes you appear as. I’m not saying you are one, but you sure give that impression. Get over yourself.

  35. Architek Says:

    Watching Luck carry the Colts who’s roster is trash – makes me just puke at how pathetic of a effort and execution out QBs put out.

  36. Architek Says:

    All of Robert posts are about as sensible as Pablo.

  37. Joe Says:

    It’s disgusting that a guy who is supposed to be level headed and cool under pressure – a leader – flakes out and falls apart the moment something goes wrong. He is not a field general. He’s a field mouse

    Golf clap.

  38. Louis Friend Says:

    Architek – I was thinking exactly the same thing. That kid is masterful.

  39. DallasBuc Says:

    Hawaiian- first thing is I respect your takes and appreciate your critisism. I know you shoot straight and give sht about my bucs. That said, I’m not sure why you quoted “forced” when I never said or implied any sort of forced relationship. Missed something I guess. It’s late.
    About Licht, I believe that Lovie has had an outsized role in the GM duties based on much of the unfortunate talent evaluation that has resulted in today’s performance. Every interview I hear with Licht it sound very co-dependent and almost like he is taking cover under “Lovie”. HC doesn’t sound like that towards his GM. It’s all very deferential and one-sided.
    We may have had a chance to win that game but we didn’t face a healthy Cam who would have embarrassed us like he has never done before.

  40. Joe Says:

    6th best QB of the NFC South

    Hard to argue.

  41. robert8 Says:

    except mine are accurate …its what I do for a living……….you don’t trade a pro guard who is good to go……he might pass a physical……..just like a used car passes a mechanic…….still don’t make it pass the smell test…..common sense boys.

  42. robert8 Says:

    I might sound Pablo…….but I evaluate these deals on a daily basis…just short on words. the long posts are the idiots.

  43. robert8 Says:

    the stock market will raise tomorrow………..its summer.taders sell on Friday and buy on Monday. any other questions?

  44. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    If our backup qb, poor d-ends, bad safties and average mlb/casillias can hold the panthers to 17 points than the Bucs have nothing to worry about. the arrow is moving upward, trade some players and draft well with the 5-11 record and all is well. 5-11 is not bad and dare I say should be wanted by fans because if this scrub team gets an 8-8 record or better than our draft position will hurt the club.

  45. Louis Friend Says:


    Seems like we’ve been hearing similar things for a long time – “wait til next year”. It’s a little too early for that. And frankly 5-11 is too much like 4-12 or 3-13. The bleeding needs to come to an end.

  46. Capt.Tim,Back from Davie Jones's locker Says:

    Again, waaay to much whinning.
    First game, 26 new player. All new coaching staff.
    And you Zombies believed we were gonna go 16-0

    You probably did- because you are Clueless zombies- as I point out to you so often.
    Best advice I can give you, is go find a bridge, and run off it in droves! Lemming style.

    McCown was Nervous. It happens. It won’t happen again. I’ve seen it in many starting QBs on opening day. As a matter of fact, Tom Brady did some similarly weird things today.

    We saw good and bad.
    And that’s what you would expect from a completely rebuilt team.
    McCown proved he is dangerous on the Run- huge improvement over the Statue.
    Rainey can run!
    Evans and ASJ can be good players immediately
    Secondary played well.

    Martin cannot run effectively- don’t know what happened- but last year wasn’t a fluke- he’s lost it.
    Line needs improvement on run blocking- big time
    Our DEs cannot rush the QB
    Barron is still wandering around clueless
    Foster can’t get deep enough in coverage, to play MLB in this defense

    All fixable. 15 games is a looong time. They will find their rythme, and fix their problems.

    Take deep breathes, and act like you have some common sense.
    Or hit the bridge

  47. Just Me Says:

    JOE Joe has it on good authority that Farve suffered from acid reflux today watching McCown.


    When did Farve become a Buc Fan?

  48. MadMax Says:

    shut it tim….

  49. phil Says:

    McCown has never been successful in his NFL career so why are we to expect anything different? Not a Lovie fan but I hope he turn it around quickly so this doesn’t become another wasted season because what they put out on the field yesterday was pathetic.

  50. buc4lyfe Says:

    McCown has never been successful in his NFL career but Glennon is no better!!!! No he won’t make idiotic turnover like Mccown did but he won’t do anything at all to get a win because he’s scared to make mistakes, he couldn’t even affect the score in preseason against back up talent which is why he’s a back up, he throws accurate check downs, he does that when he gets nervous and feels the rush which is why he gets the ball out to fast ALL the time. He sucks just like Mccown when he’s under pressure.

  51. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    7th best QB in the NFC South… Glennon > McClown.

  52. phreakybucfan Says:

    Don’t be to hard on Mcown. I’ve thrown the exact same fumble interception when I played quarterback. I was 10 years old playing popwarner, but still….

  53. nate Says:

    This team is garbage! I cant believe im saying this bug we should look at tim tebow right now

  54. unbelievable Says:

    Are Nate and owlycat the same person?

    And Robert is a fortune teller I guess. Interesting fans we got down in Tampa.

  55. John Ensch Says:

    When the Bucs brought in McCown it was all about those press clippings. Good job Lovie and Jason.

  56. Brandon Says:

    Louis Friend Says:
    September 7th, 2014 at 10:22 pm
    And yes, if Glennon were playing today they would’ve won. That sounds lame, but seeing all the point McCown handed the Panthers I think it’s actually quite likely. And I don’t care much for Glennon either.

    Did you not see Glennon play against the Panthers last year? McCown shat his pants on about three plays yesterday. Glennon shat his pants on every snap against the Panthers last season.