Crying Josh McCown

November 9th, 2014
McCown was overcome with emotion after today's loss

McCown was overcome with emotion after today’s loss

Either you’re going to respect Josh McCown more when you hear this, or you’re going to bang your head against the wall.

Joe realizes the notion of athletes crying is polarizing.

Before Josh McCown left the locker room and headed to the media podium for his postgame news conference today, Joe saw him overcome with emotion, forearm sleeve over his eyes as he stood leaning against a wall. A man was beside McCown consoling him, and McCown’s face and neck were red.

Joe’s not going to report McCown was crying because Joe didn’t see tears, but that seemed to be the case.

When McCown stepped to the podium, he was asked about the emotional response, and McCown struggled for words and his voice cracked.

“One-and-eight, one-and-eight, and uh, one-and-eight, you know,” McCown said. “You want to give your teammates and your coaches and your fans and your family and everybody here better than that. It just hurts.”

(Here’s video of weepy McCown.)

McCown went on to talk about how hard the team works, and how the toll of losing “hurts,” and how the Bucs are not winning for fans and can’t “bring them joy” that they want to see. He also explained that some of the emotion ties to knowing, at 35 years old, that his remaining NFL opportunities aren’t plentiful.

It’s great to see players taking losses seriously. But Joe and fans have endured so much losing, so Joe doesn’t really care at this point. Just win.

39 Responses to “Crying Josh McCown”

  1. RastaMon Says:

    Tears of McClown


    I honestly do appreciate the fact that he cares so much, but I’m all about getting ‘Massacred for Marriota’ at this point.

  3. RealityCheck Says:

    He’s at the end of his career and he knows he’s not going to be the magical cure the Bucs need to string together a few winning years before a younger QB takes over. I’m sure having your dreams crushed is a bit emotionally draining.

  4. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    You know Joe you are right; its good to see that the players take the losses seriously but again: 3 turnovers to zero = loss! McNown buried the Bucs again with the picks…. I just wish they would do something about it and win for a change. This is just a bad God-awful team and Licht & Lovie and the Glazers should be held accountable for not having a contingency plan better than Arroyo when Tedford got shelved: this offense is not NFL caliber and IMHO they could have done something, correct me if I am wrong Joe!

  5. 911bucs Says:

    umm, he should be pissed the F off.. The whole team should be.

  6. Mike Glennon Mob Says:

    I won’t laugh at a man distraught over something he cares about. Sometimes crying is the only response one can have when upset. That said, it’s not like someone died apart from the Bucs laughable chances at winning the division.

  7. knucknbuc Says:

    I respect mccown at least some players still care. Dude still isn’t a good qb but it a talent. All these internet tough guys on here

  8. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    where was the urgency on the final 2 mins????

  9. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Somebody already coined the phrase, but I’m using it, “Suck for the Duck”. Winning at this point just pisses me off.

  10. RastaMon Says:

    ASJ has a LONG way to go becoming a NFL player….first and foremost getting in tip top shape…the guy besides thinking he has “arrived” catching a TD or 2…is a out of shape SLUG !!!!!!

  11. The Ether Says:

    nothing wrong with a guy who puts his heart into a game…

    even though I dont want him back in 2015, I still think he’s the better option @ QB to develop our younger receivers, while still losing it for that #1 Pick! nice seeing some passes in stride and some YACs.

    just keep feeding these receivers, get em ready for Winston/Manziel, then be there to mentor them in ’15!


    He wanted to be like the Jesus for our franchise and win a couple Superbowls or something and end his career triumphantly; which I can respect, but Damn it please stop throwin red zone picks bro. Impossible to win with picks in clutch situations.

  13. WalkdaPlank Says:

    “Joe’s not going to report McCown was crying because Joe didn’t see tears, but that seemed to be the case.”

    Titles article “Crying Josh McCown”.

    But in all seriousness, it is nice to see some emotion from somebody. Seems like he at least cares. Not like a certain Liar who stands there like a statue and shows no passion whatsoever.

  14. Winston Says:

    I would rather see him take charge, take responsibility, and be damn pissed. No wonder we have a losing team if they get their butt kicked and they go into the locker room and weep. This is really sad.

  15. JJV Says:

    Everyone weeps except Lovie. He is clueless.

  16. D-Rome Says:

    He also explained that some of the emotion ties to knowing, at 35 years old, that his remaining NFL opportunities aren’t plentiful.

    No doubt in my mind that Josh McCown reads newspaper clippings and/or blogs like JoeBucsFan. At the very least he hears about them. He knows what the fans say. He knows what the critics say. With an improving Bucs offensive line and a defense that is **starting** to seem to figure it out plus a team that is down this was a great opportunity to silence his doubters. Instead, his play only cemented what everyone has said about Josh his entire career.

  17. Buccfan37 Says:

    I like McCown, he seems like a nice guy. I give him a B plus for effort, if the Bucs had won I’d have given him an A.

  18. Walter White Says:

    Same old same old. Is it just me or does it feel like I’ve been watching essentially the same damn game on repeat over and over and over all year long?

  19. D-Rome Says:

    where was the urgency on the final 2 mins????

    I tell you what Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay, on that final drive I didn’t see the sense of urgency to get back on the line of scrimmage after McCown was sacked on that drive. That really stood out to me.

  20. DB55 Says:

    This franchise should just play soccer actually soccer players maybe tougher (lmao) maybe girls volleyball, they might not win but maybe they can compete. Lmao rotf. There’s no crying in baseball but this is not a girls baseball team it’s the bucs. Lol

    How do you let the 2-6 Falcons whoop your ass twice?

  21. Winston Says:

    And, I am sure all those guilty of STUPID penalties will cry all the way to the bank.

  22. DB55 Says:


    I don’t understand why you don’t just write 10 articles about LVD on Sunday’s. He’s the only football player we got.

  23. The Ether Says:

    He was probably crying after his o-line fcked him for 60 minutes… Seriously, they we’re back in week 1 form…

  24. sho-nuff Says:

    McCown played his a** off…putting his body on the line all day diving for yardage head first…

    Our punk Defense couldn’t make a stop until late into the 3rd quarter against one of the worst lines in football…just face it YOUR Buccaneers are not only gutless but they are world class STUPID….Dumb penalty taking, fumbling, celebrating for WHAT full blown **tards….

  25. Tony Says:

    Really like this guy. Seriously, going to be a great mentor next year.

  26. rayjay1122 Says:

    LVD and Evans are the only NFL ballers on this joke of a team. I say keep them and clean house to include staff. Damned Raiders are losing too. I hope they get a win at some point because we are going 1-15 regardless of what a local sports show host with the initials RL thinks. He needs a drug test.

  27. Flmike Says:

    Wow a close loss, yeah, changing starters is changing the losing culture from blowouts to close losses….yeah, give me more, abuse me baby, make we watch while incompetent coaching rears its ugly head as undisciplined play, which is how you recognize incompetent coaching….and why in the fuk is Koening on the roster still, I know kids with club feet with a better avg, his bad punts lead directly to Falcon scores….

  28. gotbbucs Says:

    If he’s worried about his football mortality that much then his career is obviously over. He’s going to press in big situations and put the ball in bad spots.

  29. The Buc Realist Says:

    Joe, I think alright for a man to cry, I last cried when Lovie signed and handed the starting Job to McCown!!

  30. Jim Says:

    The refs really let the Bucs have it in the 4th quarter. You can’t beat the zebras when they want you to lose.

  31. Capt.Tim Says:

    He’s a good QB.
    Always hurts to lose, at that level.

    At least he ran the team like a Pro QB! It was a nice change.
    Thought he played a good game

  32. Bird Says:

    I think that anyone chaping on mccown is a joke. It just goes to show u how little talent and/or coaching are on this team. He played about as good as he could. Bruise picks were desperation plays when the game was practically over. Lot of respect for him. His legs kept a lot of drives going. They still need to draft a qb but they need to get a qb that can run cause o line is terrible. D line is worse. Matt Ryan has been getting killed T he last few weeks and we couldn’t even sniff him. Unfortunately we need a qb and 10 other guys. Could be bad for a while

  33. Arealbucsfan Says:

    @ Forty Myers Dave. McCown only threw1 crucial pick. Cant bkame the 2nd one

  34. Socalbucsfan Says:

    Let’s be honest… Can we put our trust in a franchise that hired their head coach first and then their gm? I have to place blame on the ownership and head coach for this debacle. I am seriously embarrassed to tell people that I am a bucs fan. When people hear that, the jokes are thrown my way. Just gets sick to see the same crap year after year after year after year.

  35. George Says:

    This is the most emotion Bucs fans have seen all season! What a damn shame! Cannot wait for draft day!

  36. TBLT Says:

    Watch the video, the man is being genuine and honest. I can’t fault the man for being honest. It’s a breath of fresh air to see guys like josh and Gerald get genuinely upset over a lose.

  37. Trubucfan22 Says:

    His picks came after the game was pretty much put away. Stop acting like his picks lost us the game. The first one was a bad decision, but it wasn’t Exactly his fault it got intercepted. The last one was a Hail Mary on 4th and 18. Can’t blame Mccown for giving it a try. Glennon would have thrown it out of bounds in that situation because he doesn’t want to hurt his precious TD:INT ratio that the mgm likes to cling to.

  38. Bretterson Says:

    Poor guy. He gets to wipe his tears with a $10 million contract. What do the fans get for continued ineptitude? Until he cares strongly enough to start reimbursing Sunday Ticket subscriptions, merchandise, and game tickets, it doesn’t matter.

  39. Zam Says:

    There are people dying the world over, and he’s crying over losing a football game. It was refreshing in its own way, but totally inappropriate.

    When someone makes a bad hamburger at McDonalds, they don’t cry. It’s a business here, why is he blowing it so out of proportion?