McCown: I Couldn’t Manipulate My Balls

November 26th, 2014

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Josh McCown likes wet soggy balls and dry balls, but he’s no fan of the kind of balls he was feeling in Chicago.

The weather greatly affected McCown on Sunday, he said. That makes it all the more stunning he attempted 48 passes, the most in his career.

Speaking last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network, McCown explained he’s never been a wear-a-glove guy. So the light rain in Chicago wreaked havoc on his throwing ability.

Balls don’t have a consistent feel in those conditions, McCown said, so as a QB he had to make feel-related decisions on every snap.

“When it’s wet you lose the capacity to manipulate it, really. That’s what was frustrating,” McCown said. “[The Bears] were playing so much zone coverage that there were a couple of times, on dry days that I would go, ‘Man, I would make that throw.’ But now you’re having to step up and check it down because you’re like, ‘I can’t do what I want to with the ball today.’ So, you know, it’s part of it.'”

McCown said his balls felt good in the first half but not in the second.

There was no word on whether the weather affected McCown’s ugly decision-making and ball security.

The 35-year-old said he doesn’t rule out training this summer with a throwing glove so he can make that part of his game like Peyton Manning does.

Joe can hardly wait.

39 Responses to “McCown: I Couldn’t Manipulate My Balls”

  1. NewTampaChris Says:

    Running the ball three times and punting is not a bad thing on a wet day with low-scoring teams. Seems like that was normal when I was a kid.

    This story reminds me of the day that Gruden had Bruce Gradkowski throw over 50 times on a windy day at Giants Stadium.

  2. bucrightoff Says:

    lol at the headline

  3. Gua Says:

    I would not mind if the bucs traded for rg3. I know he has been terrible but the kid has some greatness in him. You could take a chance on him for cheap if we end up playing our way out of a starting qb in the draft

  4. b.d Says:

    I know what he means i have a hard time manipulating my balls when they ate wet too. Ha ha ha cant stop laughing.

  5. bucrightoff Says:

    RGIII is shot, if we trade for him just move the team to London and get it over with. He’s horrible, rather draft pretty much any of the QBs including Jameis. RGIII is a one read QB who is only dangerous when he can run, and he’s a 99% injury risk when he does run. Pass every day of the week. Would rather have Cutler or Eli.

  6. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Bucrightoff – Couldn’t agree more. The kid is damaged goods. Even in his breakout rookie season he was the king of the screen and the check down. The only thing that’s changed is that the defense doesn’t have to account for him breaking off a run. He might be able to scamper for a first down here or there but nothing like he was before. He can’t read the field, he doesn’t put in the time to learn the offense and he’s a head case. I’d be surprised to see anyone pick RGIII up, honestly. Definitely not trading for him.

  7. Soggy Says:

    He likes Lovie’s ball

  8. biff barker Says:

    RG3 is pretty much done. Why do we insist on bottom feeding instead of going out and drafting the QB we really need? Trading for JFF is an option too.

    Note to McCown, Arroyo and Lovie, it’s a wet winter day in Chicago. Everybody knew we’d need to run the ball and use short passes.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    RG3 is proof that predicitng a “francise” QB is a crapshoot….Bucs beware!!!

    I do think we should draft a QB but not necessarily with our 1st pick.

  10. bucrightoff Says:

    I thought a few analysts said Glennon was way more advanced as an NFL QB than RGIII. Trading for RGIII, especially with the line as is, would be very poor unless it’s for a dumpster diving price (like a conditional 7th rounder). Then I guess it’s a gamble worth taking for so little

  11. Bee Says:

    Is this article one big joke about balls? Anyway, when he played Atlanta earlier this year in a dry dome, he couldn’t control any of his balls. So i guess he sucks in any environment.

  12. Dewey Selmon Says:

    ALL TIME GREATEST HEADLINE ON THIS SITE. get a girlfiend Josh, or hire somene. But i don’t want to know about your personal life. Thank you Joe for making me spit my coffee out on my computer.

  13. billy buckaroo Says:

    So-was Glennon having trouble holding or throwing the ball or did anybody ask him?
    Hey Coach, I cant grip the ball but let me throw it all day anyway.
    At the very least Glennon should have gone in for the last quarter.

  14. Keith Says:

    What a bunch of juveniles here. The man is still figuring out how to grip the football. It’s not like it rains in Tampa or anything.

  15. DB55 Says:

    When it rains we should call timeout and move the game indoors like we do with practice. Cuz what fb team practices in the rain? Especially when you just got beat in a lite sprinkle.

    You know what happened on Sunday. After halftime the sun went down and the rain came down and their balls disappeared. Too cold, too wet, too soggy. Can we go inside and have some hot coco mommy? Please.

    #pfudr #playoffs

  16. Scott Says:

    Just more proof Arroyo has NO IDEA what he’s doing. Also that’s a pretty poor excuse from McCown. WHOEVER SAID TRADE FOR RG3. You must be crazy, the guy lacks leadership can’t breakdown a defense. His knee has been repaired twice and oh ya HES A BIG. DIVA

  17. BoJim Says:

    I’d as soon trade for Vick. At least he can throw from the pocket.

  18. Capt.Tim Says:

    Did . . . Did somebody just say they wanted to sign RG3???
    DUDE!!! Do you even watch the games- or just listen to the “entertainment tonight ” like editions of all the pregame shows?

    That guy doesn’t have the skill set to win in he NFL. They figured him out after year one

  19. OAR Says:

    Some balls are held for charity
    And some for fancy dress
    But when they’re held for pleasure
    They’re the balls that I like best
    My balls are always bouncing
    To the left and to the right
    It’s my belief that my big balls
    Should be held every night

    We’ve got big balls
    We’ve got big balls
    We’ve got big balls
    Dirty big balls
    He’s got big balls
    She’s got big balls
    But we’ve got the biggest balls of them all

  20. Buccfan37 Says:

    Yeah McCown was winging the ball all over Soldier Field. He will come back against the Bengals and look marvelous. The tide will turn, the fans will shout his praises. Lovie, you’re a genius.

  21. BucFanInArkansas Says:

    Funniest. Headline. Ever.

  22. OAR Says:

    RGIII or Vick……wow hmm….two of $h!t is still $h!t….no thanks both suck!!

  23. DB55 Says:

    I think we might actually beat the bengals. I know, I just put my crack pipe down but I called it in the offseason as my upset pick so imma roll with it.


  24. Shawnbucfan Says:

    Hey Beavis he said wet balls

  25. OAR Says:

    Thanks for clarifying, butthead.

  26. tickrdr Says:

    Things I learned when looking up other things, and
    not quite totally off-topic:

    In their first 19 games in the NFL: ( I hope all my math is OK)
    Flacco: 20 TDs, 14 INTs
    Rivers: 27 TDs, 13 INTs (His 3rd year, 1st as starter)
    Newton: 23 TDs, 22 INTs
    Ryan: 21 TDs, 12 INTs
    Roethlisberger: 28 TDs, 13 INTs
    P. Manning: 33 TDs, 33 INTs
    Luck: 26 TDs, 19 INTs
    Rodgers: 32 TDs, 13 INTs (But this was his 4th year, 1st as starter)
    Griffin: 26 TDs, 9 INTs
    Vick: 18 TDs, 10 INTs

    A certain backup QB on a terrible team: 29 TDs, 15 INTs (18.5 games)


    All of you haters, please post logical arguments.
    TDs help to win games.
    Turnovers help to lose them.
    Whether you have “IT” or not.

  27. AFBuc Says:

    Possibly has something to do with EDS rolling him the ball out of the shotgun all through the 2nd half?

  28. Please Says:

    Nice callback up there for all the Gruden lovers: Bruce Gradkowski throwing 50 times. Sometimes we forget the Golden Chucky wasn’t always.

  29. "that guy" Says:

    if his balls didnt feel well in his right, maybe he should have tried his left?

    besides if he wore a glove he would’nt be able to feel his balls, “Balls don’t have a consistent feel in those conditions, McCown said, so as a QB he had to make feel-related decisions”

    if he would’ve scored the night before, maybe he would’ve kept scoring on sunday.

    instead he rubbed all that pressure off on lovie.

    witch might be a good thing, seeing as how lovie could not call a play to score on his wife.

  30. SteveK Says:


    Thanks for the breakdown. Glennon should get an opportunity.

  31. ATLBucsFan Says:

    So the coach should tell his employee that for that day he is wearing gloves. Get over it and let go out and play.

  32. Capt.Tim Says:


    Let’s just sign Jamarcus Russel, and be done with it!!!

    What- are you guys making a list of WBs who have proven they CANT win in the NFL.

    Thank heavens none of you are in charge of any level of a football team!!
    But it scares me to think, that they probably do let you drive a vehicle!!


  33. Buctebow Says:

    “McCown said his balls felt good in the first half but not in the second.” He should focus less on his balls and more on winning the game.

  34. TAC Says:

    Glennon would have grabbed those wet slimy balls, dried them off with his beard, and jammed them down the throats of the Defense. Then he would have kicked them in the nutz, farting in their general direction while walking off the field, and say “happy thanksgiving Mofo’s”.

  35. Sapp, STFU Says:

    He should try Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls

    Or maybe

    Alec’s Schweddy Balls

  36. mac Says:

    Our QB will continue to struggle until we fix this s**t filled offensive line… Look at the Cowboys… Jerry Jones has drafted three lineman in the first round and Tony Romo is now getting 7-8 seconds to throw against a 4 man rush… Our QB has less then 2 seconds…

    Same with the defense… We won’t stop the pass until we can get more pressure with our front four…

    We need both offensive and defensive lineman this off season…

  37. Howard Cosell Says:

    I honestly think we would of stood a better chance
    with The Cannon in that game.

    Good Gravy! Do you think Brew Brees would be blindsided
    by slippery balls? Hell no! He’s practiced that scenario and
    every other one that he might encounter.
    Drew is ready for 30 degree weather in Mile High in the
    pouring rain with crowd noise and a beer thrown at him.

  38. Howard Cosell Says:

    TAC Says:
    November 26th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Glennon would have grabbed those wet slimy balls, dried them off with his beard, and jammed them down the throats of the Defense. Then he would have kicked them in the nutz, farting in their general direction while walking off the field, and say “happy thanksgiving Mofo’s”.

    CANNON and MGM!!

  39. buccanAy Says:

    Surprised McCown didn’t start crying that it was to cold, wet, and windy, for his balls to go straight. JEEZ dude SHUT UP!!!