McCown’s Back Health Is In Question

November 11th, 2014
Josh McCown spoke tonight about his ailing back

Josh McCown spoke tonight about his ailing back

Tonight, 35-year-old Josh McCown said his back injury is a new experience for him, a first in his long career.

Will McCown play Sunday?

He addressed that and his ailing back on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620.

McCown described the ugly wrenching of his back against the Falcons and how it left him with a challenging decision, whether to continue in the game or not. Fans saw him holding his lower back in pain.

“For me, it was a matter of dealing with the doctors and letting them check me out and tell them what I was feeling. And get the ok that there was nothing structurally wrong with me or anything like that,” McCown said. “Then I went down and ran a little bit and got it to where I felt like I could, you know, tolerate it. At that point, once it’s a pain-tolerance issue you really can just, it’s up to the individual. I was ready to go try and help us win that game.”

McCown was vague regarding how he feels now, after taking 11 quarterback hits Sunday, several after getting hurt.

“I’m improved,” McCown said. “I’m better than I was Sunday, and Monday was better than I was Sunday, and today better than yesterday. So that’s good. I’m making progress and feeling better.

“As long as I keep making progress, I feel good about it. … I think we’ll be good to go. We’ll just see how we feel, you know, every day.”

Joe hopes McCown feels better, but this injury represents another reason to re-install Mike Glennon as the starter. In a lost season, there’s no reason to stick with an injured veteran who’s 0-4 with four touchdowns and six interceptions.

36 Responses to “McCown’s Back Health Is In Question”

  1. Tony Says:

    Hey Joe, go read Mr White’s twitter account…first tweet from his All 22 breakdown says it all.

    “First right off the bat lets get this out the way so we can talk about more important stuff. The QB play with McCown was much much than what we saw from Glennon in recent weeks. Yeah, I know, low bar. But on Sunday we saw passes coming out on time before guys even came out of their cuts.”

  2. IK Says:

    Or insert Kafka and deactivate either Glennon or McCown…

  3. Keith Says:

    @Tony – So what?

  4. RCH Says:

    Who cares at this point its not like one is above and beyond the other. The only reasonable explanation I can think of as why McCown is back anyways is because Lovie wanted a second look to determine our back up for next year. Meaning were all in with our number one pick on QB and no to Jameis.

  5. SAMCRO Says:

    Listen, as much as I like Mike Glennon, you’re humorous plea almost seemed incredibly desperate. Thankyou for the laugh, Dr. Joe.

  6. mike Says:

    KEEP DREAMING PEOPLE! cuz if this pinhead coach picks a QB in the draft. he wont start cuz this moron needs wins to keep his job period! and lovie is all that matters to lovie

  7. Pelbuc Says:

    Look, I appreciate McCown’s toughness and passion but nevertheless, he still sucks. But the bigger problem is after 9 games the players have yet to show up energized for a game. Besides all his acquisitions being busts, the team plays with no heart, discipline or smarts. That is on the coaching so the Glazers need to be aware they f&@ked up and that Lovie&light are not the long term answer, so write the check and start all over again, get rid of the expensive, over the hill dead weight and have the new head coach tell us it will take time but the team will play hard and smart.

  8. mike Says:

    @PELBUC- I agree 110 percent even the best player on the team thru this idiot under the bus GMC! that is this hole season so far has been more about bad coaching than bad players.

  9. Espo Says:

    FYI, an injured back is also not a reason to cry.

  10. tickrdr Says:

    Seven first-year head coaches in the NFL this year:

    Cleveland: Mike Pettine 2013: 4-12 2014: 6-3
    Minnesota: Mike Zimmer 2013: 5-10-1 2014: 4-5
    Detroit: Jim Caldwell 2013: 7-9 2014: 7-2
    Tennessee: Ken Whisenhunt 2013: 7-9 2014: 2-7
    Washington: Jay Gruden 2013: 3-13 2014: 3-6
    Houston: Bill O’Brien 2013: 2-14 2014: 4-5
    Tampa Bay: Lovie Smith 2013: 4-12 2014: 1-8

    I guess it just takes time, as anyone can see. (sarc)
    Especially if you replace the starting OT, OG, C, TE, and QB; all before the first practices. Get very limited production from millions of dollars worth of free agents. Lose an offensive coordinator, and refuse to try to replace him. Replace a weak pass rush with an almost invisible one. Replace one of the best turnover ratios with an inept one. Commit repeated penalties at the most inopportune times, and for the dumbest reasons. Take till the 10th game to realize the pass protection isn’t too good, and finally throw some curls and slants off quick drops. Continue to try running plays “up the gut” with limited to no success. Hire a defensive coordinator whose team was worst in the NFL last year in points allowed per game, only to be even worse this year. And finally, have your team play with no heart or passion, then yeah “it takes time”.


  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Espo

    Your first action in life was to cry……and it will probably be what you do on the way out of this world……inbetween you can be the tough guy…….we’re impressed…

  12. johnnytheMOON Says:

    McCown is the Man …That Stellar 17pts against one of the worst Defenses was awesome…

  13. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Without Glennon this team would be winless!

  14. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    It seems like Lovie is saving Glennon for next year. This terrible O-line is going to shorten any QB’s career in a hurry.

  15. Andrew 1 Says:

    Flip a coin on this one.

  16. DallasBuc Says:

    Who the hell gives a sht if he plays or not? Our mediocre and interchangeable QB options represent zero hope for success.

  17. BigMacAttack Says:

    He probably needs to see a gynecologist

  18. PhillyBuc Says:

    At this point does it really matter who conducts this train wreck?

  19. Stanglassman Says:

    To be fair the 3 games McCown has played in (Atl blowout he was injured) he has scored 2 TD per game throwing or rushing. Also some of the int were at the end of the half or game and would not even be counted when considering his true evaluation.

  20. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    We’re 1-8 and excuse me while I wipe away my tears…who cares anymore you waste of 5 million dollars, jerky back up, crying at the podium, scrub of a quarterback, bum.


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  22. biggun Says:

    and just think we actually had a chance to have Chip Kelly oh how the tide turns. I’ve been watching a philly team that’s happy and full of energy.

  23. RastaMon Says:

    I’ve ragged on McCown has much or more than anyone…I do feel for the guy on a human level….35 …hope he can make it through the season…back spasms SUCK !…

  24. passthebuc` Says:

    I’d be crying too. I’m thinking at 35 I don’t have enough time to fleece another team out of 10 million

  25. MTM Says:

    This news has Buc fans on the edge of their seats. Will it be McClown or Glennon. Who gives us the best chance of a single digit loss?

  26. Hawk Says:

    Stanglassman said:
    “To be fair the 3 games McCown has played in (Atl blowout he was injured) he has scored 2 TD per game throwing or rushing.”

    OMG!! 14 POINTS! It’s a wonder the Bucs didn’t win those games with such an offensive juggernaut.

    And then Stanglassman said:
    ” Also some of the int were at the end of the half or game and would not even be counted when considering his true evaluation.”

    Sorry, but it was a couple of HOURS before I stopped laughing hard enough to type. Just for kicks and giggles, I’ll make the counterargument that ints are MORE important and the end of a half/game because you’re either trying to go into the locker room with momentum for the second half, or you’re trying to WIN.
    Of course, with a defense like Lovie and Frazier built, 14 points should win 10 games.

    The only thing that makes McCown worse than Glennon, is that McCown has had over a DECADE to get better.

  27. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    QB’s named Josh haven’t won a game for the Bucs in two seasons, so based on that scientific analysis roll with MG8 and go ‘back to the future’

  28. Louis Friend Says:

    6-25 in their last 31 games. That’s all I care about. Doesn’t matter which player starts. We’ll be 6-26 in our last 32 games in about 4 days time.

    Have a Tums tablet or two if you’re going to think about it much.

  29. Tony Says:


    So What? Joe is calling for Glennon to start again as if McCown is the worst quarterback in the history of the sport. McCown is better than Glennon which does concern me because we may actually win a few down the stretch and screw up the draft. Scratch that, our defense will ensure we won’t win another game.

  30. BoJim Says:

    Play MG8 the rest of the season and evaluate him and the rest of the squad.

  31. pick6 Says:

    the bucs 2015 QB is not on the roster right now. glennon, if he plays well, might elevate his trade value to a 4th rounder, and if he plays badly he sets us up to draft his successor. i hesitate to use the words “bucs” and “win” in the same sentence, but it’s the closest thing the bucs have to a win\win coming out of this mess of a season.

  32. BucBob1 Says:

    Doubt if it’s anything serious. A little hot tub therapy, and a few muscle relaxers, and he’ll be ready to go.

  33. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    “the bucs 2015 QB is not on the roster right now.”


    I believe a lot of fans said that during the offseason too. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as long as Lovie Smith is the Buccaneers head coach (and as long as a decree to draft a QB on day 1 doesn’t come down from the top) the starting Bucs QB is absolutely already on the roster. Expect day one draft picks to be spent on D and O lines, and MAYBE a day 2 or 3 QB to compete for the no.2 QB spot.

  34. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    ToesOnTheLine…it WILL be coming from the top.

  35. Greg Schiano Says:

    Why would Glennon want to play QB for a team that says he has no future?

    If Glennon goes back in, he is risking his health on a team that should have let him play out the season.

  36. Zam Says:

    He really shouldn’t have gone back in the game. I forgot when exactly it happened, but he threw the game away after that I think.