Where’s The Excitement?

November 6th, 2014

McCownlaughPut aside Lovie Smith’s somewhat bizarre chatter about the quarterback situation for a moment.

The reality is the Bucs re-installed Josh McCown, who led the team all offseason — even in voluntary practices on public fields with 100 percent attendance — the man players voted captain, their freaking starting quarterback, and there’s very little excitement to be detected.

Consider Gerald McCoy’s take last night on the quarterback change, via the Buccaneers Radio Network last night.

“Nobody’s really had anything to say about it. It’s just kind of, Coach made a decision and we going with it. And if Coach believes that’s who gives us the best shot to win, that’s what we believe. So we’re just going with it,” McCoy said. “Nobody’s really combating it or anything else. It’s just, ‘Alright, Josh is starting this week, let’s go to practice. That’s how it works.'”

Joe really perked up when McCoy said, “Nobody’s really combating it.” Um, Gerald, to heck with the combat; what about the energy and enthusiasm and spark that’s arrived?

Joe found that to be a telling take from McCoy. Again, McCown is supposed to be a team leader, likely No. 1b to McCoy in leadership. In a healthy and happy Bucs world, McCoy should have been sharing what a positive McCown returns represents.

32 Responses to “Where’s The Excitement?”

  1. Patrick in VA Says:

    I would imagine that everyone in the locker room understands that they have a 1a and 1b QB situation. One is not leaps and bounds better than the other and neither are blowing anyone’s doors down. I think what he was focusing on was making sure that fans/media didn’t think that there was any sort of divide in the locker room over it, a la the Freeman debacle last year.

  2. Joseph Mamma Says:

    He’s not a starting QB anywhere else in the league so how could you possibly get excited. Glennon has a better shot at becoming a solid starter and if you can’t see that you have no business coaching. I’m guessing Glennon won’t ever be great but come on, McCown is no spark. It will be more like a fart.

  3. Bucs_Sam Says:

    Excitement? Is that a real question?

    When you fall from a tree, you just grab at branches. You don’t get happy that the ground is coming up quickly. Whatever branch comes, you just grab for it and hope it works to stop the fall.

    Now you want GMC to get excited, tell him they are bringing back the blackouts.

  4. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    Win is the cure. Everybody is in show me mode when it comes to the QB.

    Practice is a different animal. A paycheck makes the player bring it on Sundays. This is not high school or college were you need a pep rally during the week to get up for the game. These are adults that get paid.

    I just need to see the excitement on Sundays.

  5. RastaMon Says:

    He’ll pick up right where he left off…..getting off the ground !

  6. mike n Says:

    Its not that big deal bc its not the main problem. The special teams is at a junior varsity level. It has taken the D 8 weeks to look boarder line respectable. We have given up 28 points in a 15 minute span twice and the coach is still talking about thers a long way to go, the real football is just starting, and we are still in the hunt among other bs.
    I don’t know if andrew luck could save this team.

  7. Skyline Crew Says:

    Draft Mariota and all your dreams will come true.

  8. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement from McCoy. But I guess when you are 1-7 and about to go up against the team that lit ya up for 56 earlier in the year its kind of hard to be optimistic and giddy….. TDTampaBay is right, winning is the cure; if the Bucs got a W against the Browns I am sure McCoy would be talking about building that one win into a streak but with the Bucs and Falcons both coming in with 4 game losing streaks, confidence is probably on the back burner…..

  9. Buc1987ForJameis Says:

    McCoy is in on the tanking!

  10. Tom Edrington Says:

    Everyone is as enthusiastic as Lovie!! Couldn’t you hear his monotone perk up a bit over this??

    I’m sure they’ll have about 60,000 there Sunday in pure anticipation of a Brady-like performance from Josh McCown.

  11. passthebuc` Says:

    Today its about being politically correct. no angst, disgust or tirades. The NFL is turning into a ladies garden club. What ever you do, don;t throw your helmet or create a scene. Years ago there was a footfall game you plugged into the socket and the players had magnet bottoms. They just went with the flow. That’s what its like watching the buc’s today. No excitement.

    Season tickets to hockey will be my next entertainment purchase.

  12. Buc1987ForJameis Says:

    “Season tickets to hockey will be my next entertainment purchase.”

    I’m slowly getting there myself. It might be as soon as next season if they don’t draft a QB in the first round and pick up some DE or something like that. I’ll probably jump ship.

  13. Skyline Crew Says:

    I can’t wait to go to the Skins game on the 16th so I can yell at Lovie. All my dreams are coming true.

  14. Skyline Crew Says:

    CAPS tix baby. Go all in for the Capitals.

  15. passthebuc` Says:

    @joe. with so much excitement, it must be difficult to keep the topics interesting. maybe you should switch to hockey.

  16. bucrightoff Says:

    Live hockey > Live football. And it’s not particularly close either.

  17. lightningbuc Says:


    Back in the day there was a JoeBoltsFan.com. Joe is a Lightning fan.

  18. lightningbuc Says:

    bucrightoff Says:
    November 6th, 2014 at 12:14 pm
    Live hockey > Live football. And it’s not particularly close either.


    Not close at all. GO BOLTS!

  19. DB55 Says:


    Week 1,2,3
    22-35 183y 2td 2ints
    16-21 179y 0td 1int
    5-12 58y. 0td 1int (pick 6)

  20. Buc1987ForJameis Says:

    If I get hockey season tickets over Bucs tickets. I’m definitely getting a shirt made up that says “Former Bucs Fan” on it to wear to the games.

  21. D-Rome Says:

    There are afternoon drive-time radio hosts out there who are welcoming this change and are very excited! Too bad people within One Buc don’t share the same excitement.

  22. Buccfan37 Says:

    Starting McCown this week is like getting a duck for Thanksgiving dinner instead of a turkey.

  23. lightningbuc Says:


    If you get Lightning season tix they give you a jersey to put whatever name you want on the back – you could put “Former Bucs Fan”. Trust me, you’d be a hit.

  24. Stanglassman Says:

    You expect the team outwardly cheer ‘the QB of the future’ benching? If you think about it really hard you might be able to figure out the reason for the diplomatic response.
    I for one am looking forward to seeing how McCown plays with a O-coordinator, line and defense that at least somewhat knows what they are doing. Too many fans are judging the guy pretty harshly for really only one game.
    Game one was on the Oline period and three he was injured and the game was over midway through the 1st quarter.
    –>The Rams game REALLY the only game that could be Josh M. fault. McCown scored 2 TDs himself in the Rams game had a blocked punt (led to TD) and FG (low kick). He led the team with 38 sec to the 31 yard line only to have Evans not be able to get up and so the Bucs had a 10 sec runoff and couldn’t FG unit on lost by 2 points.

  25. DallasBuc Says:


  26. Skyline Crew Says:

    What OC are you talking about Stan? We haven’t had one all season.

  27. bucs4lyfe Says:

    the offense should be better and farther along that it is right now. everyone know’s arroyo is gone after this season and wont be calling plays next season, the line will get addressed because mankins isn’t all that young, the quarterback position will be addressed because it’s not the worst position but it needs to be the best

  28. Zam Says:

    He’s still the new guy at school. And then he lost 3 out of 3 games. So he’s got lots to prove. If he does, then he’ll get respect, and they’ll follow his leadership. If not, then they aren’t stupid and have no vested interest in him to make them loyal.

  29. Stanglassman Says:

    Skyline- What I was referring to was at the beginning of the season the team was less prepared dealing with the loss of the offensive coordinator, Tedford. They not dealing with the situation long term in hopes that he was returning. Arroyo is still bad but like the O-Line situation it’s much better. I think the Bucs Offense and Def played their best game under Lovie last week. Special teams, not so much.

  30. MTM Says:

    McClown needs to prove he is worth the money he was paid. No more Dilfer impersonations.

  31. Stanglassman Says:

    ATM-Good comparison both played poorly for bad teams and well for good teams. I don’t think McCown will go win a superbowl after he leaves here. BTW why do you care about the money the guy makes? He earned the money last year by leading the NFL in QB rating and being the top QB FA. This team was awful at the beginning of the season hardly his fault. Go back and look at the 2 1/2 games he played and quit repeating popular baseless nonsense that McCown is so bad and lost all those games.

  32. MTM Says:

    @ Stanglassman

    Nobody but the Bucs would have given McClown the contract that they gave him. The Bucs typically over pay for free agents and they become oft injured or passive after they collect their guaranteed money. It has been this way for the last 3-4 yrs.