Josh McCown: Interception Machine

December 10th, 2014

Troubling data emerges

Bucs fans wondering what it might be like to have an erratic rookie quarterback simply can look at Josh McCown’s ratio of interceptions to passing attempts this season.

McCown, a 35-year-old handpicked by Lovie Smith to make good decisions and secure the football, is tossing an interception every 22.7 passing attempts.

Here’s how he stacks up to rookie QBs (and others) who, like McCown, have attempted more than 200 passes this season.

Kirk Cousins  – one interception per 22.6 attempts.
Josh McCown 22.7
Blake Bortles 23.6
Geno Smith  23.9
Nick Foles 31.1
Mike Glennon 33.83
Teddy Bridgewater 38.75
Derek Carr 43.0

Somebody please tell Joe why McCown has been quarterbacking the Buccaneers since leading the team to national humiliation in Atlanta and an 0-3 record?

26 Responses to “Josh McCown: Interception Machine”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    And tell me why He throws more deep balls out of bounds then MG8, yet some think that only MG8 throws long balls out of bounds???

    MG8 has the better Deep threat percentage as well. having said that. Keep Josh McCown in, when need the turn over machine and master of Panic to secure the #1 overall.

    Lovie Smith, head coach of the worst football team in the nfl, way to go!

  2. Another J Says:

    Josh is doing his best to help us secure the #1 pick in the draft…

  3. billy buckaroo Says:

    Any QB playing behind this line is going to be in “desperation” mode and throw more interceptions than normal. Deumig pointed that out specifically and with no running game it only makes it worse.

    That’s nice, except the running game was poor last year, the O-line wasn’t clicking, the offense was 32nd-ranked, and the QB only threw nine picks in 13 starts. When the ball leaves McCown’s hand it’s his responsibility. McCown is worse than his peers in similar situations. –Joe

  4. Soggy Says:

    I know the oline needs fixed but lovie better get a different QB, Can’t we do both?

  5. J Moné Says:

    Cry me a river I hope he plays more.

  6. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Lovie has totally fudged up the Glennon situation. Now we don’t know if he is good enough to start and neither does another team that might want to trade for him.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    1) I said it before the last draft…Derek Carr was the best of the class. I still believe it. He is doing things behind a bad offensive line. So I guess that shoots your theory down billy buckaroo.

    2) This time next year, we will be grateful that McCown came, because without him we would not get a franchise QB. Glennon is a 3 win QB, just enough to take us out of the first pick, but still sucks.

  8. Architek Says:

    Why discuss both of these sucky QBs?

    Glennon is garbage too and McCown is Glennon in the future without the athleticism. They’re career backups and the arm pit of the league.

    It’s easy to see why we suck – because we have inept qbs. OL is just a microcasm of the talent evaluation on this team. It’s not their faults because they have been mediocre they just got paid but Warhop and Lovie and Licht have to own these failures!

    I say if we lose out fire Lovie and bring in a OFF minded HC that can develop him because Lovie will ruin him!

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Frankly, the Bucs tried the ‘building the oline first’ thing last time. It did no good. Get the QB first, and then build around him while he learns. That’s the way to do it, unless you’ve got the makings of a good oline already.

  10. JMN Says:

    At this point in the season I say keep McCown in because he gives us the best chance to lose and get that #1 pick. I would not be happy with Glennon going in because at least with him there is a chance of a win I don’t want.

  11. Architek Says:

    I absolutely love Derek Carr and agree that he’s gonna be the star of this draft class.

    Big time miss out by the flawed eval of the Bucs to trade up to get him.

  12. OB Says:

    Joe, it is quite simple, we have dumb for McCown as a QB, and dumber for Lovie as a head coach. McCown can’t function under pressure of any kind, and mostly can’t at any time. Lovie is not functioning at all or you would not have to ask th question.

    Now don’t be surprised if Lovie states after we “win” the number one pick that it was his plan all along. Of course this would make him the dumbest.

  13. bucrightoff Says:

    Stop calling Oakland a bad offensive line Bonzai. I’ve already called you out on that, they have allowed the 5th fewest sacks in the league. If our OLine had allowed the 5th fewest sacks in the league we would win the division. Their line crushes ours, not even close. They’ve allowed half as many sacks as ours.

  14. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    As some other Bucs writer out there stated when Glennon was playing, that if Lovie goes back to McCown then he is surely tanking the season.

    I believe the writer.

  15. Zam Says:

    Because he can deliver the ball to Evans in stride. Glennon is woefully inaccurate. Evans is the only good part of watching this offense, am I wrong?

  16. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Please let him keep quarterbacking for the last 3 games.

  17. biff barker Says:

    The Cannon had no future here after Lovie was hired.

    I still believe Tedford wanted Carr all along and that McCown was just a stopgap QB until Carr was ready.

    Licht was holding out for a second round pick for Glennon from Arizona which blew the deal.

  18. mac Says:

    McCown sucks!!!

    Our running backs suck!!!

    Our tight ends suck!!!

    Our offensive line sucks worst of all!!!

    I’m not blaming McCown… He is what he is and he is playing to the best of his abilities and those around him… Bad…

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Our draft position should pave the way for a good OC that will want control of the pick…..
    I would like to see Glennon back in because it makes more sense for the future….either as a backup or trade bait.
    McCown has the experience needed to be a good backup.

    I want to win but hope teams like Jags, Raiders & Jets win also…..we know either the Jets or Titans will win Sunday so we have to hope the losing team wins the next week.

    I just can’t root for a loss no matter what the consolation prize is….

  20. bucco brice Says:

    Winston’s an INT machine too 🙂

  21. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    mac Says
    “Our running backs suck!!!

    Our tight ends suck!!!”

    No they don’t. The RBs look bad because of the offensive line and OC.

    The TEs look bad because of the oline, QB and OC.

    I view it as taking medicine. It taste horrible, but in the long run, losing is better for the team.

    I think hoping for wins this season is a selfish way of thinking. It’s putting the future of the team in jeopardy for a couple wins that mean nothing at all. If a person really wants what is best for the team, he or she will want the first pick in the draft this year so we can start building around him.

    Remember, we would also have the first pick in all the other rounds. That will make a huge difference.

  22. Buccfan37 Says:

    Eeeny meany miney mo, Put in Glennon, I’m sick of the McCown show.

  23. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Vinny was a interception machine. I’ll be pissed if mccown blows up the last 3 games and costs us a #1 pick.

  24. Paul Says:

    I don’t think any QB can be judged fairly behind this line

  25. caradoc Says:

    Why has he been Quaterbacking? Because that silly Mike Glennon guy, even though he isn’t very good himself, is still trying to actually win games. Can’t have that, he might get lucky and we might miss out on the chance to draft Winston (and yes, Lovie will draft him over Mariota). Josh, on the other hand, knows how to tank games and Lovie can trust him not to blab about it.

  26. Bob in Valrico Says:

    if O line cant block for running game, they usually create a penalty to overturn
    any good running play. If you cant run, then QB is sitting duck, since O line doesn’t sustain blocks
    long enough. The longer the play takes the more time they have to create another drive killing penalty or open the door for a sack.
    The only reason we got EDS and Mankins was that their play did not match
    their high salaries. I have seen EDS step aside to let defender come in and sack Mccown. Mankins seems to get a lot of holding calls.