Josh McCown’s Thoughts On Retirement

December 23rd, 2014

josh mccown and mike glennonJosh McCown turns 36 years old before next season, and he’s taken quite a beating lately.

So Joe thought it was timely to ask McCown today whether he’s thinking about hanging it up after the season, and whether he’s thinking about Sunday possibly being his last game.

“You know what, I try to approach every one of them that way, just so that you get the value, you enjoy the moment, and you know, you get everything out of every game,” McCown said. “I don’t know if it’s at that point yet. Obviously, right now, at this point in the season, and your body’s tired and all those things. But once you get away from it, it kind of resets things. I feel good. My plan right now is to keep playing.”

Sure, Bucs fans are cringing at the thought of McCown quarterbacking Tampa Bay next season, but surely McCown would be a sound backup mentoring an elite rookie quarterback prospect.

McCown’s response led Joe to believe McCown plans to return but does plan to weigh that against life after the NFL. One certainty is the Bucs shouldn’t pay McCown the $4 million+ he’s due next season.

32 Responses to “Josh McCown’s Thoughts On Retirement”

  1. Buccfan37 Says:

    Like the terminator, he’ll be back.

  2. DB55 Says:

    Good try joe. Way to plant that seed in his head.

  3. Patrick in VA Says:

    Sounds great. So long as by “playing” he means rocking the Surface and helping the rookie get his feet under him. I’d be down for him playing the first game or two as a “what not to do” cautionary tale for the youngster next year.

  4. Jonny 2.3 Says:

    Glennon offers great insurance policy as a backup. Should the rookie QB after say 2 or so years does not even look competent, like EJ Manuel, Glennon would be a great option to resort to if we somewhat upgrade the O-line. I was initially under the belief that we need to retain McCown in the mentor role while we trade Glennon since he has trade value. But no, while Glennon may be a Kyle Orton type, Kyle Orton types are sometimes hard to find. We already know that Glennon at the very least can simulate Orton’s play, which is that of a great backup and slightly below average starter. If the rookie is not ready Glennon can start as well.

    As far as McCown goes, I’ve read great things about him, how he helps both offense and defense and that he is a great teacher. I think if he is released, he will contemplate on retiring. If Lovie can lure him as a position coach that would be perfect. But hopefully not as the backup QB.

  5. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    McCown has proven he is durable. He’s proven to be an excellent teammate.
    He’ll be a good mentor for whichever Heisman we take next year.

    Glennon has too much value to sit as the 3rd QB. They’ll trade him for at least a 3rd round pick.

    Next year’s draft…
    Round 1- QB
    Round 2(like a late round 1) OL
    Round 3 OL
    Rest of the rounds BPA with an obvious prejudice to any player that can rush the passer.

  6. Gooberville Says:

    Really Joe? You thought it was timely? Umm there’s anothet game to play and he has another year on his contract. I would hardly call the silly ? timely. Maybe hopeful on your part.

  7. Sapp, STFU Says:

    What is the cost to cut McCown?

    Glen on could be the veteran QB while Marriota matures. Cheaper too.

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    next year is his last pay check in the NFL. He is not giving that up, his wife wouldn’t let him I’m sure. Hold the clipboard, try and teach Winston to be a professional.

  9. Dewey Selmon Says:

    No one is giving up a 3 for Glennon. maybe a 4

  10. bucrightoff Says:

    McCown knows if he’s back he has to start at least 6-10 games next year, likely again behind one of the poorest lines in football. Of course he has $5 million reasons to come back but if he’s taking an absolute beating this year as it appears, I can understand wanting to leave.

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    Who knew you had to take a physical beating and dish one out to the fans for 5 million?

  12. Hawk Says:

    A ‘backup’ is a player that *IF* inserted, can hold the fort until the starter returns. McCown can’t hold his breath, why would ANYONE want him to play any part other than Santa Claus at the team Christmas party?
    Sorry, but the stats indicate that McCown is not even a good backup.

  13. Tom Edrington Says:

    Hell yeah he plans to keep on playing, where else can he get paid big dollars for poor performance?

  14. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    I keep hearing people say that mariota is like rodgers but when I hear people say that Winston is like brady many say no with conviction, don’t understand it. They say that mariota has a better completion percentage to INT ratio while Winston is a turnover waiting to happen. 1st: if mariota throws more short passes than long and they are caught that increases com%. Mariota is a safe thrower who will run before throwing a pass down field into a tight window (alex smith, kyle orton). When Evans is open down the field and Mariota is running outside and does not throw it and ends up with less than a 1000yrds next season while he will get a 1000yrds with scrub McCown you’re gonna have problems.

    When the Bucs need to drive down the field to score the game tieing or winning field goal and the opposing defense is spying him and bottleing up the pocket forcing him to throw you know like the Bengals did Manning last night or the Bucs did rodgers sunday or how seattle does every running QB with 1:05 on the clock and one time out. Short passes to pad the stats won’t do it and then the people who clamored for mariota will wonder why the Bucs defense couldn’t do more.

  15. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    When the Bucs pick an OC who will tailor the offense to fit mariota but a defender hits him in the legs going out of bounds or before he slides and he has to leave the game. But there is no backup who can run this system like mariota can then the Bucs are screwed. When mariota realizes that he cannot run so much and must throw down field more than he is use too then you’ll get int’s causing the defense to get back on the field killing all momentum. Like Bridgewater is leading the vikings with nothing on offense or like Carr is leading the RAIDERS with nothing on offense and like Winston will lead the titans to a better record excuses will be made for mariota’s failure. Even with the 7th best defense in the conference, an improved o-line, weapons on offense and much improved special teams. But it’ll be the coaching right! Arians could fix it, kelly could fix it, abcd could fix it is all joe buc readers will be typing.

  16. Howard Cosell Says:

    Get ready for Cutler/McCown in 2015.

  17. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Why anyone would want to trade Glennon and keep McCown regardless of what the Bucs do in the draft is mind boggling. Nevermind the bloated contract that McCown has for the quality play he brings, he is older, makes poorer decisions, and turns the ball over far more often than Glennon. McCown should thank his lucky stars that Lovie had a hard on for him in the off season and should retire while he still has his health. Good luck Josh, you may be a wonderful teammate, but you never came close to fulfilling the hopes and dreams of the JBF Pineapple McCown Mob 🙂

  18. BucFan20 Says:

    You have a backup QB to be able to come in and perform when the starter goes down. At least hold the fort. McClown is not even a backup. Glennon the team closer to wins and that is fact. He is a mentor to do nothing except how to give the ball away and panic under pressure.

  19. BucFan20 Says:

    ^ had

  20. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Stop lying to yourselves and admit that Winston is the better QB and stop projecting your animosity towards him to justify your mariota love. You will want a J. Winston who will be angry that so many people doubted him because of alleged allegations and want to prove everyone wrong. You will want a Winston who will inspire the offense to fight for that extra yard. You will want a Winston who will rally the team around him to protect him and embrace being the bad guy and put new meaning to “fire them cannons” or “skullz and swords”. The only mean team on the field in the NFC South with all of these finesse offenses. MNF fans will tune in to watch the Bucs get manhandled but instead watch them punish the other team and celebrate afterward and give short interviews after the game an “US AGAINST THE WORLD MENTALITY”

  21. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    People are mad that McCoy picks up an opponent now but soon will McCoy crushes a QB and David lays a bone jarring hit on someone or McDougled comes up and puts the wood on a runningback or hits the receiver who catches the ball in the soft spot of the zone. Then they’ll put their hand out to pick them up and the opponent won’t have it. Doing nothing but making the Bucs D play harder. This is the team you want Bucs people not finesse but MEAN taking that title away from the Seahawks.

  22. CC Says:

    Could you or someone in the media ask Lovie or Light if they will be hiring a new offensive coordinator for 2015 season? A question as simple as that please.

  23. NewTampaChris Says:

    The #1 pick doesn’t earn what he did before the rookie cap. So even keeping McCown’s $4m salary would not leave the Bucs overinvesting in the position.

  24. ddneast Says:

    What elite QB are you talking about Joe because I don’t see one in this year’s draft,
    I see two QB’s who have been highly and overly touted by the media and their team’s PR department, but I don” t SE an elite QB.
    Please don’t continue perpetrating this madness.

  25. steven Says:

    Tampa bay buccaneers really should get Marcus Mariota for a rookie quarterback and he would do great for us we need a quarterback and seeing him play in college he’s gonna be great

  26. rayjay1122 Says:

    If I were Winston and Mariota, I would be hoping like hell that another team could pull off a trade with the Bucs. Neither of these rookie QBs have a chance of success in Tampa.

  27. DallasBuc Says:

    As long as this man is putting on a Bucs uniform the only reasonable conclusion to draw is that the Bucs are not even trying to win football games.

  28. Matt B Says:

    A question, Joe, or a suggestion? I love it either way.

  29. Oahubuc Says:

    I don’t want to see his face again. I’m barely making it through the third quarter before turning games off. If he’s on the field next season, I might finally make leap to not even tuning in.

  30. BoJim Says:

    Someone here had a great idea.

    Glennon as starter
    Marcus or Jameis as backup and learn
    McCown as QB coach.

  31. Dickens Says:

    Funny that you guys are reporting on McCown’s thoughts on retirement seeing as it was only 4-5 months ago that Pewter Report was giving us training camp reports talking about how great our offense looked. Joe; did you see the same thing out there or was pr not even paying attention? I would like to see McCown stick around for nothing more than helping to mentor our rookie QB next year. If he has to come into a game we are screwed.

  32. BucsAssassin76 Says:

    Winston’s theft is not an allegation. It’s a fact. Tennessee can have his complete lack of character and immaturity to deal with. I fail to see how players like him ever make teams better. I’ll take my chances with Marriota