Protecting Josh McCown

December 4th, 2014

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A few things, after watching 75 percent of the 2014 season, have become clear about Bucs quarterback Josh McCown.

McCown’s intangibles are through the roof and he is a charitable soul, often giving to the opposing defense. Granted, McCown is often reckless, but it doesn’t help that he often has little time in the pocket.

Rushed quarterbacks make hasty decisions, and those decisions usually play right into the hands of the defense. So yesterday, Bucs acting offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo discussed whether McCown’s not-so-great protection is why McCown is turning the ball over so much.

“I’m not going to go out and say that if you all of a sudden flip that over, then now it’s because of protection he’s throwing interceptions; that’s not it at all,” Arroyo said.

“Protecting the quarterback has been a mainstay – anyone at this level is trying to protect the quarterback. When there’s a clean pocket, it makes for a very big difference as a quarterback. He can complete a throwing motion and all of those things, and when it’s not, then you have to be able to create it in the pocket. [You must] create by moving around or outside and carrying the ball different, your carriage becomes different, your release becomes a little bit different, it has to quicken up and shorten up, you’ve got to understand time management and where you’ve moved in coordination with the way the route usually has to be at, and where to go with the ball.

“Obviously, we need to get better in all of the phases of turning the ball over and specifically the quarterback is what we’ve been talking about and we can’t do it. Our turnovers are killing us and we know that, that’s nothing we don’t know. It’s the No. 1 key to victory since Day 1, and our standards are not going to change and they won’t and that standard will never change. It seems to be consistent.”

Joe knows McCown could be playing 7-on-7 football and somehow find a way to turn the ball over. It just isn’t pretty.

Sure, if McCown gets protection, it will help. How could it not? Might just narrow his big mistakes down to two a game.

16 Responses to “Protecting Josh McCown”

  1. biff barker Says:


  2. RastaMon Says:

    What this artice issaying is the need rebuilding of the OL via the draft is greater than the need of a rookie wizzbang college QB…that has always played against defenses he’ll neer see in he Pros….
    trade down twice in the 1st round picking up picks in 2015 & 2016
    ad e truthful to the fan base….REBUILDING….is what we are doing

  3. buc4lyfe Says:

    Can you imagine 02 bucs with a championship defense but chuckys offense playing with this line? I don’t think Vicky would be immortalized in our history books not with Brad Johnson unless he could be Vick half the time

  4. OB Says:

    Great coaching finds good and great players in any sport.

    Bad coaching keeps bad players so they don’t admit they made a mistake. No one is perfect so the great ones rise above it, the bad ones don’t. To stick with McCown and the OL the entire year is bad and always will be bad with what we have there.

    To me what the owners do with the Bucs now will tell us if their heart and soul is with the team or the numbers.

  5. Tom Edrington Says:

    Best way to protect Josh McCown is to sit him on the bench for 60 minutes.

  6. knucknbuc Says:

    This line couldn’t protect anyone if you gave them all trogan magnums.

    They suck.

  7. Soggy Says:

    Lions are going to have some fun..

  8. FowlBall Says:

    Look no further than the OL Coach.

    Warhop’s contract not renewed by StL in 2002, fired by Dallas in2005, fired by SF in 2008 (mid-season), fired by Cle at end of 2013 season, where the Browns had the league’s 3rd most sacks and ranked 27th in rushing.

    And to top it all off; he brought Gilkey and Cousins with him to the Bucs!

    Nice hire, Lovie!

  9. RastaMon Says:

    Lovie had a high coaching turnover rate in Chicago….hell this year his OC…saw the hand writing on the wall and bugged out ….

  10. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    Why is McCown still starting?

  11. bucrightoff Says:

    Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:
    December 4th, 2014 at 11:03 am
    Why is McCown still starting

    This question is going to be asked until the middle of next year sadly.

  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    What can Arroyo say about turnovers killing the Bucs chances that we the fans don’t know?

  13. nate_tweetz Says:


  14. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    Good point about the OL coach FowlBall, have to hang the blame on Lovie and Licht for allowing that hire and its accompanying OL signings and cuts…..

  15. Bucsfanman Says:

    I feel like a broken record. This was a position of need(OL) coming into the season. Instead of building upon what we already had, we flushed out 3 of 5(4 if you count Nicks) starters. I don’t care what anybody says, if you don’t have protection, it does not matter who is behind center. Look at Vick. The dude is lightning but can’t stay healthy, why? He’s getting beat up. Just look at any team that’s struggling on offense right now. Why? Answer, offensive line. Sure it doesn’t help that the play-calling is suspect and you have an at-best journeyman QB. Did anyone watch the “Great Wall of Dallas” on NFL Network? Offensive line is where it begins and ends on offense, plain and simple. Put JF, TB, PM, AR, whatever QB you want behind a bad line and you will get a similar result.
    This is a simple game. Beat the man in front of you and you’re likely to win.

  16. FowlBall Says:


    @Fort Myers Dave

    Obviously L & L had the same info on Warhop before they hired him, and this is their idea of quality.