The Right Call At Quarterback — Finally!

December 28th, 2014


The moment Josh McCown walked off the Georgia Dome field with a thumb injury, after leading the Bucs to national television disgrace and an 0-3 record, it made no sense for him to return as the Bucs starting quarterback.

That was the time to go all-in with Mike Glennon, and Joe lobbied hard.

Even Warren Sapp was all-in.

Lovie Smith would have no part of it. He stuck Bucs fans with McCown for the past seven games — for no logical reason, as far as Joe’s concerned. And the results have been historically dreadful.

But today, finally, is the right time to play McCown. The Bucs must lose to secure the No. 1 overall pick, and McCown is the best man for the job.

Heck, Joe would have deactivated Glennon today just to make sure nothing goes right wrong. Glennon already carved up the Saints pretty well in September, staying calming in the face of their repeated blitzes.

Joe’s confident McCown won’t have the same poise. Yes, the Bucs made the right call at quarterback today. Thank you, Lovie!

32 Responses to “The Right Call At Quarterback — Finally!”

  1. INDYbucsfan Says:

    Man this headline scared me, thought for a second we were playing glennon. Go bucs!(saints)?

  2. SteveK Says:

    Lol Joe.

    Only funny bc it’s true. 🙂

  3. Phillip Says:

    Cannot believe we are about to finish up another embarrassing season..

    I have no faith in Lovie to select Mariota with the number one pick..

    Btw Kiper doesn’t list any of the top QB’s coming out this year as Franchise QB’s.. Take that for what it’s worth..

  4. Wombat Says:

    First time since 1976 (the expansion year) we have the chance to go 0-8 at home. Well done Lovie, you are setting all sorts of records!!

  5. SteveK Says:

    Schiano would be in the playoffs with the Bucs this year. Lovie has been twice as bad, potentially after today

  6. DallasBuc Says:

    Glennon is not good but at least starting him over McCown sends the message that you are trying to win football games. Hiring and starting McCown sends the opposite message.

  7. Soggy Says:

    I am more anxious to see this last game than I was about seeing the first game of the regular season.. I hope VJ and Evans get their few yards for their 1000 yard stat and the bucs lose for the number one spot in the draft.. That will be a nice way to close this great season.. Hey at least we are not 0-16 and that was a real possibility..

  8. bucrightoff Says:

    Glennon saved Lovie from the single season franchise record for losses because without Pittsburgh it’s a 1-15 team. So in a lot of ways Glennon might have cost us getting Lovie fired right away. Too bad.

  9. Phillip Says:

    Being in the playoffs is exactly what this team doesn’t need.. We need talent(and coaching) and we lack alot of it.

  10. Lovethepewter Says:


    Nothing is the answer. Kipers opinion is worth nothing. And you have a typo. His name is spelt Winston. Not Mariota.

  11. JVNootz Says:

    Just to note : our two wins the defense played like a Lovie D is supposed to. If you want the team to lose (I don’t) then you’d better be more concerned of the defense coming out strong. Saints O is not what it used to be and Bree’s has had trouble this year in some of his stronger areas. Granted, McCown could blow it as he did numerous times this year, including last week where the Bucs D limited Green Bay.

  12. Seminole Bill Says:

    Joe – puh-lease. Can you really see Glennon trying to run away from the level of pressure the other teams have put on our QB the last half of the season. Glennon would get slaughtered. Give McCown credit for getting back up off the ground; Glennon would have been crushed.

  13. Casual Observer Says:

    I think Joe’s right on this call.

  14. Stu Laake Says:

    As a McCown supporter 🙁 it is amazing how things work themselves out in the end…

  15. Pete 422 Says:

    Please lose today….

  16. Phillip Says:

    Ya I’ll take the kid who can act like a pro QB and doesn’t throw for 17 picks in a season(with 2 games left potentially to play) in College mind you…

    So no I DON’T have a typo.. Also haven’t heard from other draft guys saying they are franchise capable QB’s in this class.. I’m still all for drafting Mariota if we can surround him with the correct OC.

    Hmm someone else used the word spelt instead of spelled… Don’t let lightningbuc see that or you won’t hear the end of it..

  17. ruggyup Says:

    Uh Phillip, I believe spelt may be just a misspell for smelt which is a grungy fish favored by Northern folk who love the simple life. And simple? A demolition expert could be hired to vaporize One Buc Place in about 30 seconds.

  18. Senor Mofo Says:

    Marcus Mariota would crush it in a Marty Mornhinwheg offense. Make it happen, Glazers. Leave no more offensive decisions to Lovie. Ever.

  19. mac Says:

    Hey Joe, the Colts started Curtis Painter at QB and kept Clyde Christensen as their offensive coordinator during their “suck for Andrew Luck” campaign…

    You don’t see any similarities this year with the Bucs?

    They stayed with McCown when it was obvious he was insufficient and they kept Marcus Arrayo at OC when they had plenty of opportunity to bring in more experienced offensive coaching or consultants…

    I believe they are tanking for Winston…

    Lovie new he had a “free year” his first year why not use it to grab a true franchise QB that he never had in Chicago?

  20. Senor Mofo Says:


    It won’t be Lovie’s decision. But even it is, why do you think he would take Winston over Mariota?

    Lovie has openly stated that he believes you need an athletic QB in today’s NFL. He has publicly gushed over McCown’s athleticism. Lovie would absolutely cream his Twinkie over a QB like Mariota.

    But it doesn’t matter. This decision will not be Lovie’s to make anyway.

  21. OB Says:

    I am with you on the deactivation of Glennon but I would have Gilkey as the backup QB. He was the backup center and never played it a game anywhere, why not backup QB?

    What say you Joe?

  22. mac Says:

    @ senor moto

    Winston is also “athletic” he is just a better pocket passer then Mariota so he does not have to run as much… Also Oregon runs the read option… Mariota won’t last one season if he tries to run as much as he is in college…

    However, that’s neither here nor there… Weather its Mariota or Winston I believe the Bucs decided to “scuttle the season” after the 50 point Atlanta ass whipping…

    Why do you believe that it won’t be Lovie’s decision? I completly disagree… I believe its Lovie’s choice all the way… Licht is just there to do the paperwork…

    Trust me… Lovie is running every aspect of this shit show…

    Go Bucs!!!

  23. Buccfan37 Says:

    McCown, just do it. Do what you do best, and that aint winning.

  24. Sapp, STFU Says:

    Glazers will ultimately decide which QB they are allowed to pick. After this shit show season, they’re putting the guide rails up on the Lovie/Licht bowling lane.

  25. Bucnut2 Says:

    Joe, Great post!

  26. Connor Says:

    Lovie = an absolute disgrace

  27. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “The Right Call At Quarterback — Finally!”

    Joe, you scared the poop out of me with that title. I was afraid Glennon was starting. It would be just like him to win one game, and this be it.

  28. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Phillip Says
    ” Also haven’t heard from other draft guys saying they are franchise capable QB’s in this class.”

    That’s because it isn’t near the draft yet. That will change in the coming months.

    Mariota’s lack of picks is impressive. But if Winston did not have off the field issues, would he be your choice?

    That’s the question I’ve been asking myself.

  29. Howard Cosell Says:

    Like many here Howard was terrified by the title.
    Starting the Cannon would be draft-pick suicide.
    Go McCown!
    Go Bucs!

  30. BuccoDav Says:

    Just curious, Joe…
    To whom did you lobby hard? Those of us who can do nothing about it, or to the coaching staff? Or perhaps the administration?

  31. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    Josh could get us a loss even by getting his 2nd win!

  32. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Yes if the goal all season has been to tank then Lovie’s stubborn refusal to play Glennon save for the few games McCown was hurt has achieved the desired results. Off topic but for all the anti-Glennon banter he has looked far more NFL worthy than Pineapple MCCown, Johnny Hamstring, or Connor Shaw (yeah I know who cares about Shaw and his first NFL start…that is for the guy who kept posting here all damn summer that we should have drafted Shaw and/or traded Glennon for him…hilarious!)