Ryan Fitzpatrick > Josh McCown

January 17th, 2015

josh mccown 0920Is there anyone paying attention who thinks Harvard man and veteran Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t a significantly better player than Josh McCown?

So shouldn’t the Bucs consider replacing McCown with Fitzpatrick? Heck, Fitzpatrick won six games as a starter last season and earns a lot less than McCown.

NFL stats guru Mike Sando at BSPN.com is making an argument that Fitzpatrick would be a fantastic acquisition for the Jets.

In fact, Sando rolled out a graphic that places Fitzpatrick in the same league as decent NFL starters, and he said Fitzpatrick “is a guy any team would love to have in its quarterback meeting room.”

2010-14 QB Comparison

McCown can only dream about what it would be like to throw 102 TDs in five years.

That graphic sure is especially interesting considering Fitzpatrick is coming off what many consider his best season, however, the Texans seem ready to make Ryan Mallet their quarterback of the future. It’s been speculated that Fitzpatrick could be had for a seventh-round pick, if he’s not released.

The Bucs will need a fantastic “bridge quarterback” for Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. There’s fierce disagreement in the ranks of JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters, where some believe McCown is perfect for that role, and others can’t imagine any sane organization would settle for McCown after watching him play like a rookie and cry last season.

If McCown doesn’t take a pay cut, then he’ll be earning $5.25 million next season, $2 million more than Fitzpatrick. It’s hard to believe he’s worth the extra money.

38 Responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick > Josh McCown”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    what QB is < McCown should be the question.

    How can any QB, rookie or not look at McClown and take anything he says seriously!

  2. OB Says:

    Interesting idea having Fitzpatrick, Glennon, and the new guy, I could go for this because McCown is not there and he could not be sent in by Lovie.

  3. Dean Says:

    I still say we bring in Matt Hasselbeck. he is a very experienced QB, who would be a great mentor for a young QB, just as he has been for Andrew Luck.

    He still has the smarts and talent to win a few games, while teaching young Winston the ropes and the inside knowledge.

  4. Senor Mofo Says:

    We don’t need a “bridge quarterback.”

    We are a 2-14 team and haven’t had a franchise QB in 39 years. We haven’t been able to muster 400 points a season in 39 years.

    We will draft Mariota or Winston, start him, and never look back.

  5. JonBuc Says:

    Fitz is smarter, less jittery and better overall than McCown. Would be a better stop-gap if needed. McCown will simply reek of the 2-14 2014 season. Peace out as Kip Dynamite would say.

  6. Luther Says:

    I like McCown on this team. He’s not a dependable QB but he embraces the role as a teacher and I would prefer Winston learning from him.

  7. BFFL Says:

    This team needs the coast guard because they already drove off the bridge.

  8. Bawlmerbucfan Says:

    Fitzpatrick’s beard would NOT do well in the Tampa heat. Let the Jets have him. We’ve made enough mid-30 quarterback mistakes, we don’t need another.

  9. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    I want Winston on the field ASAP, so I say let’s keep McCown around. Fitzpatrick threw Fitz (pun intended) when he was benched last yr. Don’t need it

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    YO JOE!

    What no, East-West Shrine Game (Live From Da’ Trop) Post!
    C’mon.. thought you was Die Hard Bro!

    Take a deep breath. Joe’s here at the game mingling with the personnel and media types. –Joe

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    On the East squad

    C-Dillion Day
    RG-John Miller
    RT/RG-Jamon Brown

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    A Lot of Buzz about North Dakota State’s running back John Crockett

  13. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Anybody but McCown. Nothing but admiration for his toughness, commitment to team, McCown is a class act but he simply choked too often last year for a Vet

    The entire reason for bringing him in was to establish some poise and that just didn’t happen.

    Love to see the Bucs keep McCown on the coaching staff. He’s one of the really good guys in the league

  14. Jason Licht Says:

    I would rather have Hasslebeck if we were going in that direction. But C’mon people…What QB would have had a good season under the same conditions. McCown is being judged by last year when everything went wrong yet AGAIN for this team. The play calling was being called by a guy who has NEVER called plays. The line sucked….Lovie Tanking….EVERYTHING!!! I’m not saying I think McCown is the guy because he is not, but the QB question is not as big a deal as it’s being made out to be for this team. No QB can be successful under the circumstances McCown played under last season. This team needs an O-line. And again….if our offense clicks for the next two season, it will be time to search for another OC and back to square one.

  15. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Fitz all day. And speaking of FAs this year. Here are a few players I would like to sign. I understand we can’t sign them all, but if we can get a few of them. I feel we would be a lot better as a unit. And that’s not even all the big names that will either be Franchised or sign massive contracts. Even some of these guys will get a nice payday in a couple of months.

    OG Mike Iupati SF, Erik Pears Buf
    RB CJ Spiller Buf, Justin Forsett Bal
    WR Jeremy Maclin Phi
    OT Eric Winston KC

    DE Jerry Hughes Buf, Tyson Alualu Jac
    DT Nick Fairly
    OLB Justin Houston KC, Brandon Graham Phi, Sean Weatherspoon Atl, Bruce Carter Dal
    ILB Rolando McClain Dal, Nate Irving Den
    CB Kareem Jackson Hou, Tramon Williams GB
    S Kendrick Lewis Hou, Nate Allen Phi, Ron Parker KC

  16. MadMax Says:

    @LUV, woke up just in time for the start….also watching WR Tre Mcbride…and John Miller is looking good so far.

  17. Buccfan37 Says:

    Oh, it’s the McCown didn’t have any help to play better crowd and the McCown is a good mentor chimers in who like what McCown has to offer, outside of his results on the field. You are all just admitting Lovie is not likely to let McCown go.

  18. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I would go after Iupati, Hughes, Graham, McClain, Jackson, and Parker. Justin Houston would be awesome. But he will get a huge contract. Iupati could as well but we really need a real Guard. Orlando Franklin or Erik Pears would also be good Guards I would look into. We really need a G, DE, ILB, CB, S. These would be my picks if we could get em to come here and afford them all. We need more than that but this would be a huge upgrade over what we currently have.

  19. NewTampaChris Says:

    These stats are meaningless. All three of these guys have running games that were way better than the Bucs. Fitzpatrick is an interception machine. Trying to decide between him and McCown is like picking death by hanging or by firing squad.

  20. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    WR Tre Mcbride looks solid. Excuse me bro-Back in forth, from the tube -2 the grill.

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Dammmmmmnn D.Lott!!!

  22. MadMax Says:

    I hear ya LUV, hey watch #94 DE from Kentucky Za’Darius Smith, boy is working!

  23. SW Says:

    McCown is gone

    If not Smith would of hired Trestman

  24. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    HELL YES !!!!!!!

  25. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Yeah, I watched a few Kentucky games. Za’Darius Smith’s a good athlete, he just plays down to lower competition. He needs to find his WHY.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This decision will depend on several things…..who is our QB coach?
    Are we trading Glennon?…..Will McCown take a paycut?….Who are we drafting?

    For now…I think a restructured McCown makes sense.

  27. mike atkinson Says:

    This one is for you Frank. First time on this site. After reading the comments, I have one thing to say. The entire lot of you would not make one good idiot. Thanks also to Eric.

  28. DallasBuc Says:

    Trash McStake is the worst QB to ever to intentially start for the Bucs. T mere fact that he remains a Buc to this day prevents me from accepting the legitimacy of this regime. This loser is a disgrace and therefore so are my Bucs.

  29. The only Buc fan in Montana Says:

    McCown would be a great QB coach. I don’t ever want to see him play QB in TB again however. If we’re gonna need a ‘bridge’ QB, what’s wrong with Glennon? He’s here, and he’s cheap…use him to get get eased into the rookie, and trade him next year…probably for the same compensation.

  30. gotbbucs Says:

    “McCown would be a great QB coach” Based on what, his excelent NFL career?

    This whole McCown vs. whatever other QB corpse they can dig up is pointless. Reminds me of the Leftwich vs. the other McCown debate. I think we all agreed after the point that Freeman should have just been put in the fire, so should whoever else gets drafted with the #1 pick.

  31. JFat Says:

    Picking up Fitzpatrick would make as much sense as picking up McCown last off-season. If we’re not going to start our rookie QB, either go with Glennon or McCown. Would be a 5.2 mill cap hit to dump McCown, and then add another 2-4 mill to the cap to sign Fitz… I’d rather the Glazers spent that money elsewhere.

    Any QB we start is going to look bad behind the line we have, FA and draft focus need to be Oline and CB/MLB. (Past the #1 pick.)

  32. JFat Says:

    BTW, Glennon had a better QBR in 2014 than, Cutler, Fitz, Dalton and McCown…

    McCown was really f’n bad tho, about 20 points less than all of them.

  33. cometowin2 Says:

    I don’t think that McCowan has any guaranteed money left. If they cut him, I don’t believe they would owe him anything.

  34. Dooley Says:

    I’d rather start Kafka or Russell Shepard. Fitzpatrick is fine right where he is in Houston where there OL was just as bad as ours in protecting the QB.

  35. JFat Says:

    You’re correct actually cometowin2 — my bad there…i’ll blame it on the alcohol. Hope they just plain cut him then and let the rookie backup Glennon this season.

  36. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    And.. just in case Joe forgot,.. Mike Glennon had a higher Total QBR, than any of those 4 QBs that were compared. The elephant in the room here, is that Mike Glennon is Better, and more qualified to lead a team than Any of those guys!

  37. jbskiff Says:

    Mike Glennon Mob General my ads. Joe you wasn’t any quarterback except Glennon. You are trying to please the dog again. We get rid ofGlenLennon and it will come back and quite us in the ads.On the other hand if you sent going to play him and you don’t trade him that shows bad character but who ever c

  38. Pick6 Says:

    Check Out what happens when you extrapolate Glennon’s stats by 3.5x to approximate ~66 games. The sack numbers are inhumane, but he competes well in the other categories. Best bridge QB may already be on the team if we truly need one, and it isn’t josh.