Can The Bucs Beat Josh McCown?

August 29th, 2015

McCownlaughYou want a preseason test to see if your Buccaneers are a new team in 2015? Here you go.

In comes journeyman Josh McCown and the Browns tonight. McCown is even a little banged up.

Week 3 of the preseason is the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, as teams like to say. It’s one half of real football with first-team players.

McCown stinks. Lovie Smith, the new Bucs defensive playcaller, knows McCown inside and out. So do his starting cornerbacks.

If the Bucs don’t know how to beat career-loser McCown at home, then Joe’s not sure what to say. The Bucs’ first-teamers should at least walk off the field with a tie game tonight at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.

Many Buccaneers have talked about how their pride is a factor this season, wanting to rid the terrible taste of last year from their mouths, that their pride and professionalism was sickened by what happened in 2014.

Well, guys, there would be no greater symbolism than to spank the man who, along with Michael Johnson, helped suck this team into a black hole.

25 Responses to “Can The Bucs Beat Josh McCown?”

  1. Dave Says:

    Don’t be so reserved Joe. The first team should beat the Browns, not walk off in a tie. I say by 10+

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Like any other QB…..we need to put pressure on him….but especially with McCown….the pass rush is key. I expect us to stop their running game which will also help.

  3. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    To modest Joe. McCown better be crying in his postgame interview tonight

  4. BucinNC Says:

    Any word yet on whether they sit Doug? Sit McCoy as well and lvd. Please no one get hurt

  5. Scott Koby Says:

    They are starting all starter’s for the first half a to start the 3rd quarter.

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    I don’t even know who the Browns starting QB is, they shuffle them so much. That AFC North is like the black and blue division, Cleveland generally in the bottom spot like the Bucs after all is said and done. The Browns started out good in 2014 contending in that division before the typical late season swoon. I like the Browns, a team with a proud history, they remind me of the Bucs. The game should be a slugfest. McCown, surprisingly durable for a player over 50, er near 40, aka Lovie’s QB, knows this place and field like the back of his butt. The Bucs pull out the win, I guess.

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Thanks Josh someone had to step into that hitters box and take one for the team. Tonight you get sample of what your efforts were for last season. Lovie unleash them dawgs,bring’em lil pain.

  8. Matts17 Says:

    I get the Josh bashing. He was awful but he didn’t get here by himself. Our awful coach/GM combo brought him here along with every other FA flop.

    Shame on them for not knowing pro personnel better.

  9. Hawk Says:

    I am not familiar with the Browns’ DBs, but let us hope that Jameis can finally get his first NFL passing TD out of the way. If he does not get it this week, I am betting the national media starts a ‘watch’.
    On the other side of the ball, a McCown-lead offense should not be able to even score on Lovies’ defense.
    If the Browns are leading at halftime, I am buying stock in every public-held liquor establishment in the bay area.

  10. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Matt the personnel don’t look so bad now. Kudos Lovie/Licht.

  11. Dick2111 Says:

    Fully expect that every starter will play quite a bit into the early 3rd quarter, but I also expect to see a lot of substitutions on both sides of the ball. I’m sure Lovie wants to see how well many of our ‘depth’ players stack up against the Browns 1st teamers. A lot of cuts on the horizon.

  12. SOEbuc Says:

    Agreed nole on Sat. These two rookie lineman and my ambassador of kwon are looking fresh. And of course we can’t forget about jameis. L&L did much better in year 2

  13. OB Says:

    If we play like Saturday night, this is not a contest. The Bengals have a much better offense and look what happened to them.

  14. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    Just remember, McCown was a key factor in getting Winston.

  15. Ray Rice Says:


    You have been criticized for being passive and soft. Please, please, do as you did Monday and unleash your inner beast again. Don’t hold back sir. Do you recall how you felt Monday after seeing YOUR defense demolish the Ginger Baby? Let’s get that feeling back and beat every last perfect hair off McCowns head. Thank You!

  16. LargoBuc Says:

    Mccown can be a decent game manar. When the defense keeps points off the board and a running game has been good, mccown is okay. But when you need your qb to put the team on his back, you’ll be disapointed.

  17. buc4life1979 Says:

    @Ray Rice
    Thank u sir, WELL SAID.

  18. '74 bucs fan Says:

    I’m with you Ray Rice – let the dogs eat! Go batter McClown into dust. To McClown – thank you for Jameis! Jameis – please show McClown how things are done. Talent is talent – show them what talent looks like please! Go Bucs! Dominate again!

  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I’m with you as well Ray Rice!!! Remember when we used to play “Who let the dogs out” at the stadium. Don’t need to hear that oldie but I sure would like to see us play like we did when that was a hit!!!

    Largo…agree that’s what he was brought here to do. Manage the game until Lovie’s defense could win it. Use his experience to not turnover the ball.

    He was a turnover machine!!! He played WORSE than a rookie. That’s why we were all so peoed that he never gave MG8 a chance. I was never a member of the MGM but last year was ridiculous.

    There was a lot of love for McCown from our young Bucs, quite impressive. And it’s clear to see that he’s a truly class act. And so it pains me to say this but he did the horrible “C” word. He never even played up to his own limited ability…sadly he choked like a dog out there.

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  21. TheShaz Says:

    If McCown performs like he did in his Chicago days tonite, then we owe him an apology and a cannon ball off the Skyway might look promising.

    It means the offensive woes last season can not be laid at his feet.

    If the Bucs defense pounds on him and the Browns offense like they did Monday. It will at least in my mind and physic put to rest last seasons debacle.

  22. DB55 Says:

    My little league baseball team could beat mccown.

  23. Joseph Mamma Says:

    If making millions of dollars playing for a team at the very pinnacle of the sport makes you a career-loser, where can I sign up?

  24. Tampa Tony Says:

    If McClown leads scoring drives up and down the field this d is in trouble. Hoping for another strong performance tonight

  25. Matts17 Says:

    Nole, what in the world would make you say that? To say the jury is still out on love and licht is an understatement.