Josh McCown met with the local media on Wednesday as the Bucs starting quarterback for the first time since the team’s Week 3 Thursday night game against the Falcons. The 12-year NFL veteran was named the Bucs starter on Tuesday and will be under center when the Falcons come to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.
McCown is happy to get another shot at starting, but has mixed emotions about it coming at Mike Glennon’s expense.
“As a competitor, you want to play no question, but you guys know how I feel about Mike and helping a guy improve and get better,” McCown said. “From that regard, you have mixed emotions. But at the same time as a captain and a player on a 1-7 team, you want to do everything you can to help the team win. If coach says, ‘hey we want you to play,’ then you get excited about the opportunity and go play; and I am. Everyone in there, it’s a locker room full of guys that are really sick of losing. They want to find any way thy can to help them get an edge and win a ball game. We’re all on the same mindset. With that being said, I’m ready to help this team.”
Offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo talked about making the quarterback switch and the comparisons between the two on Wednesday during his weekly offensive press conference.
“I wouldn’t say there’s anything that’s grossly different,” Arroyo said. “Josh’s escape dimension is something that’s stood out in his career. Outside of that, I’ve talked to both of those guys various times and at length that both have intangible skill sets that we like, physically and mentally and now we have to go ahead and continue to get that to where it needs to be. We’ve had flashes of times where we want to be and others where we’ve needed to take more advantage of situations and so, both of those guys have done a great job of preparing no matter which role they were in and they’ll continue to do the same thing. I trust in that.”
McCown know his first two-and-a-half games as starter didn’t go as planned, and he contributed to the early season loses. McCown talked about some things he can learn from those games.
“For me, just off the top of my head, the things I did the first three games – especially the first two where I played the complete game – are the turnovers,” McCown said. “I was really pleased with everything else except for those, the turnovers. I was throwing the ball where I wanted to throw it. I just made bad decisions, and you cant do that. It just happens as a competitor. You don’t want to let plays die; you want to make something happen. You have to find a way to come to a place within yourself where you can think, ‘you know what, I can move on.’ I can trust play calling and all of those things, and think, ‘I can let this play go and move on to the next one.’ And I think I’m at a better place with that now.”
The unselfish McCown said he would have had no problem continuing to take a backseat had the Bucs been more successful since his injury.
“Yeah, there is a part of me that wishes this team was winning ball games,” McCown said. “I’ve said this all along, I love winning and I want to be a part of and organization that wins. It’s not about me. If Mike was winning ball games, I don’t care. I really don’t. That’s what I meant when I said ‘no, I wasn’t expecting it.’ Because I expected after the injury that Mike would take it and run with it, and we would win a lot of ball games.
“For some reason – not completely on Mike – but for some reason or another, we have not done that. That’s my main thing; I just want to win games. Whatever it takes to make that happen, that’s what I want to see happen. I love playing this game and we play to play. Don’t get me wrong on that. An opportunity to play in the National Football League, especially as a starting quarterback – there’s only 32 of those – that’s a special privilege. I’m excited about the opportunity and I won’t take it lightly. Like I said when I started out, I just want to serve our team and help us win a ball game with those guys in a locker room. Whatever it takes for me to do that, whatever role is in, I embrace that and just want to help us win.”
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I hope the Oline holds up for McCown and he does well.
McCown will be a great roll model, and mentor to whoever we draft to replace him next year. Hopefully we get a draft pick for Glennon either in the off season, or draft day.
I’m hoping for the best. Go Bucs!
Lovie spent a year in his basement figuring out who he wanted on his staff, who he wanted to add via free agency, who he wanted in the draft, and THIS is what we have to work with? Embarrassing. I’ll take Glennon over McCown next yr, either as a starter or as a backup if we draft a QB in the first round (who will have a <50% chance of panning out regardless of what we think when we draft him). Meanwhile we'll have a mediocre Center, questionable Tackles, an old Guard… Draft OL this year, DL the next, give whomever is QB something to work with. Otherwise this exercise in futility will continue.
Class act. Other than the bonehead plays when McCown tried to make something happen he played pretty well. But we biased fans like to focus on those. I think we all recognize that the team is much more settled than it was those first few games with McCown under center which should improve his chances to lead the team to victory. I too think he would make an ideal back-up. I’d rather see Glennon get a chance to go to a great team where he doesn’t have to be anything more than he is to win.
Scubog, I couldn’t agree more. Glad someone else sees this. Watched the all 22 of every game this year, and other than the two admittedly terrible interceptions (one against panthers, one against teams), mccown has played pretty well, especially towards the end of games. To be honest, if not for the horrible way the rams game ended, we would have been talking about the way he drove us down the field for a game winning field goal with no timeouts.
Glennon, as much as I have tried to force myself to like him, has gotten away with a lot of terrible throws due to his receivers making difficult catches, and a lot of defenders dropping easy interceptions. He has done some good things, bit the Cleveland game was the last straw for me. Held the ball too long, erratic accuracy down the field…. Hard to argue with lovie on this one, to be honest. I think it’s ridiculous to say Glennon can’t be an above average NFL qb, but he isn’t ready to take that step now, which is exactly what lovie said at the beginning of the year. Glennon had his chances to prove he was ready, and he failed. Hopefully mccown steps up and can be the stop gap we hoped he could be for a couple years, because mariota and Winston aren’t the answer if you ask me
If McCown throws no picks and has no strip fumbles, plus a few 3rd down conversions, we win!
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