A day after the being released by the Buccaneers, a move that caught some by surprise, former Bucs quarterback Josh McCown told Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune that he wasn’t too shocked by his release.
“I’ve been around this business long enough to have learned there are no surprises,’’ McCown told Cummings by phone on Thursday. “You understand the ramifications of being the quarterback of a team that went 2-14 and obviously the direction they went with a few of the coaches, this is just a part of that.’’
McCown didn’t come anywhere close to duplicating his 2013 magical relief role in Chicago where he threw 13 touchdowns and just once interception in place of an injured Jay Cutler.
Last year,in 11 starts, McCown was 184 of 327 passes (56.3 percent) for 2,206 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His 70.5 passer rating was one of the worst in the league.
Many assumed McCown would be brought back, even at a reduced salary, to help mentor a new quarterback, a position the Bucs are expected to address in April’s NFL Draft, but McCown said that was never an option.
“There’s no need to get into that,’’ McCown said. “Lovie called me yesterday and we talked through it and that was it. And I really appreciate the manner in which they did it because, a lot of teams, when they have your rights, they can drag it out for as long as they want.
“Sometimes they’ll drag it out all through the offseason, but they didn’t do that and I appreciate that they let me go so early in the offseason because now I can plan accordingly and move forward and do what’s best for me and my family. I appreciate how it happened.’’
McCown told Cummings he has already had some interest from other teams, although he said he is far from making any decisions on 2015 .
“As those situations come up we’ll sift through them,’’ McCown said. “The thing is, it’s just such an honor. I mean, this is the greatest league in the world and if one of those teams calls you that’s a cool thing. So we’ll respect every call we get and see what it takes us.
“I’m just sorry that it didn’t work out there and that I wasn’t able to pull us out of it and do a better job in a tough situation. It’s a great place to play and the fans are great. I just hate more than anything that we didn’t get it done for the team, for Lovie and for the fans.’’
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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