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    • blind melon

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      http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000356596/article/making-the-leap-no-25-buccaneers-josh-mccownWhy McCown is on the listA career backup who was working as a volunteer high school coach after falling out of the league in 2010 and 2011, McCown produced an unlikely Indian Summer season under the golden touch of Bears coach Marc Trestman in 2013.McCown generated a passer rating over 90.0 in all seven games in which he saw extensive action as Jay Cutler's backup in Chicago. He finished the season on top of ESPN's Total QBR and drew comparisons to Peyton Manning and Tom Brady for a two-month span that exceeded any similar stretch of Cutler's career.When I went back and studied all 224 of McCown's passes, what first jumped out was his excellent pocket awareness, escapability and willingness to hang in and take hits while still delivering accurate strikes down the field. In his first month under center, McCown made more plays while being hit than Matt Schaub has pulled off in his last 20 games.Typical of most 11-year veterans, McCown went through his reads and showed impressive ball placement and timing. Atypical of aging quarterbacks, McCown also demonstrated uncanny athleticism, improvisational skills and a willingness to attempt difficult throws in traffic.As soon as he was within striking distance of the red area, McCown was aggressively attacking the end zone, exploiting mismatches granted by the size and athleticism of Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett.In short, McCown was spectacular in a half-season sample size.Which raises the obvious question: Hasn't he already made the leap?If that is the case, the NFL didn't take notice. Despite dramatically outplaying Schaub last season, McCown received a lesser contract. Schaub is essentially being paid as a second-tier starter for 2014 while McCown is earning borderline backup money in Tampa.No team was willing to reward McCown as if he will repeat the success he enjoyed with Trestman. We believe he will.ObstaclesThe McCown skepticism has centered on four factors: his age (35 in July); his lack of success over a decade of NFL experience; how he will function outside of Trestman's offense; and whether he can succeed without the best wide-receiver duo in football.The age isn't a major hindrance, as evidenced by the success of older quarterbacks, such as Manning, Brady and Drew Brees. His inability to hold down a starting job might be attributable to the dysfunctional nature of the organizations for which he toiled early in his career. If accuracy and arm strength were concerns at earlier stops, those were mitigated by the catch radii of the Bears power forwards hauling in his passes.McCown won't be taking Trestman with him, but he does have the benefit of noted quarterback guru Jeff Tedford. The Buccaneers also heeded McCown's advice in copying the Bears' blueprint at wide receiver and tight end.They will need rookies Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins to shorten the NFL learning curve if McCown is going to truly make the leap as the quarterback solution for the next few seasons.2014 expectationsThe light goes on for different players at different stages in their careers. Rich Gannon was a 36-year-old journeyman quarterback without a single season over 60 percent on completions when Trestman helped to ignite his career with the Raiders last decade.A phenomenal athlete (see 1:05 through 1:58 in this video), McCown shares many of the same traits that helped Gannon to four Pro Bowl appearances in his mid-30s.It bodes well for McCown's chances that he outplayed Cutler despite receiving fewer practice reps in Trestman's system.He's not going to repeat last year's 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio, 66.5 percent completion rate, 9.1 yards per attempt and 109.0 passer rating without Trestman and the Bears' bullying wide-receiver corps.It's fair to expect McCown to hold off Mike Glennon all season, though. Coach Lovie Smith already has anointed the grizzly veteran as his quarterback while Tedford and position coach Marcus Arroyo have been downright effusive in praise of his influence and leadership after just a few offseason practices.If Evans and Seferian-Jenkins play to their potential as rookies, McCown might just follow Gannon's route to the Pro Bowl.

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    • Anonymous

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      If Trestman is the common thread between McCown and Gannon, how much is the Bucs offense under Tedford like Trestman’s? Sounds similar:Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is very happy to be learning a new offense that is designed to limit sacks.New head coach Marc Trestman has implemented his offense, which focuses on pass protection and getting the ball out of the quarterback’s hands quickly.“You get rid of the ball,” said Cutler, who has been sacked 148 times in 56 games with the Bears. “You’re not back there going through reads. It’s quick. It’s just quarterback-friendly.”

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    • Anonymous

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      Cautiously optimistic about McCown. I do believe he will be good enough to get us to 7-8 wins, I’m not positive he can get us beyond that. I think it all hinges on how good a coach Tedford turns out to be and how fast the offensive line/recievers come together.

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    • Anonymous

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      It’s fair to expect McCown to hold off Mike Glennon all season, though.Uh oh.

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    • Anonymous

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      It's fair to expect McCown to hold off Mike Glennon all season, though.Uh oh.

      There goes the neighborhood  - - let the Glennon debate begin . . . . ughlol

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    • Anonymous

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      Lots of rookies and a completely new offense.  I’m optimistic but usually this recipe takes a little while to work. 

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    • Anonymous

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      My sleeper in fantasy football.

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    • Anonymous

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      Hopefully, this Chris Wesseling leaves the Bucs alone…http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000290006/article/mike-glennon-tops-making-the-leap-list-for-week-13

      1. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbackGlennon completed 62 of 88 passes (70.5 percent) for 785 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception for a 119.7 passer rating en route to Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for November. Glennon, the first rookie in NFL history to throw one touchdown pass in his first eight games, is saving his head coach's job.

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    • Anonymous

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      Hopefully, this Chris Wesseling leaves the Bucs alone...http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000290006/article/mike-glennon-tops-making-the-leap-list-for-week-13

      1. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbackGlennon completed 62 of 88 passes (70.5 percent) for 785 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception for a 119.7 passer rating en route to Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for November. Glennon, the first rookie in NFL history to throw one touchdown pass in his first eight games, is saving his head coach's job.

      Regardless of what is reported by any outlet there will be a full blown QB competition in the pre-season. 

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    • brycen54

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      “Regardless of what is reported by any outlet there will be a full blown QB competition in the pre-season.”That's the way it should be and what I'd like to see, but nothing coming from you can be considered credible.

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    • Anonymous

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      Bucs GM Jason Licht said he had conversations with the Cardinals around the draft regarding QB Mike Glennon.according to the twitter account of Mike Jurecki.Ultimately, the Bucs decided to keep Glennon after putting him on the trade block. They claim that's because they had a change of heart, but it's also possible that they simply weren't satisfied with compensation. Regardless, it's further confirmation that there's no real quarterback "battle" in Tampa -- Josh McCown is their starter. Meanwhile, the Cardinals drafted 34-year-old Carson Palmer's possible successor in fourth-round pick Logan Thomas.

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    • Anonymous

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      Bucs GM Jason Licht said he had conversations with the Cardinals around the draft regarding QB Mike Glennon.according to the twitter account of Mike Jurecki.Ultimately, the Bucs decided to keep Glennon after putting him on the trade block. They claim that's because they had a change of heart, but it's also possible that they simply weren't satisfied with compensation. Regardless, it's further confirmation that there's no real quarterback "battle" in Tampa -- Josh McCown is their starter. Meanwhile, the Cardinals drafted 34-year-old Carson Palmer's possible successor in fourth-round pick Logan Thomas.

      A 3rd for Glennon would have been a much better route than a 4th on Thomas.  Good job Cards.

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    • Anonymous

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      When you listen to the interview, it paints a different picture…http://www.foxsports910.com/media/podcast-the-drive-featured-interviews-interviews/610-jason-licht-24883932/

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    • Anonymous

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      When you listen to the interview, it paints a different picture...http://www.foxsports910.com/media/podcast-the-drive-featured-interviews-interviews/610-jason-licht-24883932/

      Can you enlighten those of us who cant listen to it at work? 

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    • Anonymous

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      Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht told FOX Sports 910 in Arizona that he had conversations with Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim, who was Licht’s boss in Arizona, about a deal for Glennon, but that Tampa wasn’t interested in dealing away the player.

      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/11/cards-inquired-about-mike-glennon-before-draft/

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    • brycen54

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      The national view certainly seems to be much different than the board view.

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    • Anonymous

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      The national view certainly seems to be much different than the board view.

      Like you would know. You don't have "inside sources". Lol.

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    • Anonymous

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      The national view certainly seems to be much different than the board view.

      True

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    • Anonymous

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      Idk if I want to go through what the raiders did with Gannon.Bust ass to get to the bowl, only to have a real defense beat his ass.

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    • Anonymous

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      Idk if I want to go through what the raiders did with Gannon.Bust ass to get to the bowl, only to have a real defense beat his ass.

      Umm...I'll gladly take trip to the Superbowl.

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    • Anonymous

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      Idk if I want to go through what the raiders did with Gannon.Bust ass to get to the bowl, only to have a real defense who knew his every play beat his ass.

      Fixed it for you.  (Sorry - bored)

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    • Anonymous

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      Idk if I want to go through what the raiders did with Gannon.Bust ass to get to the bowl, only to have a real defense who knew his every play beat his ass.

      Fixed it for you.  (Sorry - bored)

      Sorry to disagree, but that defense was so badass, it wouldn't matter if they did or didn't know.Hell, the defense was putting up more points than the offense in some cases.

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    • Anonymous

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      I’ll never forget the moment I found out we were underdogs in that game. I always hate to bet on my team but this one was a slam dunk.  No team was beating us after what we did in Philadelphia.

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