Bucs quarterback Josh McCown stood in front of his locker on Wednesday and was asked about the Bucs still being in the playoff race. McCown, who was smiling, said he is surprised as anyone that despite a 2-9 record, his team is still in the thick of things after Atlanta and New Orleans lost over the weekend.
“It’s crazy, nobody in our division expected to be where we’re all sitting right now,” McCown said. ” And it’s unfortunate but the reality of our division right now is it’s still up for grabs and we’re not in a favorable position but we’re not out.
“And so you don’t want it to come like this or with this kind of record but at the same time, you want to be playing meaningful games in November and December so hopefully we can continue to put ourselves in a position to do that. And that’s the key. Our approach would be no different if we had won every game.”
McCown said the team’s approach has to be, just one game at a time.
“This week we’re just trying to beat Cincinnati,” McCown said. “And that’s what approach would be. Nothing would change and the way we’re working would not change. That’s where we are, we’re two games out of it. Crazy things happen in this league and for us we have to worry about what we can control and that’s taking care of Cincinnati this week. You would never ever plan for it to go like this, but you then realize, I don’t know when a 2-9 team has made it to the playoffs, so you stand kind of on the cusp of doing something that maybe’s never been done before and that’s a pretty cool thing to do.
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 email@example.com