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.”
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