Bucs quarterback, Josh McCown spoke to members of the media on Wednesday, addressing different areas of concern on the offensive side of ball. Discussing what positive aspects they can take into Sunday’s game vs. St Louis, McCown spoke of last week’s fourth quarter where Tampa Bay scored 14 points as an area the Bucs need to start out with this week.
“I think to start with how we finished the game, as far as offensively,” McCown said. “The last few drives we had with the touchdowns; we need to take from those situations when we were moving the ball, and build on that. We need to takeaway those things that gave us rhythm and put us in a comfort zone to play efficiently (this Sunday).”
McCown also talked about the importance of having offensive coordinator, Jeff Tedford and his vision back. Although he was quick to credit the offensive coaches for “pulling the weight,” he believes that having the offensive coordinator back will help continuity.
“It will be good to get him back,” McCown said. “Obviously, he’s the leader of our offense, so to have him around helps us. From Day One, his vision of where our offense wants to go has been the vision because he’s the coordinator. When you remove that person, a little bit of that is lost. Everybody did a great job of picking up the pieces, but there’s a reason why he’s there and it will certainly be good to have him back.”
Finally, McCown spoke of how critical this game is to avoid an 0-2 start, let alone another home loss. To establish a winning environment, you have to prove you can do it on Sunday’s.
“Everyone of them is critical, and you know how important that last one was for us,” McCown said. “We wanted to get that one, as you would want to get every single one of them. We absolutely have to get this one, and establish how were going to win football games and learn how we’re going to win football games. That’s all part of the process, and this week is a great time to get started.”
When asked about his own mistakes, which were two costly interceptions, McCown fully took the blame and is eager to get back on the field.
“I’m looking forward to it”, McCown said. “I don’t think anyone is more ready to get out there than I am. I’m ready to play after the way we finished the game on Sunday, and for myself personally just having the bad taste in my mouth from those two plays. I’m ready to go and get after these guys.”
The Rams come in after a blowout loss against the Vikings, and while there is uncertainty at quarterback, McCown and the Bucs offense will certainly not overlook the playmakers on the Rams defense line, fully knowing that the ball must be out quickly.
“Robert Quinn is Robert Quinn; the guy is really good, McCown said. “It absolutely (your clock) has to speed up. It’s an adjustment, but it’s something that you have to think about and really plan throughout the week. If you can do that (throw quick), you can give yourself a great opportunity to move and take care of the football, putting yourself in great position.”
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That moron really believes it was only two plays that he sucked?
Smh, we’re boned.
McCown is the Buc I want to see play well Sunday more than anyone else. We need him, there is no other viable option on the team. News Flash: Bucs sign Tim Tebow! (as team chaplain).
Tebow would play better. Mccown shouldn’t be in the league.
With that moron running the offense- we have no hope of winning game(s).
If the defense doesn’t do it’s job, we will lose this next game too. Even if they do, probably will lose anyway. As long as mcclown is starting, we’ll have a laughingstock offense.
I see McCown for what he is – a game manager…he’s not a 13Td to 1 INT guy (that was a fluke) – but we can win games with him if he cuts down the turnovers…it won’t be pretty, we won’t be scoring 35 per game, but we can be the late 90’s Bucs this year…I still much prefer the game manager over last year’s debacle…but I admit the game manager is not exactly a long-term solution…we need to draft a QB next year…big time!
Just to reiterate how we can win with McCown: in 1998 we averaged less than 20 ppg and won 8 games; in 1999 we averaged less than 17 ppg (including winning one 6-3) and won 11 games….we need to win with our defense, which may not quite be at the late 90’s level, but isn’t that far away talent-wise.
and for those two years I’d love to hear the ppg after taking out defensive scores. HAHA, it’s probably MUCH lower.
Don’t bring your Red Board nastiness out here into the articles. Yeah McCown underwhelmed, yeah he NEEDS to play better this game; but you could stop being the queen of embellishment and just say what you think needs to happen.
How about you thrown the ball on time? Then you won’t need to take needless sacks or throw ridiculous looking INTs from the grasp.
Yes McCown has to play much better. Saying it and doing it consistently is another thing. He needs to have a good game because it just gets tougher the following week. I hope he shows the Rams that he has a deep ball and isn’t concerned about showing them every now and then to keep them honest. Go Bucs!
This is a winnable game for the kind of expectations we had this year (8-8). This is a must win game for the players, coaching staff and the owner and failure to do so may lead to second guessing of our philosophies and loss of confidence in key players and system.
From a fan’s perspective however, I hope that not only we win, but McCown looks good doing it. If he has a highly efficient game against a good defense, the spirits of the whole offense will be lifted and should a shootout ensue against the Falcons on Thursday Night, Bucs offense will be somewhat ready.
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