The Battle of the McCowns may never come to fruition on an NFL field after all.
Despite Sunday’s game between Tampa Bay and New Orleans holding no postseason implications for either team, Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to be under center, head coach Sean Payton said.
“Absolutely,” Payton said during his Wednesday phone interview with Tampa Bay media memebers. “All of our guys are playing. Like I said, our approach to this game would be much like we needed to win this game. All of our guys will be a full go.”
New Orleans’ backup at the quarterback position is Luke McCown, younger brother of Bucs signal caller Josh McCown. Big brother (35 years old) mentioned the possibility of squaring off against little brother (33 years old) during his weekly “Bucs Total Access” radio show Tuesday. While Josh McCown said it would be exciting for them and their family, the team’s still preparing for and expecting to see No. 9 in black and gold Sunday.
Luke McCown has been a second-stringer throughout the majority of his 11 years in the league that includes a four year stretch (2005-08) in Tampa Bay. He started three games during that span and they all came during the Bucs’ last playoff season in 2007. His game action has dropped off precipitously of late, having thrown just one regular-season pass in the past three years. That was an incompletion last season.
Unless Payton decides to change his mind mid-game, Bucs defenders will continue preparing for another meeting with Brees. Tampa Bay lost the first rendition at New Orleans in overtime in Week 5, as the All-Pro threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns on 35 of 57 passing. Bucs defenders did pick Brees off three times, however; marking the most interceptions he’s tossed all season.