Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown easily had his best day of the season in last Sunday’s 27-7 win over the Redskins in Washington, going 15-of-23 for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Just as impressive – and maybe even more so – was no turnovers, something that has plagued the 12-year veteran in his previous four starts.
“That is how I felt in Atlanta, until the red zone, that last interception,” McCown said. “I felt like that the whole game, felt just like I did this past Sunday. I don’t know that I felt that way the first few games. So yes that is how I envisioned and how I felt when I was playing last year. I felt (calmer) and understood. I think Marcus (Arroyo) and I are on the same page with the plan and just where he is at as a playcaller. That brought me a lot of peace. And yes that is obviously more of what I envisioned and what everybody did.”
Offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo also talked out the McCown that was on display last week in Washington and said he expected McCown to play well.
“No, not surprised,” Arroyo said. “If you look at last year and what he did, that body of work when he was given a chance, that was pretty impressive. Really impressive when you break it down. Again, we’ve talked about it before, I think he’s capable of doing that game and that was a great game last week. We’re going to try to find away to do that again and again. Not turn the ball over, take care of it – and this is for all of us, whoever is at quarterback – take care of the ball, manage situations, manage the edges and flows of the game and put us in position to be successful. And then go out there, play fast and not have to think and he did a great job obviously.
“(He did a) really great job of seeing things. We had a good plan and he did a great job with protections. We spend a lot of time on protections. That’s the key in what we believe in. Protecting the quarterback at this level is huge and knowing how to pick that up. And when I day protection, you’re not blocking it, but you’re trying to do as much as you can scheme wise to figure out how to get it blocked up. They showed us everything. They showed us everything right out of the gate. From safeties to linebackers, every element of pressure, they threw the whole bag at us early. Everyone from offensive line to backs to quarterbacks to wideouts knowing where the ball’s going to go did a really nice job. We’ll continue to grow on that and he (McCown) did a really nice job.”
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 protected]
I hope we’ve seen the worst of McCown and the Skins’ game will be his new normal. We’ll compete well the rest of the way (except against the Cheeseheads)…..Keep is up Josh.
As a Die Hard Buc fan from the early days. The younger fans should appreciate this performance on both sides of the board. Its been a long time coming. Oh if Tampa does have a top 2 or 3 no. pick I would hands down pick the no#1 QB in the draft. But if we are sitting at no#4 I would get the 2nd best lineman on Def or Offense in the draft or trade down example with Cleveland for there two no#1’s. Tampa could really get well in a hurry. I also would select a QB in the 2nd or 3rd Round. Lets see how they do sunday in chicago. I feel two in a row coming on strong. GO Bucs
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