What to Make of Josh McCown
Josh McCown has been a career backup until last season when Jay Cutler went down and he was tasked with filling and keeping the Chicago Bears afloat in the NFC South. McCown did a fantastic job and because of that he was rewarded with a two year contract and the starting job in Tampa Bay with former Bears coach Lovie Smith. In eight games last season McCown completed 66% of his passes for over 1,800 yards with 13 touchdowns and only one interception. What Josh McCown will we see in 2014, the same as last year or the Josh McCown that bounced around the league as a backup since entering the league in 2002.
Tampa Bay has some decent offensive weapons at McCown’s disposal in wide receivers Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans, to go along with premier running back Doug Martin. I’m not convinced McCown is going to become the quarterback we saw in 2013, maybe in flashes but not as the full time starter for the Bucs. Jeff Tedford is now the offensive coordinator under Lovie Smith for the Bucs, running a different offensive scheme from what McCown ran in Chicago last season.
If McCown can show the same fluidity of the offense in Tampa as he had in Chicago, with the Bucs offensive weapons, the sky is the limit. I tend to believe McCown will drop back to his mediocre play without Marc Trestman and the Chicago offense leading the way. Trestman has proven to be able to make an ordinary quarterback play extraordinary withing his style of play. McCown may be able to fill in as a stop gap situation throughout the season, but should not be relied on heavily.
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