Recent the Buccaneers have made a huge splash in Free agency as everyone knows. Signing some much needed components that the team needed. Linemen, defensive backs, and really trimmed the fat of the team. One of the more controversial signings was former Bears quarterback Josh McCown. Josh McCown had been labeled a career backup, never really playing enough time to see what he had, and games he did play he did mediocre. Then 2013 came, Cutler went down, in goes McCown many didn't expect what came next as McCown dazzled with his arm. McCown had a 13-1 Touchdown to interception ratio, one of the bests in the league, but he only posted a 3-2 record. Many critics complain, while some people say Josh McCown is a great addition.
McCown could be a great addition, but is there really enough reasons to peg him as the key to the Bucs future? McCown has been in the league for going on twelve years, and nothing has ever really surfaced about him. He was always that backup everyone just kind of knew. Then one good season, and BAM he's amazing. The NFL has a tendency to do this with mediocre players, have one good season and then they have these unrealistic expectations. Go back and look at McCown's stats and game logs throughout the year, the reason he had such a great year was because the defenses he was playing. He played the three worst passing defenses in the league, and other lowly pass defenses such as Green Bay, and Detroit. Heck the best pass defense he played was Baltimore. Sure McCown was the man this year, but the weakness of the schedule concerns his critics, he diced up teams he should have diced up.
Another major problem with McCown is his lucky plays. Off of the few short films I have of Josh McCown he has some major "Brett Favre" attributes. No Josh McCown is no Brett Favre, which is why this is a problem. When Brett Favre used to chuck and pray he would more often than not, get into trouble. So when Josh McCown has alot of big plays from just simply throwing a duck and praying it makes fans nervous. Sure the Bucs have Vjax, but sometimes your luck just runs out. There are 3 or so touchdowns that were plain luck. McCown chucks the ball into coverage and the receiver somehow rips it away. That is not something you want to constantly see. Sure it's great every once in a while, but you don't see the greats; Manning, Brady, Rodgers just throwing the ball carelessly into coverage hoping for the best. It won't always work.
Now for the positives, Josh McCown knows how to manipulate defenses. Watching his film you can truly tell he's a seasoned passer and has the skills to win. He often looks off defenders, and knows how to use his eyes. His knowledge for each play is remarkable, he knows where his receiver will be and when. McCown also knows (most of the time) when to pass it to your checkdown. His offense was designed to hit short crossing routes, and alot of them. He has good decision making when under pressure and knows when and when not to throw into coverage ( sometimes ).
Watching his film you can also tell McCown has amazing pocket presence. He knows when to shift up in the pocket, he knows how to use his line, he is just great. Often times he could expand plays with his legs, slipping out of tackles and rolling out. McCown also demonstrated he could tuck it and run, McCown had thirteen carries for seventy yards and a touchdown. McCown's feet is a great asset, this combined with his natural talents show why he can be a great quarterback. He is already better than Glennon and can even teach him a thing or two. Glennon never had a veteran to learn from so this could turn out to be great, or awful... I think this will turn out so so, not great but not awful.
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