Finally, McCown turns tears into triumph

by Gary Shelton on November 19, 2014 · 1 comment

in Tampa Bay Bucs

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Somewhere beyond the tears, somewhere on the other side of the fire, we have learned something about the quarterback-for-now.

Somewhere in the middle, we have learned there is something to like about Josh McCown, after all.

No, he is not everything you want in a quarterback. He is not young, and his arm is not a gift from the gods, and tomorrow does not belong to him. He is still the man who has ridden a dozen benches, a man who has spent most of his career watching other men play. The Hall of Fame will still charge him admission.

Still, there is a likable quality to McCown, to his leadership, to his openness. And if he can perform the way he performed on Sunday, he will do. For now.

Against the Redskins, McCown was finally the quarterback the Bucs had promised us he would be. He was poised, and he was accurate, and he wasn’t afraid to heave it downfield. And he won, which is no small matter in a season where Buc quarterbacks have had a chore when it came to doing that.

This time, it looked good. McCown hit 15 of 23 passes for 288 yards, and his quarterback rating was a glistening 137.5, far and away his best of the year. He threw touchdowns of 36 yards and 56 yards.

Yeah, that was the guy Lovie Smith was telling everyone about.

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Chris G Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning November 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

If Tampa plays like we did last Sunday, IMHO we can play with any team in the NFL.
It is said that McCown and Evans made up one TD play, in the Huddle!
Evans made sure McCown knew that the Redskins were only using a Linebacker to cover him!

Honestly, I was a Mike Glennon guy, and seriously questioned why Lovie brought McCown in. But I can see why now. McCown is the leader of Men that Glennon is not.

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