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Josh McCown in “comfort zone” throwing to big receivers


The Buccaneers signed quarterback Josh McCown as a free agent this offseason based largely on his play for the Bears while Jay Cutler was injured last season.

McCown thrived throwing to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, a pair of tall receivers that win a lot of one-on-one battles with cornerbacks over the course of a season. Coach Lovie Smith said “that was attractive to us” when discussing McCown’s work with the Bears and the Bucs have tried to build their own version of what Chicago has at receiver.

They drafted wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the first two rounds, ¬†adding them to Vincent Jackson to make a trio of targets that are even taller than the Bears duo. McCown has gotten to work with the rookies a bit and says he’s feeling right at home.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was a comfort zone in that,” McCown said, via the Tampa Tribune. “It’s very similar [to the Bears], at least on paper. There’s still a lot of work to do. We have to get out there and (Evans) has to learn the offense and we have to start building together, but it was good.”

The Bucs were quick to name McCown their starter over Mike Glennon after signing him, so it makes sense to build an offense that suits his strengths. If that comfort zone stretches into the season, the Bucs passing offense probably won’t finish 31st in the league again.

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23 Responses to “Josh McCown in “comfort zone” throwing to big receivers”
  1. barsfordays says: May 14, 2014 2:41 PM

    Tampa shouldve signed Mike Vick

  2. h3min1230 says: May 14, 2014 2:41 PM

    Ugh, awful numbers on those jerseys.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 14, 2014 2:41 PM

    There are three passing plays in the Buc’s playbook. Airball right, airball left, and airball deep middle.

  4. bigtganks says: May 14, 2014 2:45 PM

    Those will undoubtedly go down as the most hideous sports jersey of all time.

    I feel like my 80’s alarm clock is going off.

  5. crazycane says: May 14, 2014 2:46 PM

    All they’re missing now is Trestman. Then again with Lovie the offensive guru they should light up the scoreboard like a pinball machine!

  6. mialto says: May 14, 2014 3:06 PM

    Being first a Bears fan, and second a Bucs fan…why is it I have to deal with Lovie all over again??? The man should have nothing to do with the teams offense!

  7. captainstagger says: May 14, 2014 3:09 PM

    It’s Tedfords offense, not Lovie’s.

  8. kmgpop says: May 14, 2014 3:19 PM

    The uniforms look like the producers of the movie “Rollerball” had a yard sale.
    Definitely willing to give this coaching staff a chance considering the last two head coaches…

  9. kaferwerks says: May 14, 2014 3:24 PM

    of course he’s in his comfort zone, big receivers means accuracy is not as critical….

    bucs will finish the season 3rd or 4th in the division this season, mark my words.

    dont believe the hype!

  10. metalhead65 says: May 14, 2014 3:31 PM

    mccown knows it’s not trestman’s offense and that he will not be calling the plays right? and just because he named tedford oc that does not mean he has the green light to run anything other than get off the bus running attack that is the lovie smith offense. how many different ones did he employ with the bears?

  11. newdayintampabay says: May 14, 2014 3:38 PM

    What a great offseason/Draft. The bucs are the favorites to win the division IMO. Best defense all around now since Hardy decided ne an idiot. Now if Carl nicks comes back healthy the line won’t be much of a concern. 10-6 or 11-5 easy. The saints, panthers and falcons secondary can’t match up. I hope Glennon beats out Mccown though he has pure talent

  12. yesser12 says: May 14, 2014 3:42 PM

    They also have some nice speed guys to compliment them.

  13. granadafan says: May 14, 2014 3:43 PM

    Joe Flacco wishes he could have a bunch of tall receivers and who can jump really high.

  14. bassplucker says: May 14, 2014 3:53 PM

    All those years with the Bears that Lovie tried to force fit 5’10 Devin Hester as a #1 WR… Maybe he finally learned something watching the Bears offense finally click during his (paid) year off last season?

  15. cheapglazers says: May 14, 2014 4:03 PM

    OMG! Those terrible jersey numbers!

  16. vdogg says: May 14, 2014 4:10 PM

    The offensive line in Tampa looks like a typical one Lovie maintained in Chicago – terrible. Josh had a few “close my eyes and throw it up for grabs” moments behind a good o-line in Chicago last year, gonna be a different story for him this time around in Tampa. Josh is a great teammate and wish him all the best but be prepared….

  17. earpaniac says: May 14, 2014 4:17 PM

    I like Josh and am glad he had one last chance to get a pretty decent sized contract. But, he will never earn it. If watching Lovie for all those years taught me anything, the man thinks offense only exists to let his defense rest. It won’t matter who the o.c. is, it won’t matter who you think you have on offense, it won’t be pretty to watch. And that line is going to get McKown killed.

  18. jeagan1999 says: May 14, 2014 4:24 PM

    The Bucs are now a matchup nightmare for the rest of the NFC South! 2 – 6’5″ WR’s (Jackson & Evans) who can not only leap, but who both have great hands and run in the 4.5’s (I also like rookie Robert Herron as the “Wess Welker” type of speedy slot guy)…2- TE’s (Jenkins at 6’6″ and Tim Wright at 6’4″) who can both get down the field and catch…Doug Martin, Chris Simms, Mike James and Bobby Rainey at RB…if the Bucs can solidify and stabilize their O-line, they are going to cause a lot of sleepless nights for the D-coordinators in Atlanta, Charlotte, New Orleans and EVERY other NFL team they play…the potential is there for this team to be scary good! Kudos to Coach Smith and Jason Licht for dedicating all their draft picks this year to fixing an offense that had too few weapons last season!

  19. JC De La Torre says: May 14, 2014 5:46 PM

    I’m going to chuckle at all the “Lovie doesn’t know offense” Bears fans when Tampa Bay’s offense outranks them this year.

  20. jdphx says: May 14, 2014 6:05 PM

    Those uniforms….

  21. disturbedshifty says: May 14, 2014 6:10 PM

    You know. I wonder if Nike played with the idea of make the numbers on those jersey actual light up?

  22. initialsgbm says: May 15, 2014 7:03 AM

    It’s one thing to have a bunch of big receivers but McCown better hope that his o-line can come through. He benefited from the Bears revamping their offensive line.

    He couldn’t have played as well as he did with the o-line the year before Trestman.

  23. keifer1751 says: May 15, 2014 9:48 AM

    As a long suffering Bucs fan, my only comment is this. Leave those uniforms in training camp. They make grown men appear to be wearing their feet pajamas to work. With that said, a winning season may change my mind…

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