Buccaneers linebacker Jonathan Casillas is also an admirer and watching him practice this offseason has led Casillas to compare the longtime backup with one of the NFL’s most prolific passers. Casillas played with Drew Brees in New Orleans and said he sees some of the Saints quarterback in McCown when asked about the possibility of Mike Glennon winding up as a starter in Tampa this year.
“It’s a strong comparison, but he reminds me of Drew [Brees], not just the way he throws the ball, but his approach to the game. The first one in, last one out, he’s always around,” Casillas said on the Dave Rothenberg Show, via Yahoo Sports. “He’s very communicable, very personable. And you can tell he’s a born leader. You know, he’s not even trying to do much now, but people are following him, just his approach to the game. Glennon is learning a lot from him. So, if Glennon can beat him out this year, that would be great. Because at the end of the day, if Glennon can beat McCown out, then we’re going to get a good quarterback.”
There hasn’t been much out of Tampa to lead one to believe that Glennon will beat McCown out or that there will even be a full-fledged, open competition for the job this summer, so McCown is almost certainly going to wind up being the man in charge of the Bucs offense. Expecting Brees-like production over 16 games may be a stretch, but there’s plenty of room for the team to improve over last year and the pieces are in place around McCown to believe that can happen.