Gerald McCoy: People are about to see how good Josh McCown is


As training camps spring to life across the NFL, hope springs eternal in a league defined by its parity.

Praise of players and teammates also comes easily as everyone is “way better than last year,” “ready to take a step forward” or “poised for big things this season.”

One such player getting glowing reviews from teammates is Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown.

According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, defensive end Gerald McCoy believes the league isn’t giving McCown enough credit for his ability.

“I don’t know how much people really know how good Josh McCown is,” McCoy said. “I think a lot of people are about to see how good he really is.”

“He’s (35), but with the amount of time he’s played, he’s 28. His mental capacity is as old as it gets. He’s been around for a while. His leadership ability is incredible, and he’s going to lead this team.”

McCown is the favorite to start for the Buccaneers this season. Entering his 12th season in the NFL, it would be only McCown’s second opportunity as a full-time starter. He also started 13 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.

However, McCown parlayed a strong season in relief of Jay Cutler in Chicago into a starting job with the Buccaneers. McCown appeared in eight games with five starts for the Bears last year. He completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,829 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception.

While it helps having arguably the best receiver tandem in the league in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, McCown took full advantage of the opportunity and earned his chance in Tampa Bay. With Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins among the targets McCoy will have to throw too, the league should find out if McCown can live up to the praise this season.

33 responses to “Gerald McCoy: People are about to see how good Josh McCown is

  1. I’ve heard Gerald McCoy talk this way before…about people like Doug Martin, Lavonte David, and Vincent Jackson. Never about Josh Freeman, etc. Yeah, hope springs eternal this time of year, but McCown actually did play well last year and a lot of people other than Gerald McCoy who are outside the Bucs organization are predicting big things from Josh McCown.

  2. Love it!

    “He’s (35), but with the amount of time he’s played, he’s 28. ”

    There’s a reason why he hasn’t played all those seven years!

  3. so what he did with the bears earned him a starting job with Tampa over a second year guy who performed well on a dysfunctional team in Tampa last year? what about what he did or more importantly what he did not do during his other 10 years in the league? as a bears fan I am happy he played well last year but it was a case of right place right time right system with Trestman . under the get off the bus running philosophy of lovie you will see the real McCowan this year. don’t let the new o.c fool you at the end of the day it will be the same defense first team as it always is under smith. wait until the defense or special teams scores early for the bucs to take a lead and see how the offense operates then. if his bears history shows you anything is that he will not let his offense attack with a lead. bears fans are not bitter only realistic because we heard the same thing every year under each new o.c. only to see the same results.

  4. Did a great job for us last year. I was sorry to see him go and I wish him luck. As it has been said he was probably a product of the system and two great WR’s. Let’s see what happens.

  5. So… now McCoy is going to play QB?

    With Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins among the targets McCoy will have to throw too

    Go get ’em Josh, EAT ‘EM UP KATS!!!

  6. Unfortunately for Josh, he won’t have the same O line that kept him relatively clean during his run with the Bears. Wish him the best, but not on November 23 at Soldier Field.

  7. In a Lovie Smith offense? Not likely. But I’m pulling for Josh, and what McCoy says about his intangibles is dead-on.

  8. McCoy is right, but not in the way he thinks he is. We are indeed about to see exactly how good Josh McCown is.

  9. Also forgot to mention, Josh McCown is very humble person, no nonsense. Josh deserves only the best things. He was a class act and extremely supportive here in Chicago, never fueled the QB controversy that could have easily spun up.

  10. “…among the targets McCoy will have to throw too, the league should find out if McCown can live up to the praise this season.”

    I hate to be that guy, but McCoy isn’t the QB. And you misspelled “to.”

  11. McCown has the receivers and a stable of running backs to hand off too,the glaring question is whether he will have time to throw with a pretty non-existent O-line. Would be nice to know if Nicks will be ready (and able) to play a whole season. Cross your fingers Tampa fans. I know I am. #GoBucs

  12. Finally a “Josh” we can count on… if not for his play, definitely for his leadership and QB acumen. Doubt the South Tampa nightlife will get in the way of this “Josh”. I always wanted to believe in Freeman, but in hindsight, he was an absolute joke! Go Bucs

  13. I wish Josh all the best- it’s amazing how long he’s been hanging around the league just working hard, learning, and earning the respect of his teammates. His community involvement is understated as well. One of the truly good guys in the sport.

  14. As a bucs fan, this is great to hear. I hope the hype being laid out about him is true! He can be very dangerous with those tall receivers he has now.

  15. If Lovie and Frazier can coach them up to get pressure on the QB and the defense can produce short fields and takeaways, McCown should be just fine. He doesn’t have to be Drew Brees. Just limit turnovers and take what’s there. Hopefully Doug Martin can return from his injury to his rookie form and our massive receivers can win the majority of the 50/50 balls downfield. The biggest question mark is if the rebuilt o-line can keep McCown upright. Training camp starts today and I’m pumped!

  16. “defensive end Gerald McCoy”

    ??? I thought he played DT.

    “With Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins among the targets McCoy will have to throw too”

    Again, I thought he played DT???

    I usually don’t care about these things, but twice in one article? Come on man

  17. I’m a huge Bucs fan and want to be optimistic, but this guy was coaching high school football a couple years ago. He’s a UFL refugee. Love to see him succeed, but he’s gone what, 12 years since being drafted without putting it all together? Odds are against it.

  18. I can’t believe the Bears gave Cutler $20mill a year on the first day of free agency, like he was some hot commodity who had just won the Super Bowl and not lost an elimination game to the Packers (again), missed 5 games, and gotten outplayed by his backup.

    They could’ve saved that $20mill, sign McCown for about $4mill a year, used the extra money for other needs. Trestman could continue to QB Whisper this guy into Rich Gannon 2.0

  19. Give the author a break; he was giving you football news at 2 AM for God’s sake.

  20. With the addition of Collins and Dietrich-Smith, the line is already much improved. With Nicks gone the weakness is now @ guard but there is some depth and could still pick up a FA. He’ll prob never be Manning/Brady/Brees but as someone above said he doesn’t have to be. The Bucs have given him weapons and hopefully he’ll have the time to make it happen. Looks more promising than it has in a long time!

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