Josh McCown is the AFC’s offensive player of the week

AP

In a conference that features plenty of elite quarterbacks, a veteran who has kept plugging away from team to team and year to year has gotten the praise he deserves.

Browns quarterback Josh McCown is the AFC’s offensive player of the week.

He definitely earned it, with a franchise regular-season record 457 passing yards in a 33-30 overtime win at Baltimore. It also was the third straight 300-plus-yard performance for McCown, unprecedented in Browns franchise history.

McCown won a player of the week award only one before in his 13-year career, two years ago while replacing Jay Cutler in Chicago, on a Monday night against the Cowboys. (McCown’s ultimate reward that time was to be sent to the bench, since nothing helps a franchise quarterback heal faster than his backup out-performing him.)

The 457 yards came via passes distributed to nine different receivers, none of whom are superstars who are demanding the football.

“This group of guys they’re so fun to work with because they come out and they practice hard,” McCown told PFT Live on Monday. “If they catch one ball, great. . . . They’re just hungry, so I think for all of us collectively it just fits together and works well. There’s not one guy that you’re having to go babysit on the sideline like, ‘Hey we’re gonna get you some balls, we’re gonna get you some throws.’ All these guys, they’re in it all the time. They work hard, and I think that’s what makes this group special and it’s a fun group to be a part of.”

It’s hard to use the word “fun” too much, given the tough schedule the Browns have, with games against the teams of the AFC West, the NFC West, and six games against the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals. McCown is undaunted by the challenge, which continues this week with a visit from the Broncos.

“The NFC West and the AFC West are probably arguably the two best divisions in football, so it’s a tough draw,” McCown said. “But at the same time we lace ’em up every week for a reason and you look at that schedule, you’re absolutely right [about its difficulty]. There’s a ton of good teams on that schedule, but at the same time our division has to play those teams too and more importantly you can’t win all those games at once. You just have to play them one at a time and a Denver Bronco team will be coming in here, you know Peyton Manning and that defense playing the way it is we’ll have our hands full.

“But at the same time we’ll be prepared, we’ll be ready to roll and I think all of our guys, we just believe we can get it done. Like you said about the receivers, you might not look in that group and see a Dez Bryant or you might not have some of the big names. But I think that’s what makes what makes us special. We’re all pulling in the same direction. There’s a great chemistry among that group, and so I feel like we can go out and do some good things, some big things. It’s just one game at a time, it’s that mentality and so we’ve enjoyed this one. It’ll be fun to be back at home in the Dawg Pound and the fans will be great. They’ll be loud and create a hostile environment for these guys and hopefully that’ll give us and edge and we can keep rolling here.”

McCown and the Browns definitely were rolling in Baltimore. And don’t be shocked if they find a way to roll over the Broncos, too.

37 responses to “Josh McCown is the AFC’s offensive player of the week

  1. Really impressed with McCown so far. I admit I wanted to see Johnny start this year to see what the Browns have in him, but McCown has good command of this offense right now. I’m curious to see how the offense proceeds this season, since the defense has been a disappointment so far.

  2. “They work hard, and I think that’s what makes this group special and it’s a fun group to be a part of.”

    That’s good news. Most of the Brown’s fans are still ticked off blaming most of the Brown’s problems on what is known as

    “Camp Cupcake”

    The softest training camp in pro football history.

  3. Josh McCown is utterly terrible. He will fail you, and fail you very very soon. These hail mary type throws against terrible defenses is the only reason he’s throwing these yards. Its luck, and its about to run out.. I promise!

  4. downvotesforeveryone says:
    Oct 14, 2015 10:57 AM
    A Browns QB as the player of the week. I believe this is one of the 7 Signs of the Apocalypse.
    ====

    Sorry for stealing your joke. I didn’t read the other comments before I posted.

  5. Hey tampatwo. Mccowns played 13 qtr’s and maybe 2 were bad. I literally haven’t seen a browns qb look that confident, that “in control’ and that skilled since Bernie bro. Btw, the vast majority of the yards came on short to intermedite throws. Check your facts. This isn’t derrick Anderson’s fools gold were seeing here people.

  6. McCown and OC DeFillippo are miracle workers with no running game because of an OL that cant run block and 1 solid playmaker in Benjamin and a TE having a great yr so far in Barnidge.

    I will be surprised if he makes it through Sundays game though. Denvers D is relentless and one of the fastest Ds Ive ever seen but without DeMarcus Ware, assuming hes out, should help tremendously

  7. At least the Brownies sellout every game and they do it with THEIR fans, not the opposition teams fans.

    Like the Bungals.

  8. Don’t be fooled by this guy like we were.
    Signed – Buccaneers fans
    ___________________

    As a Bucs fan I was never fooled by McCown. I knew it was a mistake when Lovie signed him. Glennon was always the better QB, however in hindsight Lovie just wanted the 1st overall pick and McCown gave us the best chance to lose.

    McCown is certainly capable of having a good game once in a blue moon however there is a reason why he is a career long backup and journeyman.

  9. It’s sad Tampa fans still have to dump on the guy at every turn. It’s like when you and your girlfriend break up and then see her a year later and she looks way hotter than when you were with her.

    If you’d watch the games you’d see the guy is making the Browns skills players look like superstars right now. I get that you all are hurt that a team naming him starter after your lousy season last year means NFL GM’s just think the Buccaneers were so terrible that no one could win on that team but obviously they weren’t wrong. The guy is playing BETTER for Cleveland than he did in Chicago which is why your team picked him up in the first place. Browns coaches and GM’s had been saying since training camp that he was consistently this good in this offense it’s just sad that it took him breaking the teams single game regular season passing record for people to believe them since this is his 3rd 300+ yard game (against a good defense) and he played like this in the pre-season as well.

  10. mccown… he’s all by himself… steps up… he fires into the endzone…

    CAUGHT?! TOUCHDOWN!!

    NO! NOOAAAAAA!!!

    THE CARDINALS KNOCK THE VIKINGS OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS!!!!

  11. He’s a good backup QB and can make a few good starts. But he has never done it over a 16 game season. But he’s good enough to keep them in 7-9 purgatory, along with teams like the Jets, Texans, Rams, Bears, Redskins, Bills, and Dolphins,. 7-9 purgatory is where you perpetually are locked to win 6 to 9 wins a season with no reason to contend because you never get a Franchise QB.

  12. Josh McCown and player of the week, two things I never thought I’d see in the same sentence.

    Good for him though and good for the Browns.

  13. “At least the Brownies sellout every game and they do it with THEIR fans, not the opposition teams fans.

    Like the Bungals.”
    ——————————————-
    is your daddy an illegitimate son of Paul Brown or something? That’s the only thing I can think of that would cause such irrational hatred. Every comment with you comes back to Bengal bashing.

  14. You know, people keep dumping on this guy and he’s definitely capable of a clinker game here and there. But as long as he’s better than the 5 or 6 worst starting QBs in the league (which right now he is), and until colleges start producing more pro-ready QBs, he’ll have a job someplace. Not to mention he’s an outstanding locker room guy.

  15. There is still a lot of football to play this season, but you can’t find any fault in his play to date…Hate on haters!

    Go Browns!!!

  16. joedirte says:
    Oct 14, 2015 11:52 AM

    He’s a good backup QB and can make a few good starts. But he has never done it over a 16 game season. But he’s good enough to keep them in 7-9 purgatory, along with teams like the Jets, Texans, Rams, Bears, Redskins, Bills, and Dolphins,. 7-9 purgatory is where you perpetually are locked to win 6 to 9 wins a season with no reason to contend because you never get a Franchise QB.
    **********************************************You’re giving my Redskins (or to some of you, the team in Washington) 7-9? Thanks!!!!!
    🙂
    Actually, I had them at 6-10 before the season at best but that seems to be spot on.

  17. To anyone at the Under Armor Performance Center in Maryland,

    Please make this into a really big sign and hang it in the meeting rooms of the Raven’s defense. And if you feel creative add the Under Armor slogan – “Protect This House”.

    Something gotta motivate those guys.

  18. The Ravens should hang their heads in shame. The defense should return their paychecks for the week.

  19. Tampatwo says:
    Oct 14, 2015 10:58 AM
    McCown is utterly terrible… fail you very very soon… terrible defenses.. luck, and its about to run out.. I promise!
    ———————–
    And Tampatwo’s isn’t the only overly-hating comment here. Look you guys, it’s player of the week, not greatest of the century! Dude had a good game, give the Browns a little love.
    – Btw, I’m a lapsed 9er (Montana) fan and Belichick admirer.

  20. This is what he can do. He has his ups and downs. He has all the talent in the world, he just hasn’t been able to do it consistently. He tends to get the deer in the headlights look, but not always. He’s also been on some very bad teams, with some bad OL’s which have killed him from time to time. He’s not very durable, but he’s not very injury prone. Kind of in the middle, mostly with short term stuff.

    He’s pretty big. He’s got a great arm. He’s fast (probably still faster then Johnny). He’s a veteran who has seen pretty much everything.

    This is why he’s starting over Manziel, he just is the better QB in every way. People who want Manziel to start clearly don’t know what they are talking about.

    He left my team a long, long time ago, but I’ve always rooted for him to do good because he is just so humble, likable, and doesn’t give up.

    Tampa Bay was a horrible situation for him, and they didn’t really get to know him so don’t think Tampa Bay fans really know what he is about.

    Again, he’ll have his ups and downs, and at his age you need to continue looking for a QBOF, but he still has the ability to have some really nice games.

  21. I like this guys humble-feel-good attitude.
    God bless the Browns.
    And if the Cubs somehow make it into the WS this year or in our lifetime, then maybe the Browns will make it to the SB as well.
    In the meantime, until they can really prove themselves with playoff wins, they are still the Cleveland Clowns and laughingstock in the NFL.

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