Josh McCown on QB uncertainty: I don’t like it, but it helps me get better

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The Browns still haven’t decided who their starting quarterback will be this season. Josh McCown wishes they would.

McCown said on 850 WKNR in Cleveland that he would prefer to have a road map for how to prepare for the season, but as it stands, he doesn’t know if he’s preparing to be the starter or a backup, or even if he’ll get traded or cut if he doesn’t earn the starting job. McCown also said, however, that he thinks competition makes everyone, himself included, play better.

“I’m a human being and there’s no doubt, you want things mapped out,” McCown said. “I don’t like it, but I think it helps me get better.”

McCown is competing with Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler Austin Davis and Connor Shaw for the starting job. Coach Hue Jackson hasn’t said who’s in the lead and hasn’t said when he’ll pick a winner.

“My role is every day to come in here and get better and help the room,” McCown said. “However that breaks, if he says ‘Josh McCown is our starting quarterback,’ or if he says Robert Griffin or Cody or Austin or Connor, however that works, I’m going to help the room any way I can. That’s my mindset.”

At this point, that’s the only mindset McCown can have. He doesn’t know what his role on the 2016 Browns will be, so he has to hope that competing for a job will make him better.

18 responses to “Josh McCown on QB uncertainty: I don’t like it, but it helps me get better

  1. Josh McCown…there should be no mystery here. When the Browns sign a HAS-BEEN QB like Robert Griffin III when thirty-one other teams would not…whom do you think the Black coach is going to pick to start!!! You should make other plans, I will be rooting for the Tom Brady and the Patriots.

  2. Mccown RG3 and Cody stay. Davis and shaw get cut. If I’m not mistaken shaw is responsible for the dumbest play I’ve seen in years, I’m talking about his sliding in bounds instead of walking out of bounds with under a minute left

  3. dawgzzxx, I wish that was the first racist comment you have posted on these boards. Unfortunately, with a simple Google search I have found that is not the case. #goaway

  4. McCown is still the best actual drop back QB of any of them.

    But RGIII will win if it’s even, because he’s this new regime’s guy.

    Unless they are actually going to pick the best QB, which won’t be RGIII.

  5. imo, rg3 will be named the starter with McCown the Browns #2.

    BUT, let’s not forget one of the major concerns that comes with rg3 as the starter…DURABILITY.

    McCown will get his chance to play..he just needs to be ready.

  6. Hue Jackson better hope the majority of the team, especially the team leaders, agree with his final decision… If not, they’ll be starting off with the type of QB controversy that destroys teams. RG3 will be right at home in that atmosphere.

  7. RG3 will get the spot. Barring injury he will get at least half the season to see what he has left. If he really stinks they will make the change then.

    Barring injury of course.

  8. Josh is the best QB on the team. Josh can read defenses and he’ll stand in the pocket until he finds the open guy. But he does take some big hits because of his willingness to stay in there. And I don’t want to hear about his win/loss ratio over the last 2 years. With the defense as bad as it was last year, the Browns couldn’t have won if they had Tom Brady as the starting QB and Rodgers as the backup. But I do think that, if the Browns get just good (not great) play out of the QB position, who ever that going to be, the Browns won’t be the pushover they’be been all last season.

  9. Josh is the best of the NFL’s ‘Maybe, maybe not” signal callers (Fitzpatrick, Hoyer, Cassel, etc) and not being named the starter is a mistake IMO. Even if RG3 beats him. Far more productive, has a nice arm can read defenses and can move. Good leader, good guy. Age is catching up though. Would love to see him go out after a really nice run somewhere!

  10. I agree that RG3, McCown, and Kessler will be the 3 QBs who make the roster. I do think there are a few other teams that will have Sashi Brown’s number on speed dial in case a QB suffers an injury in training camp, and they know he’ll trade McCown if the price is right. If Hugh Jackson believes he can get RG3 to play at a high level again, he’ll start him over McCown if he’s even close to McCown’s level of play. He is much younger, and needs to build back some confidence. However durability is not a strength of RG3 or McCown’s, and the analytics guy have to have noticed that the Browns always end up starting 3 different QBs. Don’t be surprised if Kessler, or even Pryor end up under center by week 16.

  11. It’s amazing Josh and his brother are still in the league, especially Josh. He’s most recently been the primary starter for 2 teams that got the 1st and 2nd picks in the draft in back to back years, and people are still implying that he’s a viable starter. The guy’s only meaningful production in all of these years stealing money was that stretch where he played under Trestman filling in for Cutler. Otherwise, it’s been a whole lot of bad, and Cleveland should have cut him weeks ago.

  12. It’s amazing Josh and his brother are still in the league, especially Josh. He’s most recently been the primary starter for 2 teams that got the 1st and 2nd picks in the draft in back to back years, and people are still implying that he’s a viable starter. The guy’s only meaningful production in all of these years stealing money was that stretch where he played under Trestman filling in for Cutler. Otherwise, it’s been a whole lot of bad, and Cleveland should have cut him weeks ago.
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    You obviously haven’t been watching Josh McCown in a Browns uniform… no one would question what he’s done for the team regardless of what the stats or W/L record may imply. Can’t say I blame you for not watching this team but don’t speak of the matter like you have insight that others don’t when you cannot possibly be looking at the same film…

  13. McCown is the best QB on the Browns. What he did with garbage WRs and what DeFillippo did with those garbage players on offense last year was impressive.

    McCown is too classy to get stuck with a clown org like the Browns. If he doesnt start i hope for his sake, he ends up on a good team. With good weapons, he can win a team some games for a good team if their starter goes down.

    The clowns being the clowns will start that clown RGMe

  14. What competition can possibly exist on this team?

    Seriously… a has-been, a journeyman, a 3rd stringer and a rookie.

    This sounds like the lead in to one of those “Walk into a bar” jokes but is stark reality for the Factory of Sadness.

  15. It does not matter who starts, by the end of the season the Browns should be on their 3rd or 4th QB. They’ll all get a turn to receive a life-threatening injury.

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