Quarterback Josh McCown is competing for the starting job with Tampa Bay Buccaneers for this season with 2nd year QB Mike Glennon. One player on the Bucs team who thinks that the 35-year-old McCown is ready to take over the team’s starting job is defensive end Gerald McCoy, who has watched what McCown can do since training camp started and he’s very, very impressed with his talent.
While McCown is up there in age at 35, McCoy sees him as being like a 28-year-old due to his youthful looks and the way he plays the game.
“I don’t know how much people really know how good Josh McCown is,” McCoy said to the Tampa Bay Times. “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 projected starter for the Buccaneers team, as Glennon still has too many flaws in his game to take the starting job at this time despite loads of physical talent. McCown has been in the NFL since 2002 when he was drafted in the 3rd round by the Arizona Cardinals. He start out being an excellent quarterback, as he was pretty much just an average talent until going to the Chicago Bears in 2011.
Last season, McCown completed 66.5 percent of his passes with a passing rating of 109. He out-played starter Jay Cutler, but due to his advanced age, McCown wasn’t given a long-term contract after the season ended. The Bears gave the long-term contract to Cutler, 30, instead, which could very well turn around and bite them on the backside if Cutler continues to suffer injury problems.
McCown, while 5 years older than Cutler, appeared to be the younger, sturdier player with better talent. The Bears gambled with Cutler, and now if McCown puts up big numbers in the next 4-5 seasons, they could make the Bears look silly for their decision not to go with him instead of Cutler.
McCown is going to have some excellent receivers to throw to this season in former Philadelphia Eagles player Vincent Jackson, rookie Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The Bucs have superb receivers for McCown to show what he can do in 2014.