Originally Posted by D-Rod
The reason that the Bucs are the least favoured team in the NFCS is simple: QB. That is where it starts and ends. McCown has proven nothing, and the Bucs won't go anywhere unless he outperforms previous indications.
Might happen, might not. They're not out of the running for the playoffs, but until McCown shows something, Ward and Graham will be seeing 8 in the box all day long.
We've won games with worse. Do you really think Brad Johnson, Brian Griese and Jeff Garcia are that much better than McCown? QB has always been a weak spot for us but we still have moderate success.
Here's what I know:
-McCown has been fairly impressive in limited PT. He's been in the system for 3 years now I think. He should be hitting his prime now.
-He has all the physical tools to start. Good arm strength, very athletic, pretty accurate. Good in all areas, but only his athleticism is great.
-We have 3 coaches to help him succeed (position and scheme-wise): Jeff Jagodzinksi, Steve Logan, Greg Olson. All 3 are extremely experienced. Jags & Logan took Matt Ryan from an inconsistent Jr. coming off an injury to one of the top QBs in CF and a top-5 pick. Then the next year they had a 1st-year starter in Chris Crane who played solid prior to an injury late in the year.
-We have a solid young OL, 3 good backs, great TEs, and 1 great WR (ATM). We also have a Pro Bowl KR/PR and a defense that's consistently among the league's best.
McCown has every reason to succeed IMO. I'm not saying he's a top-10 QB candidate, but he should have similar success and numbers to those that came before him, only he's younger and has more potential.