Josh McCown has not been the quarterback the Bucs were hoping he'd be. After throwing just 1 interception to his 13 touchdowns thrown in 8 games played last year with the Bears, McCown has quadrupled that interception number in just 3 games with the Bucs in 2014.
"The point of playing a veteran is that he's not going to make mistakes," Cosell said of Josh McCown's play during an interview on 98.7 The Fan's "Fan Interference" Thursday morning.. "Unfortunately, Josh has made some really bad mistakes. He's thrown red zone interceptions, he's made the interception for a touchdown last week was a really bad throw, he's made bad plays."
Not many people were surprised to see the Bucs go out this off-season and sign McCown as a free agent. even after Glennon threw for 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions as a rookie in 2013, but most were shocked to hear Lovie Smith name McCown the starting quarterback immediately.
"I believe the Bucs have started this season by starting their 2nd best quarterback," Cosell said. "I've always felt that Mike Glennon was the better quarterback. They obviously, after studying Mike Glennon from last year, did not feel that way and went out and signed Josh McCown."Much like last season, Mike Glennon gets his first shot to shine as the starting quarterback in the 4th game of the season this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The irony is that Glennon compares to his opponent last week than any other according to Greg Cosell.
"I think he has similar attributes to Matt Ryan," Cosell said of Glennon. "I think over time, he can develop into that style of player. Matt Ryan is a top 10 quarterback in the league. Can Mike Glennon be that guy? Obviously, I can't answer that right now, but I think that he's a pocket quarterback, he has a good sense of timing and rhythm, he makes anticipation throws, he's a 'chain-moving' type of quarterback, he'll make shorter throws that sustain your offense, and I thought last year under trying circumstances, he played very very well."
At 0-3 on the season and looking worse with each game, the Bucs face a potential franchise-changing decision at the end of this season. The Bucs have not drafted a quarterback with a top 10 pick in the 1st round of the NFL Draft since they selected Trent Dilfer with the 6th pick of the 1994 draft. It is now up to Mike Glennon as to whether the Bucs will be forced to make that kind of selection again.
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