"Josh Gave Us a Spark"

Following the Bucs 27-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday to drop them to 1-8, Lovie Smith went to the podium for his postgame press conference and immediately praised his offense.

Following the Bucs 27-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday to drop them to 1-8, Lovie Smith went to the podium for his postgame press conference and immediately praised his offense.

"Offensively, we did some good things," Lovie Smith said of his offenses performance during Sunday's loss to the Falcons. "Josh gave us a spark, able to get the passing game going at times. Mike Evans is becoming a really good football player that you can go to for big plays. I think we were pretty good on 3rd downs. There were a lot of good things we did."

Lovie's always looking for positives, but to praise an offense that scored just 17 points is starting to get ridiculous. The Falcons entered the game as the league's 32nd ranked defense and 30th against the pass. If the Bucs were ever going to have success offensively, especially throwing the ball, it was going to be against the Falcons.

As for the comment of "Josh gave us a spark," good God, how bad was your offensive huddle. Again, the Bucs might have been statistically better than usual on offense, but to the test they looked pathetic again. All this against the worst defense in the NFL.

"A lot of other positions that I'm really concerned about," Lovie Smith said after Sunday's loss to the Falcons. "Quarterback, especially after today, not at the top of the list."

After today's game, perhaps quarterback is not at the top of his list, but come this off-season it should be the prime objective.

As for McCown, who went 27-41 for 301 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, he wasn't the worst player on the field, but the position must be improved by next year to give fans hope. One thing I do love about McCown is his leadership and his passion, which this Bucs team lacks in both categories.

“We’re sick of having these press conferences and saying the same things," a teary eyed McCown said after Sunday's game. "It just hurts. I know and I understand where I’m at in my career. As you get older the opportunities are less and less whether you’re a franchise quarterback or not. When you’re 35-years old, you know the clock is ticking and you don’t want to let these moments get away. I think that’s why it hurts because it got away.”

The reason McCown has stayed in the NFL as long as he has, as a backup, is because of this passion he brings to the field and the leadership that follows it. He is the ideal backup quarterback for any team. The Bucs would be smart to invest a high draft choice in a quarterback and allow McCown to help groom the younger and more talent signal caller to be the type of leader this franchise needs.


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