BY: John Mamola
Many questions surround exactly what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense will bring to the table in 2014 with new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and new starting quarterback Josh McCown taking the reigns. McCown comes to Tampa Bay after a successful stretch in Chicago where he replaced Jay Cutler due to injury, in which he threw 13 touchdown passes and amassed a 109.0 quarterback rating in five starts last season.
One of the biggest questions is can a career backup quarterback lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back to the NFL postseason? NFL.com senior columnist Judy Battista joined WDAE’s “The Sports Page” on Thursday, and explained why the Buccaneers decided to go with Josh McCown over current backup Mike Glennon.
“They’re high on Josh McCown because he’s a smart leader, and he can mentor young guys,” said Battista. “You hate to use the phrase game manager, and I don’t mean that as a derogatory term. But he’s a smart guy who can manage the game, and he’s level headed. That’s what they need, they want to play the way Lovie Smith wants to play. Great defense and a running game, and you need a Josh McCown to do that.”
Battista said McCown is a “great and mature leader” which was one of his biggest selling points to the Buccaneers. For more of Battista’s thoughts on the Bucs as well as why Johnny Manziel was not named the starter for the Cleveland Browns, click HERE.
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