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Time to Prove for Josh McCown


In a year where the defense looks as talented as it has been for a very long time, the Buccaneers offense finally seems like it is looking up too.

When the Buccaneers added Josh McCown and announced him the starter right away, they immediately began the process of attempting to rebuild their offense into almost a replica of the offense where Josh McCown truly thrived in, the 2013 Chicago Bears.

This attempt became obvious after the draft where the Buccaneers selected an Alshon Jeffery type player in Mike Evans with their first selection, a big red zone threat tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins and a running back who has gotten comparisons to who other than Matt Forte.

Even before these additions, they seemed to already have a piece in place to accomplish the transformation goal.

That is Vincent Jackson, a similar player to Brandon Marshall in being experienced and able to grab almost all jump balls.

Add the Bucs new players and it is not hard at all to see the resemblance between the two offenses.  A matter of fact, the only position the 2013 Bears had struggled with is their offensive line, who people could say is also a position a need right now for the Bucs.  But that didn’t seem to bother McCown last year due to his ability to make quick decisions with the ball and not give the defense time to get to the backfield.

Do I think McCown will put up numbers as good as he did last year? No probably not.

But I do think he will be serviceable and with as many red zone weapons as the Buccaneers now have, if he can just get the Bucs there it will become jump ball football which the offense is now well suited for.  I am looking for McCown to prove some people wrong this season and show that last year was not a fluke and that his long career is finally looking up and he is ready to produce.

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