Browns QB McCown says 2-14 year with the Bucs was 'tough'
Browns quarterback Josh McCown tried to warn his teammates about the heat and humidity of Tampa Bay before practice Tuesday. But the climate change that has occurred within the Bucs organization since he played here in 2014 is even more startling.
McCown was the Bucs' starting quarterback under Lovie Smith when the team went 2-14, leading to the No. 1 pick and the drafting of Jameis Winston. McCown called that season one of the toughest in his career.
"This is definitely a point in my career, and more than anything, just from the standpoint of learning, because that was a tough, tough year,'' McCown said. "I think more than anything you just realize within yourself and others that you're resilient, that you can bounce back. I learned a ton about myself, I learned a ton about the game that year and I think I'll be better for it. The main thing is, sometimes you go through bad things in life and it's about forgetting that and moving on. I want to move on but I want to hold fast to some of those things I learned because I think it will serve me for the rest of my life.
The Bucs lost offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who had a heart procedure before the '14 season, leaving them with no experienced NFL play caller.
"The thing I learned is obviously it's a player-driven league, but the value of coaching, when we lost a coordinator that year, that made it tough,'' McCown said. "There's no getting around that. And so I think more so for me, I learned the value of every single member of the organization and that it takes evereybody and when you pull somebody out, there's a trickle down effect that affects everybody. Everybody has to do more and they spread themselves thin.''