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Bucs move forward with McCown as QB



TAMPA -- Bucs coach Lovie Smith made it clear Wednesday afternoon that veteran Josh McCown, who played for him in Chicago and has signed to a two-year, $10-million contract with the Bucs, is now his starting quarterback for 2014.

"I've known him for a while, got a chance to see him in every situation, as a leader, a guy coming back from adversity," Smith said. "When you have a little time to reflect on a lot of things, and say 'Hey, this next chance, I want to do it right in every way.' I wanted to have people that I really knew how they would react in every situation. Josh is just a heck of a guy. .. There has to be a starting spot, a starting point, a starting person to go out there first, and that would be Josh."

Smith has had praise for second-year quarterback Mike Glennon, who had 19 touchdown passes as a rookie last fall, but Smith said Wednesday that he'll go into the season with McCown as his starter.

"He's a coach on the field. He's accurate. Great decision-maker: Do I throw it deep, check down, take off and run?" Smith said. "You want a quarterback who can throw the ball and one that makes good decisions, and he can do that. ... You have to be the guy that knows how to get everybody going in the right direction. That's what he's done. It's a new year. We have a long way to go, but we'll start it together."

Smith also made it clear that signing McCown does not preclude the Bucs from drafting a quarterback in May: "Not at all."

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:16pm]


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