QB Josh McCown - Free Agent
|6-4, 220||Born: 7-4-1979||College: Sam Houston State||Drafted: Round 3, pick 81 (2002)|
2019 Week 18 vs SEA (18 / 24 / 174 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 23 / 0 rush)
McCown relieved an injured Carson Wentz late in the first quarter and guided the Eagles offense the rest of the way against Seattle. The veteran journeyman was accurate throughout on short-range throws and added some surprising mobility on occasion. McCown at his best extended a play against pressure and threw a strike to Greg Ward on an intermediate route, found Dallas Goedert on a deep out late in the game, and drew a long defensive pass interference penalty to Shelton Gibson. The mistakes and failing to convert in scoring range were the downfalls for the Eagles offense and McCown, however, with a bobbled snap then a third-down sack on a red zone chance, McCown missing Miles Sanders on a fourth-down pass, and quizzically taking a fourth-down sack in the red zone with two minutes left.
2018 Week 10 vs BUF (17 / 34 / 135 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
For all the talk of Josh McCown coming in and potentially saving the Jets offense, he looked like exactly what he is: a 39-year old backup quarterback who is likely a much better coach than player. McCown had to deal with the same things Sam Darnold did -- poor offensive line play, no real run game and a moribund play selection -- but his veteran savvy didn't help him overcome them. His first of two inteceptions came when the Jets were already down 24 points in the second quarter. McCown came under pressure and, throwing off his back foot, tried to hit Trenton Cannon on a route down the sideline. He had nothing on the ball though, which fell well short of Cannon and was picked off. It should have never been thrown in bounds. McCown's second interception of the day, in the middle of the fourth quarter was as bad as anything Darnold has thrown this year. On a 3rd & 4 play at the Buffalo 37, McCown under very little pressure threw a pass to his left to Jermaine Kearse who was running a slant. McCown somehow missed Micah Hyde lurking underneath and the ball was picked off. If Hyde had missed the ball, the defender who was covering Kearse was likely to pick it up anyway, as he was between McCown and his receiver. This was not the improvement the Jets were hoping for.
2018 Week 12 vs NE (26 / 45 / 276 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)
McCown is a game manager, which is a role he generally executes well. Despite his one interception, an ugly and unnecessary throw to the goal line, which was short -- McCown made several nice throws to his receivers, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse on a slant. When he has a wide open receiver and some time, he can hit the receiver, but under pressure he struggles. The touchdown was a nice example of the former, while the pick was a perfect example of the latter. It didn't help that the Jets forced McCown to throw 45 times, despite never trailing by more than a touchdown through the first three quarters, which isn't a recipe for success with all but a few quarterbacks, certainly not McCown and absolutely not with the receivers he has to work with, who dropped more than one pass.
2018 Week 13 vs TEN (17 / 30 / 128 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
In two of the three games McCown has started, the Jets have not had a passing touchdown, and Sunday against Tennessee was no different, as the Jets stalled every time they were on the Titans' end of the field and had to settle for field goals. While much of that falls on the lack of anything like creativity on the offensive side of things, McCown has certainly showed his age during this stretch, as well as his limitations. McCown wasn't horrible -- his interception was a hail mary to close the game -- but he isn't good either, and that showed in the fourth quarter when he failed to find a way to connect with receivers on critical throws which often overthrown, underthrown or just flat out off-target. McCown's general inability to create plays when the Jets needed them, along with the lame-duck offensive playcalling, made it impossible for the Jets to hold, or regain, the lead.
2017 Week 1 vs BUF (26 / 39 / 187 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 1 rush)
For all intents and purposes, Josh McCown is purely a stop-gap until either young QB is ready to play. When given a clean pocket, McCown could find the open receiver against Buffalo's zone coverage. Those clean pockets, however, were few and far between as McCown was under duress throughout the game. Of note, McCown locked onto the newly acquired, Jermaine Kearse, who grabbed a team-high seven catches on eight targets. The route concepts and combinations were basic as the Morton opted to call a lot of short-to-intermediate underneath routes. McCown scored the lone offensive touchdown, keeping the ball on 1-yard QB sneak. It's going to be a long season in New York.
2017 Week 2 vs OAK (17 / 25 / 166 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown showed some toughness and courage in a tough environment. McCown took some sacks against Oakland's talented defensive front, but did a nice job of getting out of the pocket when plays broke down. On a 3rd-and-18 play in the third quarter, McCown side-stepped on-coming pressure, stepped up in the pocket, and ran 21 yards for a first down. Give the 38-year-old quarterback some credit; he ran like his life depended on it. As a passer, McCown made some tough throws into tight coverage. In the second quarter, McCown hit Jermaine Kearse on a deep sideline route for a 33-yard touchdown. McCown placed the ball slightly over David Amerson's outstretched hand and Kearse completed the scoring play by falling into the end zone. In the fourth quarter, McCown and Kearse hooked up for a second touchdown, a 13-yarder, on a tight post route. Kearse once again beat Amerson for the scoring play, but credit McCown for fitting the ball into a tight window. Overall, New York's defense offered little-to-no resistance, making it difficult for McCown and Co. to rally any resemblance of a comeback.
2017 Week 3 vs MIA (18 / 23 / 249 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown was cool, calm, and composed as he methodically led his offense to its first win of the season. McCown predominantly worked the middle of the field, finding open targets for first downs. The playbook opened a little more this week as the team was more willing to take shots downfield. In the second quarter, McCown hit Robby Anderson deep down the seam for a 69-yard touchdown. McCown threw Anderson open, but credit Anderson for adjusting to the ball. New York led wire-to-wire, which led to conservative play calling in the second half as the team nursed a double-digit lead.
2017 Week 4 vs JAX (22 / 31 / 224 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
His team won, but Josh McCown didn't play well. He committed two costly turnovers in the fourth quarter while his team was holding a 10-point lead and was sacked four times. With ten minutes to go, a screen to Powell was called, but inside pressure forced a rushed throw, resulting in a backwards pass that was scooped up and returned by Myles Jack for an 81-yard touchdown. On a 3rd-and-6 play with 3:22 to-go, a screen to Powell was called again, but Powell slipped and the pass was intercepted, leading to the tying field goal. With less than a minute remaining, McCown fumbled, but luckily fell on top of the ball. Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye totally shutdown New York's perimeter players, so McCown barely looked their way. In fact, Robby Anderson didn't make his catch until the third quarter. Better days are hopefully ahead for McCown, who didn't account for a touchdown for the first time this season.
2017 Week 5 vs CLE (23 / 30 / 194 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
It wasn't pretty, but McCown and the Jet offense made enough plays to win. After nearly three quarters of futile play, McCown and the Jet offense came alive. Following a Kevin Hogan interception late in the third quarter, McCown hit Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a fade route for a 2-yard touchdown. New York rolled out a three-by-one look, with Seferian-Jenkins matched one-on-one against the boundary defender. Seferian-Jenkins high-pointed the ball, using his size to win against a smaller defender. In the fourth quarter, McCown led an eight-play, 97-yard touchdown drive that culminated with an easy 24-yard strike to Jermaine Kearse. McCown baited Cleveland's defenders on a play-fake to Robby Anderson, who was used as a decoy on a screen pass, and hit a wide-open Kearse in front of the pylon for an easy score. Next week, McCown will square off against Tom Brady in a battle between first place clubs.
2017 Week 6 vs NE (31 / 47 / 354 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
Another week, another gritty Josh McCown performance. McCown fed off an emotional home crowd, notching two touchdowns on his first three drives. In the first quarter, McCown capped a 13-play, 87-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown lob to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who outmuscled the linebacker. In the second quarter, McCown finished a seven-play, 78-yard drive with a scrambling 31-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Kerley. This scoring drives staked New York to an early 14-0 lead. McCown threw two ugly interceptions, one before halftime and one early in the third quarter that swung a 7-point lead into a 10-point deficit that his team did not rally back from. A third touchdown pass to Seferian-Jenkins was overruled on a controversial call.
2017 Week 7 vs MIA (17 / 27 / 209 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 1 rush)
Josh McCown played very well for three quarters, but his fourth quarter performance was disastrous. McCown started quickly---accounting for three first half touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). In the first quarter, McCown hit Jermaine Kearse deep down the right sideline for a 29-yard touchdown, capping a 5-play, 75-yard drive. Late in the first quarter, McCown hit Robby Anderson for an 18-yard score on a post-route where Anderson shook the defender before breaking in. Rookie, Cordrea Tankersley, gave up both touchdown passes and looked completely beleaguered. Right before halftime, McCown called his own number and scored on 1-yard QB keeper. New York took a 21-14 lead into halftime. McCown gave his team a 28-14 advantage late in the third quarter by finding an uncovered Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a 10-yard touchdown. New York's fourth quarter performance was disastrous on both sides of the ball. New York's offense accounted for minus-4 yards as the team failed to establish rhythm running the ball. Miami scored 14 unanswered points before McCown made the biggest mistake of the game. McCown threw a backbreaking interception deep in his own territory that set-up Miami's game winning field goal. McCown badly overthrew Kearse, who was running an out-route, into the awaiting arms of Bobby McCain. McCown filled up the stat sheet, but one costly decision (and some bad defense) cost New York this game.
2017 Week 8 vs ATL (26 / 33 / 257 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another week, another similar result for Josh McCown and the Jet offense. Alike the last two weeks, New York scored on its first drive. Eric Tomlinson capped off an 8-play, 75-yard scoring drive by hauling in 20-yard score on a post route. McCown properly read the defense and delivered a strike to his big tight end, who rumbled into the end zone. Right before halftime, McCown hit Robby Anderson on a 3rd-and-4 play for a 24-yard touchdown. Anderson beat Desmond Trufant on a nice double move and made a diving grab in the back of the end zone. After halftime, McCown and the offense sputtered. The offense didn't make any trips into the red zone and only had one drive over 50 yards. The running game was stagnant and the play calling lack creativity. Overall, McCown did enough to win the game, but his running game and special teams let him down.
2017 Week 9 vs BUF (14 / 20 / 140 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 1 rush)
New York led for nearly the entire game, relegating McCown into a game manager role. New York's offense totaled 41 rushing attempts as the Marcel Dareus-less front was unable to stop enemy ball carriers. To make matters worse, the Bills' defense was unable to stop a spry McCown, who scored the game's first touchdown on a 10-yard scamper. On the scoring play, McCown rolled to his left, kept his eyes locked onto his target for long enough before sprinting and diving into the end zone. The Bills were playing zone coverage, but failed to converge once he broke the line of scrimmage. As a passer, McCown had some good and bad moments. In the second quarter, a touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins was negated due to a questionable offensive pass interference call. New York settled for a field goal. In the third quarter, McCown and Robby Anderson hooked up for a 25-yard touchdown on a deep sideline route. Matched up against rookie, TreDavious White, who had safety help, Anderson simply ran by the defenders as McCown dropped a dime in the back of the end zone. The scoring play was McCown 9th touchdown pass of 15+ yards. McCown did benefit from some good fortune as Buffalo defenders outright dropped easy interceptions when he opted to heave the ball into traffic. Overall, McCown had a solid game and New York ended its losing streak. More importantly, a Week 10 win at Tampa Bay will even New York's record at 5-5 before its Week 11 bye week.
2017 Week 10 vs TB (23 / 39 / 262 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Out-of-sync for all four quarters. That's the simplest way to describe McCown's afternoon. Offensive coordinator, John Morton, schemed a conservative game-plan against Tampa Bay's 28th-ranked defense, but New York's execution was poor. The ground game was never established and the offensive line had trouble blocking Gerald McCoy and Co. McCown was sacked a season-high six times as he failed to complete at least 60 percent of his passes for the first time this season. In the first half, McCown threw an ugly interception as he overshot Robby Anderson on a deep post route. McCown would somewhat atone for this error by connecting on a late 38-yard touchdown strike to Anderson. McCown dropped a dime to Anderson who was streaking down the right sideline. New York enters its bye week with a 4-6 record and its playoff hopes appear grim.
2017 Week 12 vs CAR (19 / 36 / 307 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 28 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown was in-control for three quarters, but a fourth quarter miscue swung momentum in Carolina's favor. McCown coughed up the ball on a strip sack and Luke Kuechly returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, giving Carolina a 26-20 lead. After Carolina scored a special team touchdown, McCown answered with a 3-yard touchdown strike to Jermaine Kearse on an option route. McCown rolled out of the pocket, Kearse broke towards the front of the pylon, and McCown hit him in the numbers. The fourth quarter had the dramatics, but McCown was locked in and poised for the first three. In the second quarter, McCown delivered a 33-yard touchdown strike to Robby Anderson. Anderson, who was running a deep post route, out-ran double coverage, and completed the scoring play with some nifty footwork in the back of the end zone. In the third quarter, McCown and Anderson hooked up for a 54-yard touchdown a 'school-yard football'-esque play. McCown rolled out of the pocket to prolong the play, pointed downfield, effectively calling his shot, prompting Anderson to cut off his comeback route and go-long. Safety, Kurt Coleman wasn't able to recover as McCown lofted the ball deep to a wide-open Anderson. McCown and Anderson have great chemistry, hooking up for touchdowns in five straight games. While Anderson shined, Austin Seferian-Jenkins didn't. In the first quarter, Seferian-Jenkins dropped an easy, wide open touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Seferian-Jenkins was unable to complete the scoring play as the ball was dislodged as he hit the ground. If Seferian-Jenkins hangs on, he gives his team a 24-20 fourth quarter advantage.
2017 Week 13 vs KC (26 / 36 / 331 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 19 / 2 rush)
Josh McCown played his best game of the season. When he wasn't exposing Kansas City's porous secondary, he managed a rushing attack that compiled 49 attempts over 42 minutes of possession. McCown aided the rushing attack by accounting for two rushing touchdowns. In the first quarter, McCown called his own numberķand converted for 1-yard touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, McCown called his own number, again, and converted for a 1-yard, game-winning touchdown. When he wasn't burrowing behind his offensive line, McCown picked apart Kansas City's listless secondary. McCown funneled targets to Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse who made numerous plays in the open field. Anderson, who primarily operated out of the slot, was peppered with intermediate targets while Kearse was targeted on deep sideline routes, short crossing routes, and screens. McCown was money on third down, converting 13-of-20 attempts to keep Kansas City's potent offense off the field. McCown and Kearse had a long play of 51 yards on a catch-and-run. Kearse ran quick crossing route, ran through two arm tackles, and accelerated into the open field. McCown tossed one touchdown pass, an 11-yard strike to Matt Forte on a post-route. Forte was lined up in the slot, caught the quick pass, and took a big shot from Ron Parker before getting into the end zone. In summary, McCown played very well. His offensive line completely stymied Kansas City's talented front as he picked apart their listless secondary. Anderson and Kearse made several big grabs while the rushing attack was diverse and successful. New York's defense was gashed for a several big passing plays, but credit McCown for answering with scoring drives of his own.
2017 Week 14 vs DEN (6 / 12 / 46 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown suffered back and hand injuries against Denver. In fact, he broke his left hand after absorbing a big hit from Shane Ray. Bryce Petty relieved McCown, but didn't inspire any confidence. Before exiting the game, McCown played very poorly. He threw an ugly interception and took multiple hits from Denver's ferocious front. Every part of the offense was terrible - and McCown's hand injury was a fitting end to a terrible afternoon.
2016 Week 2 vs BAL (20 / 33 / 260 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown got the Browns out to an early lead, engineering a touchdown drive on the team's first possession. He hit Corey Coleman with a perfect pass down the left sideline for a 31-yard score, although McCown took a big hit right as the ball left his hand. The trend continued on the team's third drive as McCown took a huge shot after completing a pass to Gary Barnidge. He got up with his left arm dangling, but stayed in to connect with Coleman again, this time for an 11-yard touchdown on a wide receiver screen to the left. McCown went back to the locker room after that play, but returned for the team's next series. At that point is where the mistakes started to pile up for the offense. McCown made several poor throws after the first quarter. He severely overthrew Richard Higgins in the second quarter on a throw that was intercepted. In the third quarter he almost threw another interception on a poor throw into double coverage. McCown finished the game by throwing his second interception when he tried to force a ball to Terrelle Pryor in triple coverage.
2016 Week 8 vs NYJ (25 / 49 / 341 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
McCown's early results were fantastic as he led the Browns on two touchdown scoring drives in the first half of the game. He made a great play on his first touchdown pass as he rolled to his right before hitting Andrew Hawkins while on the run for the score. He could have had a second touchdown pass in the second quarter as he threw a perfect end zone pass to Gary Barnidge, but Barnidge was held by the defender for basically the entire play, resulting in a pass interference penalty. McCown missed another touchdown opportunity in the third quarter as he had Terrelle Pryor wide open down the right side of the field, but he overthrew the talented wide out. The pass most likely would have resulted in a long touchdown for the Browns if it was on target. McCown threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter. The first came on a pass which McCown forced to Pryor, who was double-covered. It didn't help that Pryor appeared to start and then stop in the middle of his route. The second interception was hard to pin on McCown as he threw a pass which Duke Johnson popped into the air. The ball ricocheted into the arms of a defender.
2016 Week 10 vs BAL (6 / 13 / 59 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown entered the game for the second drive in the third quarter. Head coach Hue Jackson turned to the veteran because he said he was looking to provide a spark. McCown played poorly, although he was slightly better than his final line indicates. McCown threw two interceptions and fumbled once, but two of those turnovers were hard to pin solely on McCown. His first interception came when his throwing arm was hit by Terrell Suggs as he was letting the ball go. It resulted in a wounded duck which fell into the arms of a Baltimore defender. His second interception came on a poor decision by McCown as he threw a deep floater into double coverage. The pass was easily picked off in the end zone. McCown's fourth quarter fumble came on a Terrell Suggs strip sack where Suggs abused All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas, practically getting to McCown untouched. Coach Jackson has already said he intends to go back to the rookie Kessler for Week 11's matchup against the Steelers.
2016 Week 11 vs PIT (14 / 27 / 118 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
McCown played the entire fourth quarter after Cody Kessler was lost for the day with a concussion. He struggled with the Steelers' pass rush, much like Kessler. McCown didn't throw any interceptions, but he came really close to throwing at least four in the game. He was helped out by Pittsburgh defenders not being able to hold on to the ball on several occasions. McCown did fumble once when he was strip-sacked by Ryan Shazier. The fumble led to a defensive touchdown for the Steelers. McCown's touchdown came on a great pass to Gary Barnidge right down the middle of the field. He thread the ball into a tight window and put it where only a closely-covered Barnidge could make the grab.
2016 Week 12 vs NYG (25 / 43 / 322 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown's final stat line might look like he didn't play all that poorly, but the veteran quarterback was not sharp in this game. He missed multiple throws to receivers who were open and didn't handle the pressure from New York's pass rush very well. Several of the throws McCown missed were simply passes that an NFL quarterback has to make. McCown lost two fumbles on strip sacks in the game, including one which went for a defensive touchdown. One of McCown's worst misses came in the second quarter when he targeted a wide open Gary Barnidge around the Giants' five-yard line. He overthrew Barnidge badly on the play and was lucky he wasn't intercepted. McCown's first trip to the red zone of the game also did not go well. After unsuccessful attempts to run on the early downs, the Browns went with an empty backfield on third-and-goal, but none of the receivers were able to get open, forcing McCown to roll right before eventually throwing out of bounds. The Browns had to settle for a field goal on that drive. McCown came close to throwing a touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor in the third quarter as he threw an end zone pass to the big receiver which was incomplete. It appeared Pryor may have been interfered with on the play, but nothing was called. McCown's lone touchdown pass went to a wide open Corey Coleman for a 21-yard score. Coleman ran a great route and did most of the heavy lifting to get open, but McCown put the pass where it needed to be.
2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (5 / 8 / 49 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 0 rush)
McCown's first (and only) drive started on Cleveland's own nine-yard line. On his first drop back he made a beautiful 33-yard throw to Jim Dray which Dray allowed to slip through his hands. McCown showed some mobility and toughness during the team's first drive, scrambling and picking up several yards on the ground. As he did in the preseason, McCown opted not to slide at the end of two of his runs and took some big hits from the defense as a result. On his first pass attempt in the red zone, McCown overthrew tight end Rob Housler. Housler was closely covered and it is not a sure thing he would have been able to catch even a well-thrown ball. McCown later attempted to score on a scramble from the 14-yard line as he dove headfirst towards the end zone. He was hit hard and spun sideways, with the ball coming loose. He fumbled before crossed the goal line, ruining a great opening drive for the Browns. McCown left the game after the big hit with a concussion.
2015 Week 3 vs OAK (28 / 49 / 341 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown had trouble with his accuracy in the game, missing several open receivers. He was off-target during the entire game, with most of his throws sailing high on him or going behind his intended targets. He completed a pass to Gary Barnidge on the team's first drive and could have had another short completion to Travis Benjamin, but Benjamin was held by his defender. McCown should have had an interception on the second drive as he threw a ball right to D.J Hayden. He had targeted Benjamin, but the throw was high and went in and out of Hayden's hands. On third down, McCown did hit Brian Hartline with a pass that went for 17 yards and a first down. Later in the second quarter he missed an open Benjamin badly on a short pass but made up for it when he stepped up in the pocket and hit Gary Barnidge while on the run for a 40-yard reception. McCown could have had his first touchdown pass on a play-action pass from Oakland's one yard-line but Gary Barnidge took a big hit and the ball was jarred loose before he could secure it. At the beginning of the third quarter, McCown overthrew Travis Benjamin on a deep ball. A slightly better throw would have resulted in a long touchdown for the duo. McCown made an excellent throw for a touchdown to Gary Barnidge in the third quarter. He put the ball in a spot where only Barnidge could reach it, just out of Charles Woodson's reach. He finally connected on a deep ball in the fourth quarter to Brian Hartline down the left sideline. The Raiders started to dial up the pressure more in the fourth quarter, with McCown fumbling on one quarterback hit. McCown didn't see the pressure coming, but the Browns were able to recover. On the team's final scoring drive, McCown overthrew Gary Barnidge in the back of the end zone but bounced back on the next play to hit Travis Benjamin for a four-yard score. With the Browns trailing 27-20 McCown attempted to lead the team on a game-tying drive from his own one yard line. McCown almost threw an interception on his first pass but the Oakland defender dropped the ball on a leaping attempt. McCown took what the defense gave him during the final drive, completing several short passes along with a long one to Brian Hartline while leading the Browns to Oakland's 36-yard line. He effectively ended the game by throwing an interception to Charles Woodson on the right sideline. His intended target was Travis Benjamin, but Charles Woodson came from the middle of the field to step in front of the pass.
2015 Week 4 vs SD (32 / 41 / 356 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown played well, taking what the defense gave him and making short-to-intermediate throws with accuracy during the game. He did not, however, have a positive start, leading the Browns to a three-and-out on their first possession and taking a sack and fumbling on his second drive. The fumble came as he was hit from behind when he went to throw the ball. He wasn't done any favors by Andrew Hawkins who must have thought it was an incomplete pass because he didn't pursue the ball like it was a fumble. McCown bounced back on the third possession, leading the team down the field for a field goal. He made several good throws on the drive including a 27-yarder to Gary Barnidge. At the end of the second quarter, McCown made a beautiful throw to Duke Johnson for his first touchdown pass of the game. Johnson had split out wide and McCown recognized that he was being covered by a linebacker. He threw the ball perfectly as it landed right in Johnson's hands over his left shoulder. He took one of his few downfield shots to Travis Benjamin in the second quarter. Benjamin got tangled up with his defender and was unable to make the catch. It looked like the pass was too far out of bounds for Benjamin to catch anyways. His very next throw on third down should have gone for a first down conversion to Dwayne Bowe, but Bowe dropped the ball. McCown showed off his athleticism in the fourth quarter in completing a pass to Travis Benjamin on third down. He rolled left away from pressure and hurdled a diving defender before he fired a pass to his receiver. McCown's second touchdown pass came with just over two minutes left in the game and capped off a great drive. He hit Gary Barnidge for a one-yard reception after Barnidge had gone in motion.
2015 Week 5 vs BAL (36 / 51 / 457 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 1 rush)
Overall, McCown played a good game, outside of a shaky second quarter. He faced a good amount of pressure from the Ravens, but he showed pocket awareness throughout the game. He was able to move the pocket on several occasions and was smart enough to throw the ball away if his receivers weren't open. He did struggle with his accuracy in the second quarter and was lucky that he didn't throw an interception at one point. He missed a wide open Travis Benjamin at the beginning of the second quarter, throwing the pass too low. Benjamin had to go to the ground to attempt the catch but wasn't able to secure the ball. He took a big shot on the next pass attempt, which went in Benjamin's direction again. The pass was far off the mark due to the rushed throw. McCown did throw an interception on a really poorly thrown ball, but it was called back after Baltimore was flagged for roughing the passer. McCown took a few shots down the field including one to Andrew Hawkins in the end zone which he overthrew. It would have been hard to make the completion as Hawkins was covered closely. McCown then took a sack on third down after that pass, forcing the team to settle for a field goal. McCown continues to show nice chemistry with Gary Barnidge in the middle of the field and found his tight end often on third downs to extend plays. He made a beautiful throw on the run to Barnidge in the third quarter to convert a third down. Later in the quarter, McCown took advantage of a huge hole on the left side of the line to rush for a 10-yard touchdown. McCown hit Taylor Gabriel with a deep 56-yard pass in the beginning of the fourth quarter. It was a well-placed ball that could have been a touchdown if he had led Gabriel just a bit more. McCown's first touchdown pass of the game came on a play where he was under a lot of pressure. Both of his touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter. On the first on, he just threw the ball up to Gary Barnidge, who made a phenomenal catch between his legs. His second touchdown pass of the game went to Isaiah Crowell in the flat. Crowell turned the pass into a touchdown with an excellent run after the catch. With the game on the line, McCown was masterful in overtime. He was calm and collected in the pocket and was firing accurate passes while marching his team down the field for the game winning field goal.
2015 Week 6 vs DEN (20 / 39 / 213 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
The Denver defense made life miserable for McCown throughout the game, hitting him hard and forcing him into three turnovers. He mixed in some great passes with spotty accuracy, missing his receivers with easy throws at times. Some of his inaccuracy can be attributed to Denver's pass rush. His first interception, a throw that was picked off by Aqib Talib, was just a bad decision by McCown. He targeted Travis Benjamin on the right sideline, but Talib jumped the route for an easy pick. McCown started the second half looking much more decisive with the football. His first pass hit Gary Barnidge for a 14-yard gain. McCown showed great touch on his first touchdown pass of the game to Barnidge. It came on a fade route in the back right corner of the end zone as Barnidge beat linebacker Danny Trevathan for the 11-yard score. McCown later fumbled when he was blindsided by a pass rusher who came in unblocked. It's hard to put the blame on McCown for that turnover. He did take advantage of a free play as he found Travis Benjamin for a 47-yard gain after he got Denver to jump offside before the snap. On his second touchdown pass he hit Barnidge on a post route for a 14-yard score. McCown's second interception came with the team close to field goal range on a terrible decision where he heaved a ball off his back foot into heavy coverage. He was under heavy pressure, but the throw was inexcusable nonetheless. In overtime, the Browns went three-and-out on their only possession. McCown didn't have a chance to get much done as he took two sacks, including one where he should have thrown the ball away.
2015 Week 7 vs LA (26 / 32 / 270 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)
cCown did not have a great game, fumbling twice on strip sacks and holding onto the ball too long several times. The first fumble came in the first quarter where he simply did not make a quick enough decision with the ball. The Rams defense was in the backfield on several drop backs in the game, effectively giving the play zero chance to succeed. On the team's first field goal in the second quarter, McCown was only able to keep the drive from stalling out because Rams had two consecutive penalties on third down to gift-wrap a first down for the Browns. McCown was unable to lead the team for a touchdown on the drive, as he couldn't find an open receiver on third-and-two. McCown was hit as he threw in the fourth quarter and spent some time down on the turf, but he remained in the game for the time being. Soon thereafter, McCown targeted Taylor Gabriel on a deep ball which was knocked away by Trumaine Johnson. Two plays later, McCown was sacked from behind and lost his second fumble. After the fumble, McCown left the game with what is being called a shoulder injury. He was also checked for a concussion after the game, but was cleared. His status for next week is unknown at this time.
2015 Week 8 vs ARI (18 / 34 / 211 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 18 / 0 rush)
McCown took a beating in this game, as he was hit hard several times. At one point in the third quarter it looked like he would leave the game after taking a shot to the ribs and chest, but he remained on the field. The Browns had been moving the ball well until McCown took the hit to his ribs and struggled to get much going afterwards. It was clear that McCown was hurting as he was wincing after some throws and slow to get up at times. In the first quarter, he almost threw an interception in the end zone as he forced a throw to Gary Barnidge. Tyrann Mathieu was unable to reel in the pass for the pick, however. McCown bounced back on the next play as he completed his first touchdown pass to Brian Hartline on a post route. McCown made a perfect pass in a spot where Mathieu couldn't reach it. McCown's second touchdown pass went to favorite red zone target Gary Barnidge on a beautifully executed back shoulder fade. Later in the second quarter, McCown missed Taylor Gabriel on what would have been a touchdown pass as he threw the ball too wide for Gabriel to bring in. McCown made up for the errant pass on the next play, hooking up with Brian Hartline for a two-yard touchdown. The second half of the game was a different story as McCown struggled to move the offense. It is very possible the struggles were a result of the shot to the chest and rib area that McCown took as he was less effective delivering passes from that point forward. He fumbled once on a hit where he rolled to his right but then turned back to the left, directly into a defender's hands. His lone interception in the game came in the end zone when he forced a pass into double coverage. The intended target was Taylor Gabriel.
2015 Week 12 vs BAL (21 / 38 / 212 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
McCown's offensive line struggled with blitz pickup for much of the first quarter and parts of the second, forcing many quick, inaccurate passes from McCown during the early parts of the game. He often had a defender in his face before he even completed his drop back. He settled down as the second quarter went on as the protection improved slightly, leading the team on a touchdown-scoring drive. On the drive, he took an end zone shot to Gary Barnidge, but the pass was thrown too high. McCown rebounded and made a great play for a touchdown to cap off the drive. He saw heavy pressure, almost took off to run up the middle, reversed field back to the left and then hit Marlon Moore for the score. He had several chances for a second touchdown pass on the final drive before halftime, but missed Travis Benjamin twice. He also could have had a touchdown completion to Duke Johnson, but Johnson was hit before ball got there on what should have been a pass interference call. McCown struggled to move the team in the third quarter. He threw a ball that could have been intercepted on his first pass of the half and another one on the team's second drive that was dropped by the defender. McCown took a huge hit at the end of the third quarter and stuck around to make two more throws while in obvious pain before being replaced by Austin Davis. He suffered broken right collarbone and is done for the season.
2014 Week 1 vs CAR (22 / 35 / 183 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown turned in an average performance featuring many short timing routes that resulted in a measly 5.3 yards per passing attempt average. McCown did find the end zone twice on the day, however. The first touchdown came on what looked to be blown coverage. From the 19 yard line, the Bucs lined up in shotgun formation with Chris Owusu split out to the left. At the snap, Owusu ran a streak route down the left sideline. The Panthers looked to be in cover 2 zone under because the corner back attempted to jam Owusu, but stayed in the flat once he'd gone by. The safety, who is usually responsible for a deep half of the field was preoccupied with a receiver running an underneath route. The corner couldn't sink fast enough and the safety couldn't converge to the sideline, either. McCown lofted the ball and dropped it perfectly in between the two closing defenders. It seemed as though McCown got the safety to creep up towards the crossing route by focusing his eyes there before going to Owusu. The second touchdown pass came on a check down to running back Bobby Rainey. From the 6-yard line, McCown dropped back and quickly went through his progressions before settling on Rainey, who ran an angle route out of the backfield and was left uncovered for the easy touchdown. Unfortunately, McCown also added two interceptions to his stat line. Both were absolutely bonehead decisions that could have been completely avoided. The first interception came on a strong-I formation under center. McCown took the snap and attempted to throw an immediate bubble screen to Mike Evans. As he cocked back, the ball slipped out of his hands and fluttered behind his back. The ball took a clean bounce off the turf, so McCown caught the ball on the bounce and attempted to throw the pass anyway. The defense had already converged on Mike Evans, not to mention he got blasted as he threw, causing the ball to pop in the air for an easy Roman Harper interception. His second interception also came from the I-formation under center. McCown had a ton of pressure that he nearly avoided but eventually was wrapped up by a Panthers' defender. As McCown was being whipped to the ground, he carelessly floated a pass down field right into the hands of Antoine Cason. Overall, McCown looked very Glennon-esque. He appeared fairly indecisive in the pocket, mostly settled for easy second and third reads, and made a few costly errors that could have been avoided.
2014 Week 2 vs STL (16 / 21 / 179 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 2 rush)
McCown had a pedestrian performance through the air against the Rams on Sunday. However, the veteran did make the most of his opportunities on the ground scoring two rushing touchdowns. The first touchdown came early in the first quarter on a shotgun formation from the 5-yard line. McCown dropped back and went through three reads. He recognized the defensive players all had their backs turned running with their receivers. As the pocket collapsed around him, McCown stepped up and decided to run the ball himself. Just before reaching the line of scrimmage, he pump faked to freeze the only linebacker that had a shot at the tackle before waltzing into the endzone for six. He scored his second rushing touchdown by design. The Buccaneers had just ripped off a monster gain down to the Rams 1-yard line. McCown hurried the entire team down to the goal line. The Rams entire front was prepared to attack the middle of the line of scrimmage as they assumed either a quarterback sneak or an iso play run between the center and guard. At the snap, McCown faked an isolation hand-off to Bobby Rainey and bootlegged around the corner. He went in untouched as the entire defense crashed toward the play fake. That's where the highlights ended for McCown however. He threw a costly interception in the red zone early in the second quarter. At the drop back, the Rams got tremendous from the left side of the line forcing McCown to roll right. The best decision would have been to toss it into the first row, but McCown tried to fit the ball in to Vincent Jackson running a deep cross on the goal line. The ball was severely underthrown and even the underneath defender had to dive to the ground to make the interception. A positive about McCown's day can be found in his yards per attempt. Last week he averaged a mere 5.3 yards per pass attempt as the Bucs called cautious quick-hitters that didn't allow him to fire down field often. This week, McCown upped that average to almost 9 yards per attempt. He hit Vincent Jackson late in the game on a beautifully thrown ball. Jackson was manned up one-on-one. McCown lofted a touch pass out of the reach of the defender only where Jackson could jump up and snag it. He also hit Mike Evans for a monster 29-yard gain. On what would be the final play of the game, McCown stood strong in the pocket with good footwork. He stepped up and slung the ball into a crowd. The ball found it's way into Mike Evans' hands for a big gain. This ended the drive however, because Evans suffered an injury on the play which required a 10 second runoff with the clock only at :08.
2014 Week 3 vs ATL (5 / 12 / 58 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown left the game with an injury to his finger after bashing on a rushing defenders helmet on his follow through. Before he left the game he was completely out of sync with his receivers. Throwing the ball high, low, left, right but very rarely on target. He also forced a good deal of his twelve attempts. On a comeback route, he forced a ball high to Vincent Jackson that resulted in Jackson leaping high over three defenders and getting up-ended and nearly injured. McCown's only highlight in about 20 minutes of game action came on a pass to Mike Evans. McCown took the snap from under center, executed a five-step drop and bombed a ball to Evans who ran a 9-route straight down the sideline. The ball fell just over the outstretched hands of a defender and into Evans arms for a 36 yards completion. Other than that throw, McCown failed to move the ball at all. He came under pressure often, which aided in forcing poor throws. At the time of this write up, it's not certain how long the injury to McCown's finger will impact his playing time.
2014 Week 10 vs ATL (27 / 43 / 301 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 39 / 0 rush)
The Buccaneers' quarterback wasn't as up and down as his stat-line suggests. One of his interceptions was a beautiful diving catch in the end zone by Dwight Lowery, who caught the rebound of a well-tipped target from cornerback Robert Alford late in this contest when the game was still in hand. McCown demonstrated rapport and aggressiveness on the perimeter with his receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, giving them opportunities to win targets with their size and athleticism. The biggest issue was the offensive line containing pressure from Atlanta's defense, which has been a rarity this season. The Buccaeneers gave up four sacks in this game and forced McCown to break the pocket. Unlike Mike Glennon, McCown has the athleticism to run, and the Tampa quarterback gained 39 yards on 5 attempts, which kept this game close until the end. McCown sustained a back injury on one scramble to the sideline in the second half, but he was able to return to the game after getting checked at the training table and talking his way back to the field. McCown brought the Buccaneers within five yards cutting a 10-point lead to a field goal's difference after a fine pitch and catch to Evans up the sideline, but ultimately the Falcons anticipated one too many a fade route to Evans and earn the second interception to essentially seal this game.
2014 Week 11 vs WAS (15 / 23 / 288 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
McCown turned in a stellar second half performance to lead the Bucs to an impressive road win over the Redskins. In the first half, McCown struggles to get things going. He didn't look in sync with his receivers. McCown didn't seem to go through his progressions, locking on to his first target and forcing throws. In the second half he did a better job reading coverage and finding the open receiver. He connected with Mike Evans for two touchdowns after halftime. The first came from a single-back set in which he motioned Evans to the left side. At the snap he did an incredible job of looking off the deep safety who shifted to the right side of the field. He then bumped quick to Evans who was running a streak down the left sideline, then fired a high arching deep ball that fell into Evans waiting arms as he crossed the goal line. McCown completely set up the play by looking off the safety and pumping to Evans. It was one of the best throws I've seen a Buccaneers QB make all year. The second touchdown pass to Evans was about as easy as it gets. McCown quickly recognized that a middle linebacker was in single coverage with Mike Evans as he raced down the middle of the field. He waited a split second for Evans to blow by and launched a pass deep to Evans who was running a post. Evans caught it in stride and waltzed easily into the end zone. McCown did a great job of recognizing beatable matchups all game long. He found Vincent Jackson on two out routes in single coverage, throwing the ball to a spot where only Jackson could make a play. He also did an excellent job of checking the ball down to Charles Sims when he was in trouble. The first half and second half were very different. McCown really pulled himself together and went through his reads and exploited matchups in the second half, but also made sure to check down when everyone was covered. In the first half he was erratic and forced throws to his two main targets, Jackson and Evans. Overall, it was the most efficient mistake-free game played by a Tampa quarterback all year.
2014 Week 12 vs CHI (25 / 48 / 341 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
The narrative of McCown returning to Soldier Field and beating up on the team that let him go did not come to fruition this weekend. McCown only completed just above 50% of his passes on the day, but did go over the 300 yard mark. The lone bright spot to his day came on a 19-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Mike Evans. The Buccaneers were in the shotgun and the Bears corners came up in press coverage. At the snap, McCown stares down the center of the field and draws both safeties towards the hashes. The Bears were in Cover-2 man under which left Mike Evans one-on-one. McCown threw a nicely placed fade ball to the end zone into a wide open Evans arms. The initial look to the middle of the field drew Chris Conte out of position and Evans just flat out beat his corner down the sideline which allowed McCown to drop in his only touchdown pass of the game. For many of McCown's throws on the day, he looked to be out of sync with his receivers. On the first drive, he almost threw a pick six when he slung a back shoulder ball to Mike Evans who was running a post. The Bears defenders slips and only gets a finger on the ball. On another play late in the second quarter, McCown doesn't go through his progressions correctly. At the snap, he waits and waits for Vincent Jackson to come open, then delivers a terrible floater from his back foot that is almost intercepted. A closer look at the play shows Louis Murphy uncovered on a busted assignment from the Bears. If McCown had progressed through his reads, he could have had a second touchdown. Many of the mistakes were not McCown's fault however as the Bears got pressure with their front four down lineman all game. They hurried him numerous times and also were able to sack him five times. As far as turnovers are concerned, McCown threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on the day. The first came midway through the first quarter on a ball McCown should have never thrown. The ball was intended for Seferian-Jenkins, who was double covered. At the snap McCown was hurried, he attempted to toss the ball to ASJ as he was being drilled, which caused the ball to float high and into the arms of a waiting Chris Conte. The player at fault for McCown's second interception is debateable. The ball was intercepted on a check down to Charles Sims. Sims came out of the backfield and ran a quick hitch over the middle. McCown sailed the pass high over Sims head, but Sims was able to get his hands on it. It bounced out of Sims leaping grasp and dropped right into the arms of a Bears defender. McCown absolutely should have been more accurate on the 5-yard route out of the backfield, but Sims made things worse by having it bounce off his hands. Overall, McCown reverted back to very mediocre play after coming off a game in which he was fairly effective. He made poor throws, was not on the same page as his receivers, and forced balls when he was hurried.
2014 Week 13 vs CIN (15 / 29 / 190 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown turned in a very below average performance against the Bengals on Sunday. The flow of the game dictated that McCown throw the ball much less than Bucs' quarterbacks have been used to in the past few weeks. He completed less than 50% of his attempts while throwing an interception. On the interception, the Bengals brought pressure which caused McCown to have to maneuver his way around the pocket. After side stepping a few defenders, McCown unloaded to Vincent Jackson who ran a hitch the the first down sticks. Defensive back Terrance Newman knew the Bengals were blitzing so he sat on the quick throw to Jackson. He jumped right in front of Jackson and picked the ball clean. McCown made the mistake of thinking he could laser one in to Jackson, but Newman jumped the hot route. Due to the fact that the Bucs didn't fall behind early, the run-pass ratio was much more balanced than usual. In previous games this year, the Bucs have thrown the ball excessively trying to keep pace with teams that had jumped out to an early lead on them. The Bucs had a tackle report as eligible often during the game as well, meaning they were using a heavy package to try to run the ball in this game. The Bucs even threw their backs more often than usual in the passing game. Bucs' running backs saw seven receptions to wide receivers eight. Unlike most weeks when McCown or Glennon are checking down to backs, there were a slew of designed passes to the back on Sunday. McCown hit Bobby Rainey on a pump left, screen right play that got Sims a long 21-yard gain. Overall, McCown looked shaky making decisions quickly. He threw a few balls into coverage that could have been intercepted, though they weren't. The Bengals did a good job of getting pressure and forcing McCown to get rid of the ball before he wanted to, which was the case on the interception thrown to Newman. Due to the Buccaneers keeping it close for the entire game, the called a ton of safe pass plays for McCown. In between handing the ball off, McCown was throwing short-to-intermediate hitches, out routes, and screens, which resulted in a very pedestrian stat line.
2014 Week 14 vs DET (20 / 39 / 250 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
McCown continued his erratic play against the stout Lions defense on Sunday. At times, McCown made plays at the level of an all-pro quarterback, but he also turned the ball over at very inopportune moments in the game. McCown tossed two touchdowns, both to rookie Mike Evans. The first came from five yards out. McCown lined up in the gun with Evans matched up one on one to the left. At the snap McCown, looks to Evans as his first read and takes a quick 3-step drop and fires to Evans who ran a 7-yard hitch. He threw the ball fairly high to avoid the defender, but Evans ability to shield allowed for an easy catch. The second touchdown pass was a much more difficult hook up. At the snap, McCown read that the Lions were in cover-2, meaning he'd have a hole to fit the ball in to Evans down the sideline. He launched a high-arching back shoulder ball to Evans that was beyond the underneath corner and out of reach for the converging safety. Evans made a great play trapping the ball against his elbow for the score. The ball was thrown perfectly, if Evans didn't make the catch, there was no way any Lions defender was either, which is the exact type of throw McCown needed to make there. McCown also turned the ball over three times, once on a lost sack-fumble and two interceptions. The first interception came on a ball in the end zone that should have never been thrown. The Buccaneers were lined up in a trips left formation with Vincent Jackson on the inside. McCown stared Jackson down the whole time at the snap. Jackson actually beat his man over the middle, but McCown didn't recognize the Lions' safety sitting and waiting to make a play. All three players met at the ball at around the same time, popping it straight into the air and into the arms of a defender. This was a costly error as it took points off the board with a forced throw. The second interception was less of McCown's fault as it was an out route to Mike Evans that was a good throw but nicked by a defender which cause the ball to carom past the players and into the arms of a sliding Glover Quin. McCown should have had three interceptions as he threw a pass right to a Lions defender later in the game, who let it go right through his arms to Mike Evans for a sideline tip-toe catch. McCown played surprisingly well at times considering the competition and pressure that the defensive line got on him. He made some incredibly accurate throws to Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, but he also forced passes into coverage, stared down receivers, and didn't progress through his reads at times. Overall, it was another run of the mill day for McCown. A rollercoaster ride of great throws, poor throws, and turnovers. The Lions' defensive front did get a ton of pressure in certain spots which caused the poor decisions on McCown's part. McCown had the Buccaneers within striking distance for most of the game, but in the end he couldn't get the job at the hands of the costly interceptions and fumbles.
2014 Week 15 vs CAR (13 / 28 / 154 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 21 / 1 rush)
McCown underwhelmed against a pourus Carolina secondary that has stepped up their play in recent weeks. He was under 50% completion percentage and also threw an interception and lost two fumbles. McCown did have a few bright moments on the day including an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans early in the first half. The Buccaneers were lined up in a single-back set. At the snap, McCown took a quick three-step drop and lobbed the ball high to Evans on a fade route. The ball was thrown perfectly for Evans as it was high and only catchable by Evans. Evans had to leap and drag his toes at the end of the play, making a terrific catch. If the ball had been thrown any where else, the Panthers would have probably been able to intercept the pass as coverage was tight on the inside. McCown also miraculously scored on a scramble play that looked like he was about to take a big hit twice. Late in the game with the Bucs trailing, McCown dropped back to pass in a spread formation. The pocket collapsed on McCown, who stepped up and continued to look down field, but had to take off. As he crossed the line of scrimmage, three linebackers converged on McCown. It looked as though he may slide to avoid the hit, but he stayed up right and juked the Panthers defenders. He was hit low as he crossed the goal line and flipped into the end zone for the score. McCown's lone interception came on the last play of the game. Down two points and backed up near their own end zone with only 15 seconds to go in the game, Luke Kuechly sealed the game with a pick. McCown was pressured again, rolling out to his right to avoid a hit. He threw a desperation heave about 40 yards down field off his back foot into a crowd of receivers and defenders. Unluckily for McCown, Kuechly was the player to come up with the pass. Overall, the game flow didn't require McCown to throw a bunch of passes. With a backup quarterback, the Panthers didn't put many points on the board either, so this game had the feel of a ground and pound, long-possesion game. The Bucs had a fairly even run/pass ratio, running the ball 23 times compared to 28 passes. In prior weeks, the trend for the Bucs has been to air it out, however this week they relied less on McCown. Despite accounting for the Bucs only two touchdowns, McCown didn't do enough to sustain long drives on third down. While he looked fairly comfortable in the pocket, going through his reads and stepping into his throws, he just wasn't accurate enough to hit his receivers.
2014 Week 16 vs GB (12 / 26 / 147 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown had a very below average outing against the Packers on Sunday. McCown averaged under six yards per attempt while being sacked seven times and throwing an interception. The interception came on a bonehead play. As McCown dropped back to throw, the pocket collapsed around him so he naturally stepped up to avoid the outside rush. As he was being wrapped up he attempted to shovel the ball forward to avoid the sack instead of taking the two yard loss. The ball was easily intercepted by Datone Jones. The turnover proved to be rather meaningless as it came in the final minutes of the game with the Bucs down three scores, nonetheless it was a mistake that McCown could have easily avoided. Overall, Green Bay dominated time of possession which didn't allow McCown to get into any type of rhythm offensively. The Bucs only ran 40 total plays and had the ball for just over twenty minutes. Many of McCown's passes were speculative. The ball was thrown in the direction of a receiver, but it seemed as though the precision needed was not there. The Packers did a great job of pressuring McCown all day. Many of his throws came on the run or fading backwards with defenders in his face. Two throws in particular that stood out on tape were a go route to Mike Evans in which he broke off the route and the ball McCown threw sailed high and wide. On the same drive, Vincent Jackson runs a hitch, but McCown throws an out to the sideline which lands fifteen feet from Jackson. The only highlight reel type play in the entire game for the Bucs offense came on a shotgun throw from McCown. As he took a five-step drop, the Packers got to him from the edge. Just before he got ripped down, he threw a high fade to Vincent Jackson streaking down the right sideline. Jackson made a leaping catch between a few defenders that had good coverage. Overall, McCown didn't have the time to get into a rhythm offensively. The Bucs were barely on the field and when they were the Packers front four created so much pressure he had a hard time standing in and setting his feet to make good throws. As a result, he had his worst game of the season and the Bucs failed to get into the end zone.
2014 Week 17 vs NO (14 / 23 / 115 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
McCown wasn't asked to shoulder much of the workload on Sunday against the Saints. The Bucs attempted to take advantage of a porous Saints run defense and an early lead by pounding the ball on the ground for much of the game. McCown attempted just 23 passes compared to 39 rush attempts. When the Buccaneers did drop back to throw, McCown made safe short throws to his receivers. He didn't take many shots down field in a game they tried to manage with a two score lead. McCown did connect with Mike Evans on a touchdown. McCown took a shotgun snap and immediately recognized an all out blitz and his receivers alone in man coverage. With the middle of the field vacated due to the blitz, McCown took a three-step drop and just heaved a floater to the middle of the field. Evans ran an in-route, beating his man inside and slid to catch the floater. McCown threw one interception on the day that was no fault of his own. Wide receiver Tavarres King beat his man on a slant route, McCown put the ball on him, just a tad behind him, but King ended up batting the ball behind him and right into the arms of a Saints defender that had been badly beaten in coverage. McCown also gave up a safety in the end zone. On a play that you don't normally see from a professional quarterback. McCown took a snap from his own 3-yard line and sat in the pocket with zero awareness that a Saints defender was coming untouched. The defender blasted McCown and had him on the ground in the end zone before McCown knew what hit him. Overall, the game flow against the Saints allowed McCown to do something he was unfamiliar with this season, hand the ball off. Overall, McCown had his usual day of ups and downs. He made some very nice throws, stepping up in the pocket and delivering the ball on a dime. Specifically, he made a beautiful throw on an out route to Mike Evans. At the snap, he knew immediately by the coverage Evans would get separation. He threw a pass to Evans near the sideline that only Evans could make a play on, despite the defender having decent coverage. He wasn't asked to make many difficult throws or force throws because Tampa lead for a large portion of the game.
2013 Week 7 vs WAS (14 / 20 / 204 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 33 / 0 rush)
When McCown came into the game, no one expected much. The Bears were struggling on offense and McCown wasn't exactly a hot commodity this summer when teams were looking for a backup. Yet on his first snap after Jay Cutler went down, when the pocket collapsed, McCown took off and dove forward for an 11 yard gain. It wasn't the smartest play, but he wasn't going to just roll over either. McCown had just one other possession in the first half, and it was to take a knee so they could go into the locker room. In the second half though, McCown came out and led his team down the field. He looked a little tentative at times, and held on to the ball too long a couple times, but the Bears were able to get into field goal range where Robbie Gould missed his first kick of the season - a 34 yarder just a bit to the right of the goal post. On the next series, McCown completed two quick passes for 30 yards, including a nice 22 yard catch and run to Alshon Jeffery. On the third play of the drive, Matt Forte took an inside handoff 50 yards untouched for a score and the dogfight was on. On the next series, McCown began by scrambling after being flushed out of the pocket. This time he slid for a 13 yard gain. Two plays later, he laid a perfect pass to Alshon Jeffery down the right side of the field for a big 28 yard gain. Brandon Meriweather helped with an unnecessary roughness penalty that sent Jeffery to the sideline but the Bears were able to punch it in at the start of the 4th quarter to tie the game again. Jeffery was back for the next series and McCown found him on a nice 20 yard pass down the right side again. Matt Forte was able to get the Bears down into scoring position, but the drive stalled and they had to settle for a field goal. With under 7:00 minutes to play, McCown hit two big passes in a row - a 28 yard catch and run to Brandon Marshall where Marshall was able to get great separation on his break and run away from the defense. On the next play, McCown hit Alshon Jeffery on a deep post. The defender went for the big hit rather than the tackle though, and Jeffery was able to avoid the impact and run for a big 35 yard gain. McCown hit Earl Bennett for a TD pass on the next play but it was called back for an illegal formation. After Brandon Marshall was pounded by Meriweather in the end zone, McCown found Martellus Bennett for the first time of the day for a TD that gave the Bears a short lead. It was for nothing though as the defense gave up another score and McCown ended the game with two check down passes and a sack as time expired.
2013 Week 9 vs GB (22 / 41 / 272 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 20 / 0 rush)
Most people expected Green Bay to give backup QB Josh McCown a nightmare in this game. Yet McCown came into the game poised and ready to play. He worked most of the game from the shotgun, didn't try to do too much, and worked his progressions well, finding the open receiver when he needed to and in one case, taking off for a big run when he couldn't find anyone open. Right out of the gate, McCown came out throwing. He hit Brandon Marshall on a square in for 12 yards and two plays later, found Marshall again on a crossing route for a 19 yard catch and run. In fact, the first six plays of the game were pass attempts, and after a short four yard run from Matt Forte, McCown faced a heavy blitz from the Packers on 3rd and 6. McCown hung tough, stepped up and lofted a pass deep down the right side of the field where Brandon Marshall was working one-on-one. Marshall was held, yet still managed to come up with a great catch and put the Bears up right off of the opening drive. In the second quarter, McCown wanted to go deep, but the receivers were covered well. After going through his progressions, he found Matt Forte open over the middle and dumped the ball to him for a nice 30 yard catch and run. Two plays later McCown found Martellus Bennett on a medium crossing route, and hit him in stride. The big tight end rumbled 27 yards down to the one yard line, and Matt Forte scored two plays later. On the final drive of the first half, McCown took the Bears from their own one yard line all the way down the field before the drive stalled on the Green Bay six. On a key 3rd and 9 though, McCown took off around the left end after the play broke down and time was running out. McCown cocked his arm to throw it, but thought better, pulled it down and scrambled up the field for a bit 20 yard gain that gave the Bears 1st and goal from the six. They eventually settled for a field goal just before the half. In the second half, the Bears were a bit more conservative, running the ball with Forte a lot more than passing with McCown but they eventually fell behind and the Bears had to come back. On the final drive of the third quarter, McCown drove them down the field again, giving them first and goal at the six yard line. After a near miss attempt to Brandon Marshall, McCown found Alshon Jeffery working one-on-one to the right side of the end zone and hit him with a strike, throwing the ball high enough for Jeffery to go up and come down with it. In the 4th quarter, McCown managed to stay clean, not forcing the ball into coverage and happy to take what the defense gave him. He took the Bears on a long sustained drive from their 11 yard line, driving them 80 yards and chewing up almost nine minutes of game time, including the two minute warning and all three of Green Bay's time outs. The Robbie Gould field goal sealed the win for McCown and the Bears.
2013 Week 10 vs DET (6 / 9 / 62 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown came in for the final series of the game because Jay Cutler was hurting and ineffective. McCown didn't take a single snap with the first team this week, but stepped in and led the team down the field for a touchdown and put them in position to tie the game and send it to overtime. McCown's first pass fell short of Earl Bennett but his second pass connected for a nice 8 yard catch and run. However, the Lions were flagged for a helmet to helmet hit on McCown on the play and that added another 15 yards. McCown wasn't rattled, though and kept the team moving despite strong pressure from the Lions. McCown didn't blink an eye when Alshon Jeffery went out of bounds just short of the first down on 3rd and 13. He lined up on 4th and 1 and hit Brandon Marshall on a quick slant for a big 15 yard gain. He hit Jeffery on the next play with a 13 yard come-back, where Jeffery was able to get out of bounds and stop the clock after getting the first down. On 3rd and 6 from the Detroit 11, McCown was under pressure, but stepped up and rifled a pass to the left side where Brandon Marshall was working one-on-one. Marshall out--muscled his defender to gain position and made the catch to bring the Bears to within two points. However, the Bears had two chances to convert for two points and the game ended with that touchdown drive.
2013 Week 11 vs BAL (19 / 31 / 216 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown faced a pretty tough situation this week against the Ravens. The field conditions were terrible and the wind and rain had a huge impact when the ball was in the air. In fact, the Bears didn't even attempt a pass in the third quarter. But McCown showed poise and kept things simple; staying close until the 4th quarter when he really came alive and helped the Bears win the game in overtime. Through three quarters of play, McCown stayed clean, keeping the offense simple and not throwing any interceptions. He finished the first half with just 84 yards passing. In the 4th quarter and overtime though, McCown really came through for the Bears. He opened the quarter with a nice 15 yard catch and run to Alshon Jeffery on 3rd and 6. It was a crossing route and the defense lost track of him in the bunch formation. McCown hit Brandon Marshall on the next play with a perfect 15 yard square out where Marshall kept his toes in bounds and made the big catch. Two plays later, he hit Jeffery on a 15 yard curl that could have been a bigger gain but Jeffery slipped as he turned to break up field and lost his footing. Three plays later on 2nd and 11, McCown dumped it to Matt Forte when the deeper receivers were covered. Forte got great down-field blocking and powered his way into the end zone after breaking 3 tackles and dragging a defender with him. In overtime, McCown hit Jeffery on a key 3rd and 9 - it was the same crossing route that the Ravens blew in the 4th quarter and again Jeffery was wide open for a 15 yard catch and run. On the next play, McCown had great protection and hit Martellus Bennett as he broke straight up the right hash mark for a big 44 yard gain. McCown threw it high where the big 6'8" TE was able to use his size and athleticism to come down with a big catch, setting up the game winning field goal.
2013 Week 12 vs STL (36 / 47 / 352 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown was under constant pressure from the St. Louis front four, but he hung tough and delivered some key throws in this game. He was frequently pressured and had to step out of the pocket, or scamper before making a throw to an open guy, only to be pounded to the turf after he let go of the ball. He had a couple incompletions on the day where the defense hit him as he threw the ball, and it fell short of the intended receiver. The fumble late in the 4th quarter was another case where the defense beat the offensive line and was able to chop the ball out of his hands as he went to throw it. In general though, McCown kept the offense moving and worked the short and medium passes to perfection, setting a franchise record with 36 completions in a single game. In the first quarter, McCown had a series of short, crisp passes that were completed for minimal gains, but kept the chains moving. On Chicago's second series (the first ended in a fumble on the first carry), McCown capped the drive with a one yard TD pass to Martellus Bennett. Bennett was working one-on-one on the left side, ran to the one yard line, turned around and the ball was there. Bennett out-muscled the smaller defender to push the ball across the goal line, giving Chicago their first TD of the game. McCown opened the second quarter with a shot dump to Matt Forte on 3rd and 2. Forte made the first defender miss, and broke the ball up field for a big 12 yard gain. It was his longest pass of the day to that point. On the next series, after McCown was flagged for intentional grounding, the Bears faced 3rd and 22. McCown threw a jump-ball down the left sideline to Brandon Marshall and it was intercepted. However, the Rams were flagged for Illegal contact and the Bears were given another chance. Several plays later, the Bears faced 3rd and 2, and the Rams blitzed. McCown rolled out and as being chased, but flipped the ball to Brandon Marshall in between three defenders for an 11 yard gain and a 1st down. On the next play, McCown threw a perfect pass to Martellus Bennett on a crossing route. McCown dropped the ball over the line-backers, in front of the safety and Bennett made the catch in stride, tearing up the defense for a big 37 yard gain. The drive led to 2nd and goal from the 3 - where Marshall lined up on the left side, cut across the goal line toward the middle, then suddenly wheeled and broke back to the Pylon. McCown hit him on his outside shoulder, where the defender had no chance to make the play and Marshall had Chicago's second TD of the game. In the third, McCown continued to work the short and medium passing game, before hitting Brandon Marshall on back to back 20+ yard completions. The first was a deep crossing route where Marshall was able to go up big and make the catch. The second was a broken play where McCown was under pressure, scrambled, directed Marshall to the open field and then hit him in stride for a 23 yard catch and run. However, the drive ended shortly after that and Chicago wasn't able to score. In the 4th quarter, McCown completed all 12 of his first 12 passes, including three back-to-back-back plays to Earl Bennett just before the two minute warning. However, his 13th pass was a short slant to Alshon Jeffery and it was picked off when the defender jumped the route, essentially ending the game for Chicago.
2013 Week 13 vs MIN (23 / 36 / 355 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown had a solid game for the Bears, despite the fact that they eventually lost the game. McCown continued to do a fantastic job filling in for Jay Cutler, making solid throws, keeping the offense moving and taking advantage of big plays when they were available. The Vikings frequently blitzed and with a little extra help blocking, McCown was able to find the open man, making several nice throws when he had time. However, he and the Bears couldn't consistently convert on third down, and the 2 of 11 rate eventually cost them the game. The opening drive of the game ended with a tipped pass on 3rd and 1. The second drive died on 3rd and 9 with a pass that was just out of reach of Martellus Bennett. The third drive ended with a 16 yard catch and run on 3rd and 18. At least Chicago was able to get three points on that drive. Both the fourth and fifth drive ended in similar fashion, with another field goal giving them six points for the half. In the third quarter, McCown made some big-time throws to Alshon Jeffery, leading to two big scores and finally putting the Bears up by 10 going into the 4th quarter. The passes were solid throws, and Jeffery is clearly a solid talent who made great catches both times. McCown threw a beautiful stove-pipe type pass to Matt Forte late in the third as well, where the defender had no chance despite solid coverage and Forte was able haul in the pass for a 26 yard gain. However, in the 4th quarter, the conversions began to fall short again. McCown missed a short slant to Brandon Marshall on 3rd and 4. On the next series, he tried to shovel pass to Matt Forte to avoid a sack, and the ball was tipped back to Kyle Long who was then stripped, giving the Vikings the ball deep in Chicago territory. On the next series, McCown didn't attempt a pass and the Bears were stopped twice needing only 1 yard for the first down. After a big return from Devin Hester with the game tied, McCown took a sack to start the desperation drive and the Bears elected to try a 66 yard field goal rather than risk throwing a long bomb. In overtime, Chicago's first possession ended with a sack and strip, where McCown had the ball knocked out of his hands on 3rd and 11. On the final possession of the game, Matt Forte carried them into position, but Robbie Gould couldn't come up with the game winning field goal. McCown's lack of overall success was probably due to the strong pressure from the Vikings from the edge and from the blitz. Yet the Bears turned in a ton of points and had some great plays in the third quarter, only to come up short in the end and lose the game.
2013 Week 14 vs DAL (27 / 36 / 348 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)
Josh McCown took full advantage of a battered Dallas defense, and basically picked the Cowboys apart the entire game. McCown took what the Cowboys were giving him, avoided the pressure with smart check downs, and pushed the ball deep every time the Cowboys tried to stack the box against the run. On their only drive of the first quarter, McCown found Earl Bennett all alone in the end zone on third and goal from the four. Bennett lined up in the slot, ran into the end zone and turned around. The Dallas defense completely ignored him, and there wasn't a Cowboy within 3 yards of him when he made the touchdown catch. On Chicago's next drive, McCown led them down the field and again faced a key third and goal from the seven yard line. McCown dropped back to pass, but when the defense also dropped into coverage, McCown stepped up in the pocket, and then slipped through the lineup the middle. He scampered seven yards, slipping one tackle before diving into the end zone, taking a hard hit but holding on to the ball for the touchdown run. McCown led the Bears to a field goal on the next drive, and took over Chicago's final possession of the first half with less than a minute to play. McCown completed three of his first four passes, and with 17 seconds to go, had Chicago at the Dallas 25 yard line. McCown basically threw a jump ball to Alshon Jeffery in the back right corner of the end zone. Jeffery put his big arms up, and made a great catch over two defenders, getting both feet into the end zone as he came down, giving Chicago a 24-14 lead at the half. To open the second half, McCown led the Bears to another field goal, and had them knocking on the door again with their second possession. With second and goal from the four yard line, McCown faked the end around to Alshon Jeffery and then rolled out to his right. When the defense came up to pressure him, he flipped the ball to Matt Forte in the flat and Forte was able to power his way into the end zone for McCown's 3rd TD pass. McCown hit Brandon Marshall on a short square in for the two point conversion as well, putting the Bears up by 21 points. But McCown wasn't done yet. On the opening play of the 4th quarter, he hit Brandon Marshall over the middle on a 22 yard square in. The Cowboys were flagged for unnecessary roughness and on the next play, sent a strong blitz, trying desperately to prevent another score. But McCown was calm and swung the ball out to Michael Bush in the right flat. With blockers in front and the defense behind him, Bush rumbled 17 yards for the touchdown, giving McCown his best game of the season. Up 42-14, Chicago just ran the ball for the rest of the game, and the Bears came out with a big victory on a cold Monday night.
2013 Week 16 vs PHI (2 / 4 / 20 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
McCown came into the game during garbage time and basically handed the ball off to Michael Bush for the final eight minutes of the game. He only attempted passes when the Bears were facing passing down and distance. He completed two of his passes for 20 yards.
2011 Week 16 vs GB (19 / 28 / 242 / 1 / 2 pass, 8 / 38 / 0 rush)
Five weeks ago, McCown was coaching high school football. This week he was the starting QB for Chicago and managed to perform better than Caleb Hanie had done in the previous four weeks. It was clear that the Bears were looking to limit the number of throws that McCown had, and they ran the ball for the first six plays of the game. His first pass was a nice 17 yard square in to Roy Williams which had you thinking he was going to be a huge improvement, but on his second pass he threw up a lame duck off of his back foot into double coverage in the end zone. McCown only attempted nine passes in the first half, completing seven of them to Chicago receivers and one to Green Bay. On the pick, Kahlil Bell missed a block on Clay Matthews and Matthews was able to drop back and picked off a screen to Tyler Clutts McCown's second pick was a deep pass down the middle to Earl Bennett, but he telegraphed the pass entire way, and it bounced off of Bennett's hands into Charlie Peprah's. In fact, McCown really didn't go through his progressions at all, looking at the primary receiver, and possibly one secondary before taking off on a run. He finished the game with eight carries for 38 yards.
2011 Week 17 vs MIN (15 / 25 / 160 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)
He was extremely lucky not to have a disastrous first quarter and then did a decent job managing the game once the defense gave him a lead in the second quarter. McCown completed only one pass downfield in the 1st quarter, a 22 yard pass to a wide open target. His biggest play of the quarter actually came with his feet. With the Bears down 10-0 and facing 3rd and 9, he did a good job to escape rush and then found room to run around the left side, 10 yards downfield he juked a safety and did an excellent job of using his block, turning it into a 28 yard gain. McCown was fortunate to have two interceptions dropped in the first quarter, one of which was jarred loose on a big hit from Earl Bennett. His sole TD pass came in the second quarter as a pump fake to the flat freed up Roy Williams down the middle of the field. No one was within 10 yards of Williams who made the easy catch for a 22 yard TD. McCown went right back to Williams with one of his best throws of the day on the next drive, but Williams dropped the 12 yard out that hit him in the hands. McCown, and the Bears offense, were silent for the rest of the half. In the third quarter McCown was growing weary of the pressure and his accuracy grew even worse. He missed a wide open Devin Hester streaking across the middle and even the passes he did complete were off target. Three of the six passes he completed in the quarter went to his running back out of the backfield. McCown did have one good drive left in him and it spanned 7:19 of the third and fourth quarters. He completed 7/9 passes on the drive including a perfectly placed throw to Williams on 3rd and 13 to extend the drive. The drive led to a Bears FG and gave them all the points they'd need. He also had one terrible decision left in him, throwing an ill-advised INT with 6 minutes left on his own 20. He threw the ball into tight coverage and again behind his man.
2009 Week 1 vs PHI (1 / 6 / 2 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown came in for Delhomme in relief after his four interceptions against Philadelphia, but he was forced from the game after a very rough hit from the side that injured McCown's knee. In the limited time that McCown was in the game he had an interception and completed just one of six attempts against a swarming Eagle defense. McCown has been placed on IR, and the Panthers have signed AJ Feeley to take his place.
2008 Week 4 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Backup quarterback Josh McCown was credited with two yards lost on three kneel down plays.
2008 Week 5 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
McCown took over for Delhomme with a little over ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Panthers were so far ahead that he did not even attempt a pass.
2007 Week 1 vs DET (30 / 40 / 313 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
In a losing effort, McCown put up respectable fantasy numbers, going over 300 yards and throwing two touchdowns. His three fumbles (two lost) and two interceptions, including one late in the fourth quarter while trying to manufacture the game winning drive, might still make the Raider Nation yell for Daunte Culpepper to start.
2007 Week 2 vs DEN (8 / 16 / 73 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 28 / 0 rush)
McCown went eight of 16 for 73 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He was able to add two rushes for 28 yards, one of which was for 21 yards and a first down, but he took a big hit at the end of the play when he didn't slide. At times McCown showed some good athleticism eluding the rush, and didn't appear to be physically effected by his foot injury. He did show a relative unwillingness to stand in and take a hit however, preferring to scramble outside the pocket. His finger injury did not appear to be bothering him, though he was still highly inaccurate at times. McCown hooked up with Porter for 46 yards for his loan score of the day on a nice pump fake. All three of his interceptions were on targets to Porter, though one was knocked up in the air and not his fault. With a minute to play in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 20, McCown showed poor clock management on a number of plays. Despite the running game getting the ball down the field for a possible game winning FG attempt, McCown never showed any urgency in setting up under center. In a play that summarizes his day, in overtime, McCown found Porter breaking free from Dre Bly deep down the left side, but McCown over threw him by at least five yards.
2007 Week 3 vs CLE (6 / 12 / 108 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)
McCown gritted his way through the first half, trying to stay out on the field in fear of losing his starting position to Daunte Culpepper, but foot and other injuries finally knocked him out of this game for good. Before exiting, McCown exhibited that grittiness on a couple of nice scrambles and made a couple of nice touch passes, but also missed his receiver badly on a couple of passes as well.
2007 Week 9 vs HOU (13 / 28 / 158 / 1 / 3 pass, 5 / 31 / 0 rush)
McCown made his first start since week three in an attempt to jumpstart the Raiders slumping offense. He looked bad early with two first half interceptions. He nearly had a third pass picked off in the second quarter but the play was overruled upon review by the officials. He completed only four of his ten first half passes. He fumbled a low snap early in the fourth quarter on a third down on a key drive but regained control and was the victim of a vicious facemask call which put the Raiders on the Texans ten yard line. On the subsequent third down, the Texans were called on a roughing the passer penalty which handed the Raiders another gift first down. On a fourth and seven late in the game, McCown rolled out left and made his way out of bounds while gaining the first down. However, typical of his play earlier in the season, he threw his third interception of the game on the very next play when he under threw the intended receiver. The touchdown pass to Tim Dwight came only two plays after a badly shanked punt by Matt Turk went only ten yards and gave the Raiders' offense the ball on the Houston 31 yard line. McCown is proving himself unreliable and his errors are costing his team any chance at victory. He has thrown eight interceptions in the three complete games he has played and he is often inaccurate. He has made some nice plays with his legs, but it seems like whenever the Raiders put themselves in a position to win their quarterbacks make key mistakes.
2007 Week 10 vs CHI (14 / 27 / 108 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 28 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown had a rough outing against the Bears, and as a result, so did the whole Oakland offense. He threw for just 108 yards on 14 of 27 passing, failed to lead any scoring drives, threw an interception and lost a fumble on the final drive, killing any chance of a comeback. McCown was sacked four times and converted just three of 15 third downs. To his credit, he wasn't helped by his offensive line and he isn't surrounded by the greatest weapons offensively. McCown did add 28 yards rushing on four attempts in the running game.
2007 Week 13 vs DEN (14 / 21 / 141 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)
McCown started his sixth game of the season despite suffering a compound dislocation to a finger on his left hand Wednesday. McCown had the finger taped and was able to play effectively. He completed two thirds of his passes for 141 yards and had his first three touchdown game since the 2004 season. McCown made good decisions and was able to find open receivers throughout the game. McCown's most questionable decision was a pass that he threw up for grabs to Ronald Curry in the end zone. Curry was well covered on the play, but still had a chance for the ball. McCown lost a fumble on a mishandled snap. It was Oakland's only turnover. McCown also displayed the ability to run with the football. He carried four times for 22 yards, including a designed run on a naked bootleg that fooled the defense for an eleven yard gain on a third down and two play.
2007 Week 14 vs GB (7 / 15 / 110 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
McCown made his seventh start of the year but struggled early on to move the Oakland offense. Until the Raiders' last drive of the first half, he was only two of six for nine yards with one interception. Trailing 14-0 late in the second quarter, McCown got into a rhythm and completed longer passes of 22, 20, and 25 yards. The 25 yard reception was a touchdown toss that went to WR Jerry Porter and the score brought the Raiders within seven points of the Packers. His numbers could have been better, but he had completions of 25 and 26 yards nullified due to penalties. Even though the Green Bay defense failed to sack McCown, the Raiders quarterback took a pounding in this game. He was relieved by Andrew Walter on Oakland's first drive of the fourth quarter after taking a hit from DT Cullen Jenkins on the previous series.
2007 Week 15 vs IND (13 / 24 / 94 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 16 / 0 rush)
McCown made his eighth start for the Raiders and nearly pulled off the upset. He did not put up eye popping fantasy stats, 13 of 24 for 109 yards and one touchdown, but he did not throw an interception and showed athletic ability in avoiding the pass rush and not getting sacked.
2007 Week 16 vs JAX (6 / 8 / 46 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown started the game but gave way to rookie JaMarcus Russell after only two series. He returned briefly when Russell got hurt, but then was replaced again shortly thereafter. He played well enough; it seems that in a game that was over before halftime, the Raiders simply wanted to see the rookie play.
2006 Week 13 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown lined up at the wide receiver position on multiple plays at the start of the third quarter. He caught an eight yard out on the left sideline early in the fourth quarter on his first target. He pulled in a long pass later in the quarter down the left sideline after QB Jon Kitna scrambled to his side, but a questionable offensive pass interference flag on McCown nullified the play. His final target in the fourth quarter was another short out just before the final Kitna interception.
2005 Week 1 vs NYG (5 / 10 / 52 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown relieved Warner after the game was already decided and completed five out of ten passing attempts for 52 yards with an interception. He made what was likely a touchdown saving tackle on Frank Walker after he threw the interception in the game's final minute. There is no QB controversy. This was a move from Coach Green to get his starting QB off the field with the game well out of reach.
2005 Week 3 vs SEA (10 / 23 / 97 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
McCown replaced the injured Warner and instantly had a bit of deer in the headlights syndrome. He was inaccurate and looked uncomfortable in the pocket. However, Arizona only ran the ball three times in the second half and the Seattle pass rush was pinning back their ears looking to take his head off. Actually, McCown didn't take that many hits. He was getting rid of the ball fairly quickly, but not on target. In the fourth quarter WR Anquan Boldin was his favorite target with five, compared to zero for WR Larry Fitzgerald.
2005 Week 4 vs SF (32 / 46 / 385 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 32 / 0 rush)
McCown had the best night of his career finishing with 385 yards. He completed 32 of 46 passes and threw two touchdowns. McCown showed elusiveness in the pocket as he scrambled for 32 yards on six carries. After a slow start where he was the victim of several drops he settled in nicely in the second quarter and led the team on eight consecutive scoring drives. He needs to improve on turning the drives into touchdowns as six of the drives ended in field goals. He made a statement against a banged up 49ers' secondary giving the Cardinals their first win of the young season. It will be interesting to see how Dennis Green handles the quarterback situation when Kurt Warner returns from injury especially if McCown can follow up with another strong outing versus Carolina in week five.
2005 Week 5 vs CAR (29 / 46 / 398 / 2 / 3 pass, 5 / 29 / 0 rush)
Following McCown's performance against the Panthers, Dennis Green cautiously endorsed McCown as the starter following Arizona's bye in Week 6, but did make note of the huge numbers Josh had put up. Three costly interceptions kept the Cardinals from winning and was the reason that McCown only put up a passer rating of 77.6 on the day, despite averaging 8.6 yards per pass attempt. McCown appeared to lock in on various receivers throughout the day, and forced the ball in situations where it was not necessary.
2005 Week 7 vs TEN (12 / 28 / 140 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
McCown followed up his two stellar performances before the bye week with a lackluster performance. Completing just 43% of his passes, he could not get his two leading receivers involved in the game until the end. WR Anquan Boldin failed to catch a ball for the first time all year, and WR Larry Fitzgerald's final catch and run for a touchdown salvaged a rather pedestrian performance to that point. McCown was under significant pass pressure most of the game, getting sacked four times. Many of his passes were defended or tipped, yet that was also partially due to McCown's poor decisions of where to throw the ball. He often threw the ball either up for grabs or into double coverage. With HC Dennis Green not officially naming McCown the starter until game day, McCown seemed to play as if he was still under the microscope and on a short leash. QB Kurt Warner said that he was able to go this week, and he was throwing a bit before the second half started. Despite the bad performance, McCown took every snap for the Cardinals.
2005 Week 8 vs DAL (16 / 33 / 161 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
Josh McCown struggled against the Cowboys' front four. Under constant pressure he completed 16 of 33 passes with one TD and two interceptions. He scrambled four times for 16 yards. Both interceptions came in the fourth quarter and were both a result of Cowboys' pressure. Without a threat of a running game the Cowboys were able to blanket his receivers while overwhelming the offensive line with blitzes.
2005 Week 15 vs HOU (1 / 4 / 12 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
McCown was feeling flu-like symptoms, and could not continue in relief of Warner after throwing for 12 yards on one of four passing, including an interception that Houston turned into a field goal.
2005 Week 16 vs PHI (27 / 38 / 294 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
A free agent at end of year, McCown may have raised some eyebrows in this end of the season audition for a job. He made good accurate throws all game, including a perfect throw to Fitzgerald into tight coverage on a 45 yard flea flicker. McCown also did a good job audibling out of a run-play to find Fitzgerald matched up in man coverage against a Philadelphia safety for a 25 yard touchdown. McCown had one big mistake - an interception while throwing off his back foot against an Eagles' blitz with his team up 20-7. McCown had a third touchdown pass called back by an illegal shift penalty.
2005 Week 17 vs IND (31 / 42 / 297 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 42 / 0 rush)
The lack of a substantial running game keeps this team from taking the next step. McCown was very efficient on the afternoon and completed 31 of 42 attempts for 297 yards and a touchdown. The team continues to struggle in the red zone due to the lack of a rushing attack causing defenses to flood the end zone taking away the quarterback's receivers.