While Luke McCown hasn’t been officially named the Buccaneers starting quarterback for the 2009 season, he is ready to prove to the fans and the rest of the NFL world he is the best man for the job.
“I got a job to compete with whoever they bring in and I will do my very best to make sure whoever they bring in doesn’t get a chance to play,” McCown said.
The only way to prove yourself in the NFL is by competing and winning a job through hard work, McCown has shown brief glimpses of what he could become, but the sample size is just not enough for many to anoint him the starter just yet.
“That’s the way I’m attacking it, and I’m going to go at it full force.”
“In the past, in your head, you know you have to wait your turn, but at the same time, I’m going to push Jeff [Garcia] as hard as I can. I’m going to try and be better than him,” McCown said. “I think that’s helped in this transition in actually knowing I have an opportunity now. I’ve got a lot of experience preparing for an opportunity because I’ve always prepared for an opportunity.
Many will argue, that McCown just doesn’t have the ability to process information quickly or hangs onto the football to long, the NFL is not a place where you can get a feel for the speed of the game unless you are facing live action which has been something that has been unavailable for what every reasons, but the chance or atleast as it stand now the opportunity has presented itself for McCown to get the experience he needs.
“I just need that opportunity to go grow into being a proven and experienced guy,” McCown said. “You can’t go out and buy it. You don’t get it coming out of college. You have to wait your turn. If that’s sitting on the bench for five years, six years, then that’s just kind of the way it goes.
“I’m ready. I feel like I’m ready. If I’m not ready now after six years, I don’t know when I’ll be ready. I’m going to take my lumps as everybody does, but I’m going to get better through them.”
If McCown isn’t ready then the decision will be blasted by both the media and fans, as Dominik & Morris should have known after working with McCown over the least two seasons that he did not have the tools to succeed. The Bucs have to find out either way what they have in him after investing so much time in trying to develop McCown.
Look for a wild ride fanactics, and try to ride the highs and lows on an even keel as there is sure to be a bunch of turbulance this coming season.