McCown: ‘I’ve got an opportunity this year’

Published: June 30th, 2009
By Bucs Beat

Bucs quarterback Luke McCown, a month away from the start of training camp and a battle for Tampa Bay's starting job, checks in with the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph as he and his brothers run the McCown Passing Camp at Tyler Junior College.

McCown addresses his lack of starting experience in the context of what he's been able to learn in five NFL seasons: "I'm going into my sixth year with only seven starts. I've got a lot of football in me, just not on the field," he tells the newspaper.

Coming off a 9-7 season in which the Bucs just missed the playoffs, there's not exactly a need for a turnaround, but with a new coach and general manager and key veteran players no longer on roster, there is major change at Tampa Bay.

"You look at Arizona, Atlanta, Miami, a number of teams that turned it around in one season," McCown said. "It can be done with the right group of guys that believe, play and work for each other. We're looking at doing it this year."

-- Greg Auman, Times staff writer