Our franchise savior has arrived!

…Said nobody in reaction to this announcement. Possibly ever in the history of the NFL. Signing Josh McCown for three years is a bit of a head scratcher (even in the NFL, where contracts aren’t guaranteed.) There’s not a lot to recommend him over Brian Hoyer. Take a look at the stats:

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD AV
2002 23 ARI 12 2 0 7 18 38.9 66 0 0.0 2 11.1 26 3.7 -1.3 9.4 33.0 10.2 5 50 0.70 -3.22 21.7 0
2003 24 ARI qb 12 11 3 1-2-0 95 166 57.2 1018 5 3.0 6 3.6 60 6.1 5.1 10.7 92.5 70.3 25 174 4.42 3.53 13.1 1 1 3
2004 25 ARI QB 12 14 13 6-7-0 233 408 57.1 2511 11 2.7 10 2.5 48 6.2 5.6 10.8 179.4 74.1 31 263 5.12 4.60 7.1 2 2 7
2005 26 ARI qb 12 9 6 3-3-0 163 270 60.4 1836 9 3.3 11 4.1 49 6.8 5.6 11.3 204.0 74.9 18 101 6.02 4.93 6.3 5
2006 27 DET 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 28 OAK QB 12 9 9 2-7-0 111 190 58.4 1151 10 5.3 11 5.8 46 6.1 4.5 10.4 127.9 69.4 27.49 14 92 5.19 3.75 6.9 1
2008 29 CAR 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 11.07 0 0 0
2009 30 CAR 12 1 0 1 6 16.7 2 0 0.0 0 0.0 2 0.3 0.3 2.0 2.0 39.6 0.7 1 6 -0.57 -0.57 14.3 0
2011 32 CHI qb 15 3 2 1-1-0 35 55 63.6 414 2 3.6 4 7.3 49 7.5 5.0 11.8 138.0 68.3 30.82 7 43 5.98 3.73 11.3 2
2012 33 CHI 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 34 CHI qb 12 8 5 3-2-0 149 224 66.5 1829 13 5.8 1 0.4 80 8.2 9.1 12.3 228.6 109.0 85.09 11 37 7.63 8.54 4.7 1 1 8
2014 35 TAM QB 12 11 11 1-10-0 184 327 56.3 2206 11 3.4 14 4.3 56 6.7 5.5 12.0 200.5 70.5 35.71 36 235 5.43 4.30 9.9 4
Career 73 49 17-32-0 978 1664 58.8 11033 61 3.7 59 3.5 80 6.6 5.8 11.3 151.1 76.1 148 1001 5.54 4.74 8.2 4 4 30
4 yrs ARI 36 22 10-12-0 498 862 57.8 5431 25 2.9 29 3.4 60 6.3 5.4 10.9 150.9 72.1 79 588 5.15 4.29 8.4 3 3 15
3 yrs CHI 11 7 4-3-0 184 279 65.9 2243 15 5.4 5 1.8 80 8.0 8.3 12.2 203.9 101.0 18 80 7.28 7.54 6.1 1 1 10
2 yrs CAR 3 0 1 6 16.7 2 0 0.0 0 0.0 2 0.3 0.3 2.0 0.7 39.6 1 6 -0.57 -0.57 14.3 0
1 yr DET 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
1 yr OAK 9 9 2-7-0 111 190 58.4 1151 10 5.3 11 5.8 46 6.1 4.5 10.4 127.9 69.4 14 92 5.19 3.75 6.9 1
1 yr TAM 11 11 1-10-0 184 327 56.3 2206 11 3.4 14 4.3 56 6.7 5.5 12.0 200.5 70.5 36 235 5.43 4.30 9.9 4
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/27/2015.
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD AV
2009 24 NWE 8 5 0 19 27 70.4 142 0 0.0 0 0.0 17 5.3 5.3 7.5 28.4 82.6 48.41 2 18 4.28 4.28 6.9 1
2010 25 NWE 8 5 0 7 15 46.7 122 1 6.7 1 6.7 42 8.1 6.5 17.4 24.4 69.3 45.43 0 0 8.13 6.47 0.0 0
2011 26 NWE 8 3 0 1 1 100.0 22 0 0.0 0 0.0 22 22.0 22.0 22.0 7.3 118.7 96.35 0 0 22.00 22.00 0.0 0
2012 27 ARI qb 6 2 1 0-1-0 30 53 56.6 330 1 1.9 2 3.8 53 6.2 4.9 11.0 165.0 65.8 34.57 4 30 5.26 4.04 7.0 1
2013 28 CLE qb 6 3 3 3-0-0 57 96 59.4 615 5 5.2 3 3.1 47 6.4 6.0 10.8 205.0 82.6 47.54 6 48 5.56 5.22 5.9 1 1 1
2014 29 CLE QB 6 14 13 7-6-0 242 438 55.3 3326 12 2.7 13 3.0 81 7.6 6.8 13.7 237.6 76.5 43.08 24 160 6.85 6.11 5.2 4 4 8
Career 32 17 10-7-0 356 630 56.5 4557 19 3.0 19 3.0 81 7.2 6.5 12.8 142.4 76.8 36 256 6.46 5.74 5.4 5 5 11
3 yrs NWE 13 0 27 43 62.8 286 1 2.3 1 2.3 42 6.7 6.1 10.6 22.0 80.2 2 18 5.96 5.40 4.4 1
2 yrs CLE 17 16 10-6-0 299 534 56.0 3941 17 3.2 16 3.0 81 7.4 6.7 13.2 231.8 77.6 30 208 6.62 5.95 5.3 5 5 9
1 yr ARI 2 1 0-1-0 30 53 56.6 330 1 1.9 2 3.8 53 6.2 4.9 11.0 165.0 65.8 4 30 5.26 4.04 7.0 1
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/27/2015.

I’ll wait while you try to find the differences. Let’s see… McCown is more prone to interceptions. He’s also older. McCown gets slightly more yardage per game. That’s about it.

I admit that Hoyer hasn’t done much to impress me. So why get somebody who is an older, worse version of Hoyer? For three years!! The only thing I can think of is that McCown is totally cool with being a backup, while Hoyer still wanted to start. Maybe Coach Flip (FLIPFLIPFLIP) owed McCown a favor. The point is, the signing is a weird one that makes very little sense. If McCown starts as the #1 QB next year, there will be no joy in Cleveland.

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2 thoughts on “Our franchise savior has arrived!

  1. My guess is that Buffalo offered him a two-year deal and the Browns tacked on an extra year to win his services.

    McCown really doesn’t have much to recommend him: he’s a backup quarterback with serious flaws. This makes him perfect for a long-term Browns quarterback.

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