Josh McCown walked into the Bucs' news conference already holding the starting quarterback job. McCown and Lovie Smith reunite again, but it's more than familiarity with his head coach that drew McCown to Tampa Bay. It's his trust in Lovie.
"I think because he cares," said McCown. "You spend five minutes with him and you feel like he cares about you as an individual and as a person. That matters to players. As long as I've played, if I've learned one thing it's that relationships matter and the relationships that you can build in the building matter."
McCown knows his first responsibility is to help this team win, but his role also includes mentoring Mike Glennon and any other young quarterback on the roster.
"I had a great opportunity to meet Mike Glennon this morning," said McCown. "I'm so excited to work with him. I want to help him be the best quarterback he can be. If that means one day playing in front of Josh McCown that's fine, because that means that the Tampa Bay Bucs are better because of that."
The new starting quarterback gets the most attention during the Bucs' free agent frenzy, but the player sitting to his 'blindside' at the new conference is equally import. Anthony Collins knows his role and responsibility.
"Man up. I have to protect [McCown]. That man has four kids over there. So, that left tackle, across the board, across the whole line, you got to man up. We're offensive tackles, offensive guards; we got to eat, sleep football at all times. I have to protect [McCown]; that's my job."
McCown and Collins bring veteran experience that the Bucs believe will be winning combination.
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