TAMPA, Fla. -- The good people at ESPN Stats & Information passed along some numbers that put quarterback Josh McCown's season into perspective.
McCown was brought to Tampa Bay, in large part, due to his play in 2013 with Chicago. Playing for an injured Jay Cutler, McCown was one of the league’s most efficient quarterbacks. But the Bucs didn’t end up getting anywhere close to the same production from McCown.
His Total QBR in 2013 was 85.1. It fell to 35.7 in 2014. That’s a decline of 49.4, which represents the largest drop-off of any quarterback that played at least 200 plays in each of the last two seasons.
McCown’s completion percentage dropped from 67 percent in Chicago to 56 percent in Tampa Bay. In 2013, McCown threw for 13 touchdowns with just one interception. In 2014, he had 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Another telling stat is downfield throws. With the Bears, McCown completed 51.2 percent of his passes of 15 yards or longer. That number dropped to 38.1 percent in 2014.