McCown did not have a good outing in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In a game in which the Bucs were focused on establishing the running game, McCown completed 15 of 29 passes for 190 yards and was intercepted once.
The game plan and the play calling didn’t help McCown as the Bucs stayed away from the deep passing game and the Bengals took Tampa Bay’s wide receivers out of the game. McCown targeted wide receivers 20 times but completed only seven of those attempts. Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson weren’t big factors.
It’s good that the Bucs are trying to establish a running game that has struggled all season. But this offense needs balance, and McCown needs to be able to take shots down the field at Evans and Jackson.