It’s not often that fans or players miss their second string quarterback. But it is common for many fans and players to like/appreciate/be impressed by their second string quarterback. But as Trent Edwards took the field yesterday for weak, fruitless drive and fruitless drive, I began to long to see Luke McCown back on the field.
In Luke McCown, the Jaguars had a player they could rely on. It is all that often that you have a player that is as sharp as McCown backing up a pro bowl quarterback like Garrard. Usually it’s a talent that has been on the roster for a while or has been playing in the league for years but is not good enough, or is too old, to be invested in. Think Garcia, Shaun Hill, Seneca Wallace, Charlie Batch, etc. But in McCown we had a young player that didn’t force the offense to drop four or five levels when he was behind center.
Don’t get me wrong, I was high on Trent Edwards as a pick up following the loss of McCown. But, I was proven wrong about my expectations of him. Sure, he throws a pretty short pass. But when it comes down to it, he’s too late on out routes, far too much arm in deep passes, and he holds onto the ball far too long. 14 of 24, 240 yards, and two picks just isn’t good enough in this league. The offense legitimately looked like it slowed down after Edwards entered the offense.
Luke McCown, you are missed.
- Luke N. Sims