There's a clear parallel to a Chicago lineup from last season that saw the Bears overload secondaries with 6-foot-4 Brandon Marshall, 6-foot-3 Alshon Jeffery and 6-foot-6 tight end Martellus Bennett. The inherent matchup problems helped the 34-year-old McCown soar to career highs under coach Marc Trestman in completion percentage (66.5), touchdowns (13) and yards per catch (9.1).
"It's very similar, at least on paper (to the Bears)," the quarterback said Tuesday after working out with Evans and the rookies, per The Tampa Tribune. "There's still a lot of work to do."
The X-factor for Tampa is McCown's ability to duplicate his league-leading 0.4 interception rate away from Trestman's watch. The Bears coach turned a backup passer nobody wanted into one of the NFL's most efficient throwers. With plenty of new weapons in-house, it's up to Bucs coordinator Jeff Tedford to continue the masterpiece.