Leftwich wins No. 1 quarterback job with Bucs
by Jay Glazer
August 29, 2009
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris informed his team this morning that Byron Leftwich beat out Luke McCown for the starting quarterback job, FOXSports.com has learned.
The move does not come as a surprise as Leftwich had been the odds-on favorite.
However after early performances by Leftwich, 29, and fellow veteran Luke McCown, Morris decided to wait one more preseason game for one of the quarterbacks to clearly take the job or clearly stumble.
Leftwich was 9-for-17 for 100 yards Thursday during a 10-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. McCown was 5-for-11 with 38 yards. Neither QB threw an interception.
Leftwich, beginning his seventh pro season, appeared in five games with the Pittsburgh Steelers last year with two TD passes and no interceptions in limited playing time. His career totals since being selected No. 7 overall by Jacksonville in 2003 include 54 TD throws and 38 interceptions in 46 pro starts.
The Bucs also selected Josh Freeman in April's NFL Draft. Freeman has greatly impressed coaches and his teammates, though the Bucs are holding him back in the early going after a stellar career at Kansas State.
Freeman was 6-for-16 for 50 yards in action against the Dolphins.