Former Steelers QB Leftwich named Tampa Bay's starter
August 29, 3:39 PMPittsburgh Steelers Examiner
It looks like Byron Leftwich will get his wish to be a starter again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Rasheem Morris announced today that the former Steelers quarterback will be the starter for his team this year, after a training camp battle between Leftwich and Luke McCown.
“Leftwich had the early lead coming into camp”, Morris said during a press conference Saturday.
“Throughout OTA days, he kind of came here and was impactful. He’s been able to execute the offense that we want to get executed.”
In three games this preseason, Leftwich has gone 21-43, 224 yards and one touchdown.
After starting only two games in 2007 for Atlanta, Leftwich was signed by the Steelers during the preseason last year because Charlie Batch was lost for the season with a broken collarbone. He responded as a very solid back up by throwing for 303 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions while appearing in five games.
His best game in 2008 came against the Washington Redskins in Week 9 when he came in for an injured Ben Roethlisberger in the second half, and went 7-12 for 101 yards and a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes. The Steelers went onto win 23-6.
This past off-season, Leftwich turned down a two year deal from the Steelers and instead signed a two- year contract with the Bucs worth 7.5 million, for an opportunity to start. He’ll fondly remember his days in Pittsburgh.
“It's different”, Leftwich said about playing in Pittsburgh. “All of the teams that I've played for, none have been the caliber of the Steelers. When you're getting ready to play, you see the Franco Harris’ etc.”
“ It's a special place.”