Glazer: Leftwich to start for Tampa

On Friday, Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris said that the team would be making a starting quarterback choice in the near future.

It appears that the future is now.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Morris spoke to his team on Saturday morning and told them that Byron Leftwich would be under center when the Bucs host the Cowboys on September 13.

On Friday, Morris outlined why Leftwich could be his choice.

“If Byron Leftwich is your selection, [it’s because of] his leadership,
the fact that he’s won 12 games in this league before, the fact that
he’s a big, strong-armed guy that can make all the throws. . . .  He has the
savvy, has the toughness, [is] mentally sharp, [has] all the qualities
that you look for in a quarterback.”

Leftwich started two of the three Buccaneers’ preseason games this summer.  He completed 21-of-43 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown.  Luke McCown, his chief competition, was 15-of-28 for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

First-round pick Josh Freeman is expected to be the third-string quarterback, which leaves Josh Johnson’s future in Tampa as something to watch as the Buccaneers cement their final roster over the next eight days. 

19 responses to “Glazer: Leftwich to start for Tampa

  1. Does it really matter? They both are inaccurate. I’ve seen all the Bucs preseason games & they both have huge accuracy issues. The Bucs will be no good this year with a top 3 pick.

  2. How about his windup ? Ware’s gonna have a field day the 1st week of regular season when Leftwich reaches in his sock before he throws the rock downfield.

  3. I am happy for Byron. I always thought he had a raw deal in Jacksonville.
    Drafted him and gave him jack crap to work with (Matt Jones and Reggie Williams) – and then called him fat.
    That’s jacked up.

  4. Just because Leftwich won the starting job, doesn’t mean that Luke McCown is the 2nd string qb. He’s most likely not gonna find a home in Tampa. Josh Johnson will be our 3rd string qb, Freeman the 2nd…

  5. You read it here first: the Bucs will “earn” the first pick in the 2010 draft.
    When I look at their schedule, I don’t see a single game that makes me think, “Oh, yeah, they’ll win that one”.
    Of course, they’ll be competitive in quite a few games, and they’ll steal a win or two, but their overall lack of speed and quickness on the offensive side of the ball will doom them to an awful season.
    The slowest Buc of them all is Lefwich, whose glacial speed is further exagerated by what has to be the slowest release in the NFL.
    Leftwich won’t make it to London before he gets hurt. McCown will get his shot for three or four games, and then, with the season already down the tubes, “Coach” Morris will turn to Freeman, his hand-picked QB of the future.
    The final tally: 2-14.

  6. Josh Johnson, while still a work in progress, is probably the best QB on that roster. If Vikes hadn’t grabbed Favre, I’d want him…

  7. Morris named Leftwich the starter, Luke the #2 and Freeman the #3 open day according to so I wouldn’t get your hopes up about Johnson staying with the team!

  8. it seemed as if they were pulling their hair out trying to decide who was the starting QB.. why not just let Freeman have a shot??? probably not going to win more than 5 or 6 games this year anyways and thats probably a strech.. Let the Kid play!!!!!!

  9. I was rooting for Luke Mccown to step up and take this job…and he looked good in the second game…but in the Miami game he just held on to the ball to long and was inaccurate….I think that starting leftwich is big mistake…he has been in the league 7 years and still has issues shooting the ball well over his targets…he looked dreadful thursday night. I agree monkeyboy….Freeman is the future…no way we( will win more than 2 games out of the first 7 with any of the 4 qbs starting. Let Freeman get expeirence…he has looked average so far…but so did Matt Ryan last preseason….maybe Freeman could surprise. Starting Leftwich who has no upside and wont get any better than he already is…seems like the Bucs are just hoping for 7 wins.

  10. Leftwich didn’t win 12 games as a starter, he was injured most of that year and Garrard won most of them. Then the biggest, most bone headed decision in Jaguars history is when they made Lefty the starter in the playoffs that Garrard got them in. Lefty did real well, getting whooped 28-7.

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