Saturday, 29 August 2009

Leftwich to start at quarterback







TAMPA, Fla. -- Byron Leftwich has won the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' prolonged quarterback derby by beating out Luke McCown. Leftwich will start the team's regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
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Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris announced the selection after practice Saturday, saying Leftwich had an edge over McCown heading into training camp and held it with steady -- if unspectacular -- play through three preseason games.
Morris had hoped to choose a starter before the third preseason game.
The first-year coach extended the competition after McCown closed the gap with a stronger performance in the second game. Although neither quarterback sparkled in Thursday's 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Leftwich did enough to win the job.
Leftwich is 24-22 as a starter in six NFL seasons.

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