We found out yesterday that Bucs coach Raheem Morris wasn’t ready to name a starting QB in the competition between Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown. Morris informed his quarterbacks of that decision on Monday morning, and later met with reporters to expound on his plan for the Bucs’ third preseason game Thursday against the Miami Dolphins.
Morris said both Leftwich and McCown will play roughly a quarter and a half, an opportunity for an even evaluation as each will play with the same group around them. Keeping the same format as last week, Leftwich will start, followed by McCown.
“I think both of them played so well, I don’t think it was fair for me to make a decision right now,” said Morris. “So I’m going to let [these guys] play it out another week. We joked about it yesterday, but we’re going to have to sit in that same room doing the same thing we did next week. That was kind of the joke we had. We wanted to get in there and give them another opportunity.”
Morris, who had said he would decide on a starter before the third preseason game, stressed that he’s still judging the QBs on their total body of work, and not just Saturday’s game. While Morris knows the final decision falls on him, he still views the decision process as a consensus among his staff.
“I want to get it right,” Morris said. “I want it to be the right one. We’ve been saying, really, we want that guy to jump up and take the torch.”
As for his other two QBs, Morris said he anticipates Josh Johnson and Josh Freeman will also play against the Dolphins.