Coach Raheem Morris Waffles, Sends Buccaneers QB Byron Leftwich to the Bench

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Published: September 28, 2009

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... Byron Leftwich as the starting quarterback, he might as well replace everyone.

Everyone won't be replaced, but Leftwich will.

In an abrupt about-face, Morris has changed his mind and will start backup Josh Johnson next Sunday against the Redskins.

Leftwich wasn't even demoted to backup; he went all the way to the third, inactive position. Rookie Josh Freeman will move into the backup role against the Redskins.

"We made that decision today (Monday)," Morris said at his afternoon press conference at One Buccaneer Place. "He (Johnson) provides some more options. I hate to make this about Byron. I looked Byron in the eye and he told me, 'Hey, I knew I had to get some wins early.'"

Morris went on with his usual dogma: "We're in constant evaluation. We don't make knee-jerk decisions."

"I haven't told Josh Freeman yet (that he'll be the backup)."

"It's not all Leftwich's fault," Morris said. "Yesterday (Sunday) we took a step back."


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