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Buccaneers should have a starting quarterback by this time next week



Coach Raheem Morris is sticking to his guns. He still intends to choose a starting quarterback on the heels of this week's preseason game at Jacksonville no matter what.

Even if this week's quarterback play is again pedestrian, like in the opener against Tennessee, Morris is going forward with his plan.

"No way," Morris said when asked if he might delay a decision.

"Got to make it right now. That third preseason game is when you get out there and you go with a game plan. . . I just think you've got to make a decision about the leader of your football team at that point and go into the game and let them go out there and play with the guy."

The Bucs, like most teams, plan to play their starting lineups most extensively in the third preseason game to give themselves a realistic gauge of the units' progress.

At quarterback, all indications are that veteran Byron Leftwich is leading incumbent Luke McCown, especially after Saturday night's game at Tennessee. Leftwich gets the start this week while McCown is expected to start the second quarter.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:38pm]


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