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Leftwich and McCown say QB decision not in their hands



Byron Leftwich won't say whether he believes he has done enough to earn the Bucs' starting quarterback job.

"It's not really what I think,'' Leftwich said. "I think I did some good things. I missed two throws I wish I had back. I missed two. But those will be hit. I made the right read and everything. And I came out feeling good. I was seeing the field well. I missed a few throws, but hey, I'll get those things.''

Leftwich said that given what was riding on his performance, he might have tried too hard Thursday.

"I believe so,'' Leftwich said. "You kind of catch yourself being selfish and try to correct it. You try to make everything perfect and you end up missing stuff. And that's what happened. Two throws I'll probably never miss again. Guys running wide open.''

Quarterback Luke McCown, who failed to put any points on the board Thursday, was asked how he would feel if Raheem Morris named Leftwich the starter.

"Then I start preparing, I start helping Byron be the best starter he can be,'' McCown said. "I prepare every day to play if called upon. As I've said the last three years, if I'm not doing that, if I'm upset over that decision, if that's the way it goes, that's not fair to my teammates.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:39pm]


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