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Morris trying to create competition at QB



Bucs coach Raheem Morris says he wants to create as much competition as possible at the quarterback position and plans to add a fourth passer before the start of training camp.

Whether that winds up being Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler or somebody else remains to be seen. But Morris said Luke McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson all understand the starter will have to emerge from a four-way battle to earn the job.

The Bucs expressed an interest in trading for Cutler when approach by the Broncos about a three-way deal several weeks ago but Denver seems intent on trying to smooth things over between their quarterback and coach Josh McDaniels.

"You know, I really didn't have to tell (McCown) anything as far as you're going to read or hear things,'' Morris said at the NFL's annual meeting  in Dana Point, Calif., Monday. "He knows I'm trying to create the most competitive environment as I can, whatever that means. Between him and Josh (Johnson) and Brian (Griese), I'm going to let those guys fight it out to see who's going to be the player. As of right now, that's who is on our team, that's who we're talking about. We do want to add a fourth quarterback, however that may come. We want it to be another competitive guy. You've got to create as much competition as you can. Let the guy earn his spot, people will respect it more, he'll respect it more and people will look him in the eye, shake his hand and tell him, "Hey, you're the guy and they'll feel good about it, whomever that guy is.''

"I'm just having fun doing it. I'm just running a big defensive back room, that's all I'm doing is creating competition. There just happens to be 66 of them right now rather than 15.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:29pm]


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