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Morris will stick to plan to name starting QB this week

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Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he still plans to name a starting quarterback this week.

Despite a strong performance by Luke McCown, who threw a pair of touchdown passes in the Bucs 24-23 win over Jacksonville Saturday, Byron Leftwich may have a slight edge based on the off-season, training camp and the first preseason game.

Morris said he would not delay the decision another week.

"Nope. we've got to make it now, man,'' Morris said. "This is what I came up with, this is when we decided we wanted to make a decision. It would only be fair to those guys to go out and make a decision this weekend and let those guys move on and move on as an organization ready to play.

"When I make this decision, that's my quarterback. That's who I'm going with. I can't look into the future and project failure. If you ask me if I'm going to change down the road, that would obviously mean the person I picked failed. I refuse to accept failure right now...so I'm going to pick my quarterback.''

Morris said he will meet with his coaching staff on Sunday. The players have the day off, so it's unlikely an annoucement will be made before Monday. The Bucs host the Miami Dolphins Thursday at Raymond James Stadium.

"It's going to be tough regardless,'' Morris said. "They both were out tonight, they both had pretty good drives. Byron got us in good field position to get a good punt off. The other one, he went down and got a field goal. The next time we came out, Luke got a nice special teams play by (Sammie) Stroughter. He capitalized on it, went to the (end)zone. Then he came out again and got us back in the zone.

"They both played well. You've got to go back and evaluate, sit down as a coaching staff, sit down as an organization and we've got to make our decision. We'll go into the Miami game with our starter.''
 
 

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

    

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