Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Is Byron Leftwich the Answer in Tampa Bay?

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Wide receiver Antonio Bryant #89 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tumbles after a midfield catch against the Oakland Raiders at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Rodd CaytonCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009


There's a question every National Football League coach, owner, and general manager needs to ask himself about this time every year.

"Do we have a Super Bowl quarterback?"

If the answer is "yes," concern yourself with other matters. If not, then you move on to the question "how can I get one?"

The Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, New York Giants, and almost no one else can answer the first question in the affirmative.

Everyone else, including my Tampa Bay Bucs, needs to find a top-flight signal caller.

The Bucs recently attempted to address their quarterback shortcomings by signing Byron Leftwich, late of the Steelers.

Leftwich, 29, has shown flashes of greatness during his six years, generating some highly visible wins over quality opponents.

However, he's also been injured a lot. Shin, ankle, and other problems have kept him ever from playing all 16 games.

There are some things I like about Leftwich—he has a cannon arm, he's smart, and he doesn't often panic. 

Plus, he's worked with Ben Roethlisberger and a winning coaching staff in Pittsburgh.

Besides Leftwich, The Tampa Bay roster lists Brian Griese, Josh Johnson, and Luke McCown at the position.

Do the Bucs have a a Super Bowl quarterback?

Right now, I'd say no. 

But given Leftwich's tools, and assuming he doesn't get injured, there's a way he can prove me wrong.


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