Luke McCown States Buccaneers Starting QB Job Is His To Lose

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

TAMPA, FL -  DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Luke McCown #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers releases a pass against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium  on December 30, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  The Panthers won 31 - 23. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

In an interview with the St. Petersburg Times, Buccaneers quarterback Luke McCown stated the team's starting quarterback job was his to lose.

When asked if that was the case, McCown said, "Absolutely."

Needless to say, he sounds confident in his ability to be the best man under center when the competition heats up this summer.

"This has been a long time coming for me and I'm not letting anybody take it from me. And it's the first legitimate opportunity. Say what you want about getting three starts at the end of a season [two, in 2007]," McCown said.

This may come as a surprise to some after the Bucs signed quarterback Byron Leftwich to a two-year contract in April.

Leftwich played pretty well when he was needed last year in Pittsburgh, throwing for 303 yards and two touchdowns in the five games he played in.

McCown was virtually unknown in Tampa Bay last year, only appearing in two games while throwing just one pass.

With quarterback Brian Griese not at the team work outs and rookie Josh Freeman finishing up his final semester at Kansas State University, McCown and Leftwich are in the spotlight right now.

This should make for an interesting quarterback competition in training camp.