Bucs Are Rebuilding Every Week

Legal HawkContributor IOctober 1, 2009

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches his team from the sideline against the New York Giants during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

In Week Three against the New York Giants, Byron Leftwich played like JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders (7-16 for 22 yards, no TDs and one interception). That is not a good thing, in case you don't pay attention to the performance of the Raiders. Leftwich was finally pulled and benched and in came second-year QB Josh Johnson. During Johnson's first few plays, the announcers said that Johnson has a quick release whereas Leftwich has a big windup. Johnson finished with 36 yards going 4-10.

Soon after declaring that the Buccaneers were sticking with Byron Leftwich as the starter, Head Coach Raheem Morris announced that Josh Johnson would be the starting quarterback for the Week Four Washington Redskins game. To add salt to Leftwich's wound, Morris also let it be known that the team's 2009 first-round draft pick Josh Freeman would be ahead of Leftwich on the depth chart, making Leftwich the third string quarterback.

In watching this year's preseason games, both Johnson and Freeman appeared to scramble around for yards more than they threw. I am not certain whether either Josh can throw the ball deep but they can definitely buy some time while searching for an open receiver. What I do know is that Johnson did not start or even play in any games last year as a rookie with the Buccaneers.

Uh, go Bucs?