Coach Raheem Morris Waffles, Sends Buccaneers QB Byron Leftwich to the Bench

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer ISeptember 28, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Head Coach Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches from the sidelines during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York.  The Bills won 33-20.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Raheem Morris said after the 24-0 loss to the Giants on Sunday that if he was to consider replacing Byron Leftwich as the starting quarterback, he might as well replace everyone.

Everyone won't be replaced, but Leftwich will.

In an abrupt about-face, Morris has changed his mind and will start backup Josh Johnson next Sunday against the Redskins.

Leftwich wasn't even demoted to backup; he went all the way to the third, inactive position. Rookie Josh Freeman will move into the backup role against the Redskins.

"We made that decision today (Monday)," Morris said at his afternoon press conference at One Buccaneer Place. "He (Johnson) provides some more options. I hate to make this about Byron. I looked Byron in the eye and he told me, 'Hey, I knew I had to get some wins early.'"

Morris went on with his usual dogma: "We're in constant evaluation. We don't make knee-jerk decisions."

"I haven't told Josh Freeman yet (that he'll be the backup)."

"It's not all Leftwich's fault," Morris said. "Yesterday (Sunday) we took a step back."

"He's gotta go out there see if he can get it done," Morris said of the shakeup.


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