Bryon Leftwich has officially beat out Luke McCown to win the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback job for the 2009 NFL season.
Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris announced the selection after practice Saturday, saying Leftwich had an edge over McCown heading into training camp and held it with steady - if unspectacular - play through three preseason games.
Morris had hoped to choose a starter before the third preseason game.
The first-year coach extended the competition after McCown closed the gap with a stronger performance in the second game. Although neither quarterback sparkled in Thursday's 10-6 loss to Miami, Leftwich did enough to win the job.
Leftwich is 24-22 as a starter in six NFL seasons.
With the amount of turnover the Bucs will have this season (both on the field and in the front office), oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com don’t like Tampa’s chances to succeed. The Bucs are 65/1 long shots to win Super Bowl XLIV and 30/1 to win the NFC Championship.
Posted: 8/29/09 11:45PM ET