The winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers have benched starting quarterback Byron Leftwich and replaced him with second-year pro Josh Johnson.
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Coach Raheem Morris announced the move Monday, a day after the Bucs fell to 0-3 while gaining just 86 yards total offense in a 24-0 loss to the New York Giants. Leftwich completed 7 of 16 passes for 22 yards and one interception.
Johnson played one fourth-quarter series, completing 4 of 10 passes for 36 yards and leading a drive that stalled on downs at New York's 5-yard line. He also finished as Tampa Bay's leading rusher, scrambling for a 15-yard gain on his only attempt.
Morris said he was not blaming the loss on Leftwich, but feels Johnson has earned a chance start Sunday at Washington.
Oddsmakers from online sports book BetOnline have made the Bucs 150/1 long shots to win the 2010 Super Bowl and 80/1 to win the NFC Championship.
Posted: 9/28/09 1:32PM ET