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  • Morris tells QB Johnson his role with Bucs: 'career backup'

    I know Raheem loves Josh Freeman but what is he hoping to accomplish by saying this? I think the first comment at the end article sums it up best. J.J's initial reaction is classic. Just put the story in here to save everyone the trip but here's the link...

    http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/sep...2/sports-bucs/

    By ANWAR RICHARDSON | The Tampa Tribune
    Published: September 16, 2009
    Updated: 09/16/2009 02:39 pm

    TAMPA - Bucs third-string quarterback Josh Johnson received the biggest surprise of his NFL career when Coach Raheem Morris made him a backup before last week's game.

    He received a second surprise when Morris later proclaimed that Johnson would spend his entire career in that position.

    The unpredictable career of Johnson might finally have some stability heading into this week's game at Buffalo. It just might not be what Johnson desires.

    Johnson, 23, is officially listed as Tampa Bay's third-string quarterback, but he will be the Bucs' second-stringer on Sundays until Josh Freeman develops. If Morris has his way, Johnson will never compete for a starting job, but will become a career backup quarterback in Tampa Bay.

    "I've talked about him being my Jason Garrett, that career backup," Morris said after Sunday's game. "You might as well force him into his role right now. We've talked about Freeman being the franchise around here. That's going to happen in time. That will happen when it happens.

    "You talk about preparing a guy you think can be your career backup, you think he can be long-term backup, you hope you can sign him in free agency when that stuff comes up. You want to put him in his role right now."

    Garrett spent 12 years in the NFL. He was Dallas' backup from 1993-99, spent three years with the New York Giants and a year each with Tampa Bay and Miami.

    When Garrett's career ended after the 2004 season, he had only nine career starts and had appeared in 40 games.

    When Johnson, Tampa Bay's fifth-round pick in 2008, was asked about Morris' desire for him to be a career backup, he exploded into laughter, mostly because it was the first time he heard it. Once Johnson realized the reporter's question was serious, he took the high road.

    "I have no reaction to it. I don't know," Johnson said. "I really can't speak for the future. I can only worry about right now, and as of right now, I am the backup to Byron (Leftwich) and helping Josh, who is being groomed to do what he's going to do in the future. I don't even worry about it.

    "If Coach says that, that's fine. We'll see what happens down the road, but as of right now, I am a backup for this team and that's my job."

    Johnson might be fortunate to have a job this year.

    He entered training camp as Tampa Bay's fourth-string quarterback and appeared to be the odd man out. Leftwich and Luke McCown were battling for the starting position and Freeman, this year's first-round draft pick, was a lock to make the team.

    Johnson's fortunes took a positive turn when McCown was traded to Jacksonville.

    "In this position, you never really know what is going to happen," Johnson said. "One thing all our coaches preach to you is staying ready and prepare like you're going to be the guy. That's what me and Freeman do.

    "We both prepare like we're the guy. You never know what might happen."

    What Morris does not foresee happening is Johnson competing for a starting position, which is another surprise in his unpredictable career.

    "He prepares as our No. 2 quarterback, but we put Josh Johnson in his role that we want him to be in right now," Morris said. "That's where his value is. That's what he means to us. That's what he's got to be for us.

    "That is what he is going to be for the next 10 years, hopefully, if I can get him re-signed. We'll all be happy with that."


    Here's the comment...
    Posted by ( JVand ) on 09/16/2009 at 05:29 am.

    Raheem has a good idea, but there are things you just don't say. You may have your sights on other girls, but you don't tell the one you have around that she is just a booty call.

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  • #2
    Somewhere down the line Josh will get a shot at starting in my opinion, but I seriously doubt that place is in Tampa Bay.

    He has a ton of talent.

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    • #3
      I'm surprised someone said that.

      Hey, you know that dream you've had since you were five years old? Yeah, not going to happen, sorry. Hey, at least you can carry a clipboard!

      He has way too much talent to sit on a sideline for long. He'll get a shot if he keeps his head down and works hard. Good things come to those who wait and all that, etc.

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      • #4
        What a dick thing to say. I've always liked John Johnson personally and still think he could be a quality starter in the league.
        The whole world loves neophyte athletic tight end Jimmy Graham from Miami with the 95th pick. "Best pick in the draft,'' one AFC coach told me. "Give him time, and in that offense, he'll be better than [Jeremy] Shockey by the start of next year.''

        “We know that no matter the adversity, be it the lockout, be it the suspension or be it a hurricane, our men will pull together and defend the honor of this city. We’ve shown we’ve been able to do that.” - Jabari Greer

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        • #5
          what a way to not get a player focussed. Does he even want johnson to get better cuz this kind of treatment kinda makes sure that he doesnt


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          • #6
            I hope Josh Johnson can get out of tampa as quickly as possible and get a legit shot at starting for another team. Say he goes to carolina and beats the bucs twice a year. :D

            In all seriousness, he's a great talent and should be able to start somewhere with the kind of QBs we see in this league. At 23, you don't tell a guy he'll be a career long back up. That can hurt his confidence.

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            • #7
              It sends a bad message to the team. That some players have certain roles that they are forced into and no matter how well they play they will always have that role.

              If Leftwich goes down and Johnson plays well it creates unnecessary tension.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bosanac01 View Post
                I hope Josh Johnson can get out of tampa as quickly as possible and get a legit shot at starting for another team. Say he goes to carolina and beats the bucs twice a year. :D

                In all seriousness, he's a great talent and should be able to start somewhere with the kind of QBs we see in this league. At 23, you don't tell a guy he'll be a career long back up. That can hurt his confidence.
                Quoted for truth

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                • #9
                  Every spot should be open for competition every year. Nothing should be handed to anyone so easily. Look at Earnest Graham who was nothing but a STer for a couple years.

                  Our QB management has been very poor thus far. McCown wasn't really given a fair chance and Johnson is now being pigeonholed as Freeman's backup. What has Freeman proven thus far in any situation?

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                  • #10
                    I think it's stupid to just declare one player is the future of your franchise and **** the world if they don't like it. You have to take things in stride, especially with two young QBs with huge potential.

                    BoneKrusher

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                    • #11
                      In 15 years we'll look back and see how this played out. Josh Freeman got his chances and blew it, Josh Johnson outplayed him and started for a long time with Freeman backing him up.

                      You just never know.

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                      • #12
                        It is a very dick thing to say but at least I can confidently say that Josh Johnson will probably be with the Bucs longer than Raheem Morris.

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                        • #13
                          So much for that. Josh Johnson named Buccaneers starting quarterback:

                          http://www.pewterreport.com/articles/view/5992

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                          • #14
                            WTF happened to Freeman?
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                            • #15
                              Raheem Morris: career defensive backs coach
                              Last edited by Geo; 09-28-2009, 04:40 PM.
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