With the announcement that the Bucs would start Johnson over Leftwich in Week 4 it made me realize something. In the 7 regular season games for the Buccaneers, they've had 4 different starting quarterbacks. That is ridiculous.
Josh Johnson - Week 4 -? 2009 - Not played.
It seems that the quarterback carousel is alive and well under our new head coach. This is pure speculation, but I have to believe that at the latest of Week 1 2010, Freeman will see the field as a starting quarterback which would put us at five starting quarterbacks in a 2 year period. It's hard for any organization, any scheme, any coach, any player to develop a rhythm, to develop accountability, and consistency when the position is flipped around so frequently.
Each quarterback that has started has had their obvious strengths and weaknesses. Johnson will bring better mobility than Garcia, an arm like Leftwich, and hopefully the decision making he showed in college with his 49 TD's and 1 INT in his senior season. As long as he remembers quarterback first, escape when necessary, I think he will be fine. The line needs to give him some time, the receivers need to help, and the coaches have to plan for him, adjust to his tendencies.
Josh Johnson gets his chance to shine on Sunday. It may be a one week cameo or may develop into a longer term situation. If I were him, I wouldn't bank on anything. The previous few years have shown that no QB is safe in Tampa.