TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Chris Simms will start as quarterback for the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers against New Orleans Sunday.
Simms, a second-year pro, will be making his first NFL start. He takes over at quarterback from Brad Johnson.
"I just want to get in there and maybe give a little spark, change things up and give us a new attitude," Simms said Wednesday. "I played a lot in the pre-season and I know how to play quarterback. I'm not going to make too many mistakes."
The quarterbacks were told of the switch Tuesday by Coach Jon Gruden.
The Buccaneers have averaged just 12.3 points a game this season. Johnson has thrown for 674 yards and three touchdowns. He has been intercepted three times and sacked eight times.
Tampa Bay is 0-4.
Simms made his NFL debut Sept. 19, playing most of the last three quarters in Tampa Bay's 10-6 loss to Seattle.