Falcons set to Face Reality: Interest in Leftwich Grows


The Falcons were going to sign another quarterback this week or next (About Time!), but Joey Harrington’s (stiff – once a bum, always a bum theory) performance in Sunday’s 13-7 loss to Jacksonville may have placed more urgency on bringing in a more experienced, and of course talented, quarterback.

If Leftwich is signed, he will be the third quarterback (What?!?) behind Harrington and Chris Redman. Falcons coach Bobby Petrino wants to bring in a passer who can be developed in his system and ultimately compete for the job (seriously?), while at the same time securing the depth behind Harrington ( I thought I’d never hear this said).

It’s great that Atlanta wants to bring in this former first-round pick (Marshall) and very skilled QB (can still be a Franchise QB), but what bothers me the most is this article. How can you say he’d be the third QB in the depth chart when Chris Redman has done almost as much as I have in the NFL! Redman, a former Louisville Cardinal QB (hint, hint, why he’s on the team), is a complete shock to me because I still cannot figure out why someone would want him on their team, let alone, be in contention for a starting job. If anything he should instead be manning a position in which he bags yours/mine groceries at a nearby 7-11 store or a Wal-Mart!

Petrino (Louisville) now reminds me of Steve Spurrier, coaching in the NFL (remember, ie: Danny Weurffel and Shane Matthews), not his best option; the reason being, he is taking overachieving collegiate signal callers from his own school that he used to coach, and then he tries to groom into his system (they know it well, so what!) then, to eventually become a starter. This concept is pure stupidity, a boneheaded move by Petrino, and he should’ve definitely stuck to College. Just like Spurrier, he will go back to the NCAA where he belongs, after he finally realizes that “his” players that worked out well in College just won’t cut in the NFL. I’m overly displeased and upset at how if they sign Leftwich, he would be #3 (?) on the Depth Chart. I know, I know, he doesn’t know the system and you cannot plug him in and start Byron right away, but why not?!?

Atlanta’s offense does not seem to complex for me, just looks like from watching back in the recliner that they’re just running simple “safe” routes (only check downs and dump offs allowed), along with running the football 60% of the time. Plus, on the other hand, the defense is on the field most of the time, the offense goes 3 & out, so in essence, how hard is it to understand their mediocre, peewee football playbook. Harrington is probably one of the worst, if not the worst, starting QB throughout the past 10 years, and in words I cannot tell you how useless is it for the Falcons’ offensive players to line up when he has the rock, starting the game. There’s no sense going into another game where he is under center taking the majority of the snaps. Securing depth behind this duck or “quacker” (Oregon), will not get the job done, so if Leftwich is signed, he should take over the starting role the minute he steps foot onto the practice field, I know that, you definitely know that, and Harrington, for sure you know this is true (if you are reading). Hopefully, Atlanta will come toe-to-toe, face-to-face, and to comprehension, with what reality shows, and end the “Falconitis”, the coin-phrased for Atlanta Falcons Football (offensive play calling that is so bland/vanilla/boring for the game, that you have to turn off the television set), as their performance on the field is about as bad as an actual reality show.

I can’t wait ‘till I hear all the boo-birds for the “Dirty Birds” this Sunday in the Georgia Dome, it will be too funny. This offensive/quarterback play is a sore for the eyes and a pain watch; now all that needs to be done is to have it be a permanent and instilled, “true” punishment for criminals/fugitives to watch as part of their time for doing the crime, this is totally ridiculous (what a punishment!). Petrino, I hope you read this article, and turn your sorry football team around, there are no excuses to use (all out of usage), and no more fingers to point, it’s all on you. Signing Leftwich may be the only way the Falcons will be able to put up more than 10 points on the board this season. He, without a doubt in my mind, is still is a capable enough NFL QB and a legitimate starter; someone you don’t have to use, in Hotlanta.

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