The 1-5 Falcons have finally pulled the switch on quarterback Joey Harrington, and are going with Plan B on Sunday with former Jags signal caller Byron Leftwich at New Orleans. Harrington was actually showing some signs of progress after the team topped the Texans three weeks ago, but then they stumbled bad to the Titans on the road, and then laid an even bigger egg at home Monday night to the Giants, losing 31-10.
As far as the numbers put up by Harrington, he had a QB rating of 80.3, but had thrown for just four TD’s in six games, going along with four interceptions. He has thrown for 1279 yards, and was sacked 21 times and was on pace to get sacked a total of 56 times this year. While the O-line was at fault plenty for Harrington’s sacks, the QB also held onto the ball way too long on some plays, allowing D-lineman and linebackers to get to him with ease.
“I brought them both in early this morning and met with them,” coach Bobby Petrino said. “I wanted to make sure Joey knew first, then I brought Byron in.” The Falcons are awful in just about every phase, ranking 27th in total offense, and 29th in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game. Turning to Leftwich likely won’t help matters, but not much else can be done for a team that is still reeling from losing Michael Vick with his issues before the season even started.
Good Luck Bryon, your going to need it with this team. “Football has been really taken away from me the last month and a half,” he said. “It just seems like it’s a new feeling. It’s all fun again. Any time you’re not out there, it’s a tough situation to deal with.”