Falcons Switch QB’s from Harrington to Leftwich

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Byron Leftwich (4) is helped up by guard Justin Blalock (63) after Leftwich was sacked on the Tennessee Titans' 12-yard-line to end the Falcons' final drive

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.”


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2 Responses to “Falcons Switch QB’s from Harrington to Leftwich”

  1. Nate Acreman says:

    This seems like a bad decision by a coaching staff that’s been making nothing but bad decisions. I understand the logic here, you aren’t getting a decent amount of passing yards and you are doing more in the running game. Clearly offensive line isn’t the problem so it must be the Quarterback. The logic is okay, but it’s still wrong.

    Joey Harrington does have a tendency of holding the ball too long, waiting for something to develop. This does often lead to scrambling situations and when he does that the fear is he’ll throw the ball in to the hands of the defenders.

    That hasn’t really been the problem in Atlanta though. The problem in Atlanta this year is the same problem they had last year and the year before that. A quarterback can throw the ball all day long but at some point the receivers have to make the catch. We saw it too many times, the ball bouncing off the chest or bouncing out of the hands of the receivers.

    As for Byron Leftwich, he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars for a reason. So far that move has paid off huge for the Jaguars, as David Garrard has helped lead that team to a 4-1 start. Byron Leftwich is a quarterback in the mold of Drew Bledsoe in a lot of ways. He doesn’t move around the pocket a whole lot. He doesn’t have good awareness to what’s going on around him. He likes to force throws he shouldn’t. He also looks rigid when he is standing out there. And the biggest concern of all is he has yet to finish a season. Those flaws aren’t going to help the Falcons much at all.

    As I said, this is a horrible decision by the Falcons and it might very well be a give up move on a team that hasn’t been doing much anyways.

  2. Jesse says:

    [quote comment=”59242″]This seems like a bad decision by a coaching staff that’s been making nothing but bad decisions. I understand the logic here, you aren’t getting a decent amount of passing yards and you are doing more in the running game. Clearly offensive line isn’t the problem so it must be the Quarterback. The logic is okay, but it’s still wrong.

    Joey Harrington does have a tendency of holding the ball too long, waiting for something to develop. This does often lead to scrambling situations and when he does that the fear is he’ll throw the ball in to the hands of the defenders.

    That hasn’t really been the problem in Atlanta though. The problem in Atlanta this year is the same problem they had last year and the year before that. A quarterback can throw the ball all day long but at some point the receivers have to make the catch. We saw it too many times, the ball bouncing off the chest or bouncing out of the hands of the receivers.

    As for Byron Leftwich, he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars for a reason. So far that move has paid off huge for the Jaguars, as David Garrard has helped lead that team to a 4-1 start. Byron Leftwich is a quarterback in the mold of Drew Bledsoe in a lot of ways. He doesn’t move around the pocket a whole lot. He doesn’t have good awareness to what’s going on around him. He likes to force throws he shouldn’t. He also looks rigid when he is standing out there. And the biggest concern of all is he has yet to finish a season. Those flaws aren’t going to help the Falcons much at all.

    As I said, this is a horrible decision by the Falcons and it might very well be a give up move on a team that hasn’t been doing much anyways.[/quote]

    But its a good reason to go for Brohm!!!