Joey Harrington is not a happy camper these days in Atlanta. The former Detroit number one draft pick has been benched, yet again, this time in favor of former Jags signal caller Byron Leftwich. Harrington has had two forgettable outings in the last two weeks, losing to the Titans on the road and this past Monday night at home to the Giants. At 1-5, head coach Bobby Petrino passed right over backup Chris Redman as a possible solution to the QB issues, and will go with Leftwich, who just a few weeks ago was a man without a team.
Back to Harrington, for some odd reason he seemed to think that he should not have lost the starting job. As if going 1-5 and being ranked as one of the worst QB’s in the league was good enough to keep your job. “Is it tough? Yeah. It’s awful,” Harrington said. “It’s terrible. Every week I sit here and I pour every ounce of effort I have into this team. And to be sitting here at 1-5 and now to be replaced is a difficult thing to deal with, but it’s something I’ve dealt with before.” And the reason that he has dealt with it before is because he simply is not very good. Since his days failing with the Lions, Harrington has never showed the kind of talent many thought he had coming out of college. Now it’s back to the bench, exactly where he belongs.
“Absolutely I’m disappointed,” he said. “I think I’m allowed to disagree. That’s fair in this situation.” Sure Joey, you can disagree, but the facts are the facts. You are 24-48 as a starter, and this season you have played exactly one game out of six that likely would qualify for you to keep your job the following week. He’s on a team with a bad O-line, can’t move around much, and simply has not made an impact as a starter in Atlanta. While it hasn’t all been his fault (the team isn’t running the ball much either), Harrington had a shot to revive his poor NFL career in Atlanta, and instead finds himself where he usually does, riding the bench.