Leftwich replaces Harrington as Atlanta's starting QB Print
Written by Admin   
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:43
NFL Headline News

 FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -Byron Leftwich has replaced Joey Harrington as the Atlanta Falcons' starting quarterback.
Hoping to spark an offense that's struggled without suspended quarterback Michael Vick, coach Bobby Petrino said Wednesday he plans to keep Leftwich as his starter for the rest of the season.
``He has a very strong arm,'' Petrino said. ``He throws the ball deep down the field, and he just needs to be able to see it, and I have the confidence that he can put it in there. I think he'll do well.''
The decision wasn't difficult for Petrino after the offense failed to score off three New York turnovers on Monday night. The Giants won 31-10, dropping Atlanta to 1-5.
Petrino indicated that Leftwich might have played against New York if he hadn't missed so much practice time with a mild ankle sprain last week.
Offensively, the Falcons have scored only seven touchdowns.
Leftwich, who went 24-20 in four years with Jacksonville, signed a two-year, $7 million contract last month after being released. In his only appearance with Atlanta, Leftwich was 2-of-8 for 28 yards and one interception after replacing Harrington in the fourth quarter of a 20-13 loss at Tennessee two weeks ago.
The Falcons are 0-3 in the NFC going into Sunday's game at New Orleans (1-4). Only St. Louis, at 0-5, has a worse conference record, but Petrino believes his team can still gain ground.
Petrino has seen enough of Harrington, whose statistics are respectable with a 63.1 completion percentage and a passer rating of 80.1, but the offense continues to languish.
``That's the big part of it,'' the coach said. ``We need to make a change and get something going.''
Signed to be the backup to Vick after the Falcons traded Matt Schaub to Houston, Harrington is 24-48 as a starter with Detroit, Miami and Atlanta.
Vick, who pleaded guilty in Virginia two months ago to federal charges of bankrolling a dogfighting ring, led the Falcons to 39 wins and two playoff appearances in 65 games as a starter. Last year became the first NFL quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
Petrino decided in a staff meeting on Tuesday to bench Harrington and go with Leftwich.
``I brought them both in early this morning and met with them,'' Petrino said. ``I wanted to make sure Joey knew first, then I brought Byron in.''
 

NFL Team Pages

Top NFL Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NFL Futures

NFL TEAM CONFERENCE ODDS CURRENT
DENVER BRONCOS 11/4
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 13/4
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 7/2
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 4/1
GREEN BAY PACKERS 7/1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 10/1
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 10/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 12/1
PITTSBURGH STEELERS 12/1
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 12/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com