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    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Coach Bobby Petrino said today that when Byron Leftwich is healthy enough, he would start at quarterback for the Falcons. Neither Petrino nor Leftwich ruled out the possibility of Leftwich starting this Sunday against Tampa Bay at the Georgia Dome.

    Leftwich went through his first full practice since having ligaments surgically repaired and fortified on his right ankle three weeks ago. Petrino said he was surprised at how good Leftwich appeared. Leftwich said he felt great. How Leftwich’s ankle responds to the physical stress will determine how soon he would be back on the game field.

    As for current starter Joey Harrington, he wasn’t happy. Especially since it was a query from the AJC after Petrino and Leftwich already spoke to reporters that led him finding out about him being on borrowed time.

    Harrington, who was taken aback, said he thought he earned the right to remain the starter but took the high road for the most part from there. Once again, communication seemed like a problem — sort of.

    Petrino, in his remarks, said weeks ago that Leftwich was the starter for good and that Harrington would be the backup. Though Leftwich’s right ankle injury temporarily threw a wrench into things, Petrino said he would stick to the original plan of having Leftwich be his guy when he’s ready.

  • #2
    I personally feel like Leftwich is our best option at QB because he can throw down field which would make CB give our WR some cushion..Joey sucks man I hope he doesnt get that start.

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    • #3
      Aw. I feel bad for Joey.

      "He's the leader of the next great class of NFL players." - John Elway on Matt Ryan

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      • #4
        Joey Harrington needs to understand what he is. He isn't a starting caliber NFL QB. He will be one of those back-up types that can play decent if called upon for a few games here or there.

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        • #5
          I like the way Petrino handled it. Shows he can make the tough decision without turning it into a soap opera.
          TD 2011 catch-phrase: "explosive"

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          • #6
            From an outsider's perspective, Leftwich has to be the starter, if healthy. You already know what Harrington can('t) do. Give Leftwich the reigns, see if he can tap that potential he had coming out of college.

            Paul

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NYGibril28 View Post
              From an outsider's perspective, Leftwich has to be the starter, if healthy. You already know what Harrington can('t) do. Give Leftwich the reigns, see if he can tap that potential he had coming out of college.
              we know what both can('t) do and leftwich isnt any better then harrington right now

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 619 View Post
                we know what both can('t) do and leftwich isnt any better then harrington right now
                Leftwich has a lot more potential. One of the strongest arms in the NFL, and he's a leader on the field. If he can stay healthy, I think he's got a shot of being ATL's QB for a long time.

                Paul

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 619 View Post
                  we know what both can('t) do and leftwich isnt any better then harrington right now

                  The only thing that has held Leftwich back is injuries. his on the field performance is easily superior to that of Harrington.

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                  • #10
                    This was really just another example of poor journalism. Petrino hadn't made any decision about the starter for TB, other than what he said before the Giants game about Lefty being the permanent starter. So for a journalist to ask how Harrington felt about being benched after winning two games was just wrong.

                    I like how Petrino has dealt with it. He has both guys preparing to start. At some point, he'll make a decision. No soap opera (see, for comparison, the Bears...).

                    Oh, and Leftwich's performance in the half against the Saints was very promising. Harrington, even when playing decently, has not come close to exploiting as much of Petrino's offense as Lefty can.

                    If Lefty can stay healthy, the Oline can create some space, and the D plays at the same level, we could actually make a tilt at this pathetic division...
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                    • #11
                      You kinda have a simple rule: you cant take away a players starting role just because he was injured for a couple of weeks. Is Joey mad now with Redman starting because he really shouldn't be. When you have an opportunity he had you got to take advatage of it and he hasn't.

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