#1 Jun 16, 2008
Leftwich has what it takes to lead a good NFL team. The Jags let him take a very big beating from the very start and he still produced winning teams. He has had a few months to heal physically. Now if he is menatly strong he could be a real steal for a wise team.
#2 Jul 5, 2008
Having watched Leftwich as a Jaguar's player I think he is more suited for college ball than the NFL. Experts and players all agree that the speed of the game in the NFL is much quicker than in college. Plus, the NFL is mostly composed of the elite players from the college ranks - the quicker, more athletic and skilled in their position type players. Lefwich doesn't appear to be very fast, he's not agile, and he doesn't make quick reads or decisions. However, he is a very good passer if given the time. There lies the problem - time. In the NFL, the game is quicker and you have very skilled players in every position. Since Lefwich requires time for the play to develop and doesn't have the athleticism to make plays on the run, if the pass play goes bad so does Leftwich. He'll either make a hurried pass, throw an interception, take a sack or cough the ball up when trying to evade the pass ruch. He simply can not excel in the NFL because of the speed of the game, the caliber of his opponents, and his not able to make quick and decisive decisions. Leftwich can exist in the NFL as a back-up but nothing more than that.
#3 Jul 11, 2008
Byron won't even make a good back up quarterback. I was a season ticket holder for years. After his first season I saw he would never be a good PRO quarterback. Too slow. Clumsy. lazy. Stubbornly puts himself above the welfare of the team. I gave up my season tickets and said, "When Byron's gone, I'm back. "I'm baaaaack". The Jags have a quarterback now, too bad it took 5 years to see him. Their future is NOW!
#4 Jul 29, 2008
i disagree with the last two posters. THey must not have watched every game close enough. The Wide receivers were the main problem. LEftwich had to be perfect with the ball. They dropped too many passes and they did as a group even without Leftwich in there last year. THe offensive system was redone with the new offensive coordinator and it was much simple. I think Leftwich would have done the same if not better than Garrard last year in taking the team deep in the playoffs.
Leftwich does not throw interceptions that often or turn the ball over. Garrard despite his great year last year is more prone to the turnover. Garrards main ability that would seperate him from Lefty is mobility.
Since the Jags don't have any receiver that can get open, mobility is needed with the pocket collapses.
Leftwich has lost 25-30 pounds this off season and is down to 225-230 pounds. That will help any ankle issues. He just needs another chance or rather A CHANCE. That offensive system they have down there now is killer. It reminds of the Cowboys system of the early 80's. All they need is some Wide Receivers! or at least one!:)
The pass protection improved greatly last year too!
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