The Joey Harrington Era is now officially over in Atlanta, as Bobby Petrino has decided to hand the offense over to Byron Leftwich for the rest of the season, saying the former Jacksonville QB will give them a better chance to win (obviously — no one really wants to trust a franchise to Harrington.) At least we can say this for Petrino now: he’s obviously not interested in tanking to get a chance at Brian Brohm. If Atlanta winds up doing poorly enough to draft the Louisville QB or Kentucky’s Andre Woodson, it won’t be intentional.
Let’s review that tally on the QB carousel. First, signal callers who have lost some time due to injury (at least initially):
- Jake Delhomme (elbow)
- David Carr (back)
- J.P. Losman (something leg-related)
- Trent Green (concussion)
- Marc Bulger (ribs)
- Josh McCown (ankle, I believe)
- Matt Leinart (shoulder)
- Kurt Warner (ligament)
- Vince Young (quad)
- Chad Pennington (ankle)
- Alex Smith (don’t recall)
Now, the more interesting list — this one’s for sucking:
- Rex Grossman
- Charlie Frye
- Steve McNair (part injury, part sucking)
- Tarvaris Jackson (although he’s starting again)
- Joey Harrington
This is the kind of turnover that gets Vinny Testaverde, Kelly Holcomb, Tim Rattay, and Tim Hasselbeck jobs again. Let’s say that this latest removal of Harrington won’t do much to help the Falcons — Jerious Norwood is showing up, big time — what they need is for their receivers that aren’t Crumpler to maybe catch a ball or two.
Who’s next on the QB Death List? I say Eric Mangini puts up with two more weeks of Pennington before going to Kellen Clemens.
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