Byron Leftwich had become almost a legend. He had proved that he could take punishment. He had a strong arm, a very strong arm. I thought that he had a problem with locking on to receivers. It is easy to do but in the NFL you can’t do it. Byron’s other problem was that he took too much punishment. He got hurt. Taking all of that into account, it was very surprising to hear that the Jaguars let Byron go after training camp and 4 pre-season games. There was no hint. No warning. Yesterday he was the starter. Today he is looking for a job.
David Garrard proved that he can play in the NFL last year. He is mobile. He has a strong arm. He is mobile. With pass rushers becoming faster and faster, the quarterback must get out of the way some times.
I do feel sorry for Byron.
One of his toughest was letting him go.
Del Rio and the Jaguars said Friday they are parting ways with Leftwich after four frustrating, injury-filled seasons. They hope to trade him but are resigned to releasing the former first-round draft pick.
“To make a decision this bold requires some strong conviction, and I have that,” Del Rio said. (more…)