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Del Rio: Leftwich will start for JAX in 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- There is snow on the ground here, and NFL training camps won't open for more than five months, but Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio used the start of the NFL's scouting combine Thursday to announce his starting quarterback for 2007.

 

 

Leftwich

 

And the name at the top of the depth chart is four-year veteran Byron Leftwich, who finished last season on injured reserve and rehabilitating from ankle surgery, and whose future with the Jaguars was thought to be tenuous at best.

 

"Yeah, he's it," Del Rio said late Thursday afternoon. "There isn't going to be any kind of open competition in training camp. Byron will go to camp No. 1 and we expect him to be the starter. As an organization, we've evaluated it from every angle and we feel that it's the best thing for us."

 

Del Rio earlier in the day made similar pronouncements to the team-operated Web site and to the Florida Times-Union.

 

The announcement should end speculation that Leftwich, the Jaguars' first-round choice in the 2003 draft and essentially the face of the franchise until the left ankle injury forced him to the sideline for the final 10 games of the 2006 season, had played his final snap for the club. That said, things could still be very interesting on the Jacksonville quarterback front, especially given Leftwich's contract status and the desire of David Garrard, who finished last year in the lineup, to be a starter somewhere in the league.

 

Leftwich, 27, is entering the final season of his original rookie contract and is due a base salary of $5.2 million for 2007. There have been no substantive discussions regarding an extension, but the track record of agent Tom Condon suggests he will want to address that issue with Jacksonville officials.

 

Condon has rarely permitted a high-profile client such as Leftwich to enter a lame-duck season on his contract. Neither Leftwich nor Condon could be reached for comment. Garrard was 5-5 as the starter after replacing Leftwich, and is regarded as a player who could start full time for a number of teams in the league.

 

Del Rio said he "definitely expects" Garrard and No. 3 quarterback Quinn Gray to return in 2007 and emphasized the Jaguars feel comfortable with the quarterback depth chart and will not attempt to add to it. He also conceded that he had not handled the Leftwich situation as well as he could have, but said every offseason evaluation meeting that Jacksonville officials conducted pointed to the former Marshall star as the starter.

 

"It's just the best way to go," Del Rio said, "and letting people know where they stand now is the best way to do it."

 

Del Rio said that Leftwich, with whom he met after the Super Bowl, has been apprised of the situation. Leftwich also met recently with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, the former head coach at Arizona State, to discuss philosophies and potential design changes.

 

Leftwich was benched last year after a poor outing against the Houston Texans, and the Jags suspected his bothersome left ankle was worse than originally indicated. He eventually was placed on injured reserve and underwent arthroscopic surgery. In six starts, Leftwich completed 108 of 183 pass attempts for 1,159 yards, with seven touchdown passes and five interceptions, for an efficiency rating of 79.5.

 

In 46 career appearances, all but two as a starter, Leftwich has completed 789 of 1,344 passes for 9,042 yards, with 51 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions, for an efficiency rating of 80.5.

 

 

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What a crock he is......he said after the season there would be an open competition next year.

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Why not... He was soo much better than Gerrard last year, right?

One more wrong step further into the wrong direction...

Jacksonville... Where being mediocre is what we aim for...

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Hopefully this is coach speak and they are trying to move someone.

 

 

No, I'm pretty sure that your overrated team will continue their seven-year streak of zero playoff wins.

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Why not... He was soo much better than Gerrard last year, right?

One more wrong step further into the wrong direction...

Jacksonville... Where being mediocre is what we aim for...

 

 

I couldn't agree with you more. Mediocrity is all we have to look forward to under this regime. The offensive coordinators keep getting the blame, but the bottom line is that the personnel decisions on this team have been a disaster since Coughlin left.

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well that, and Del Rio can't make a decision and stick with it. I don't think he's a very good coach.

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I'm pretty sure that your overrated team

 

If they haven't won a playoff game in that long... who is overrating them? Seems this is the only example we needed to see you don't know much about this game.

 

Interesting stat... as of week 16 or so, Jax had the highest winning percentage in the league against winning teams, and the worst winning percentage against losing teams. That is a glaring stat.

 

I am not a fan of our blackfield either, but they haven't called me for advice in awhile.

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If they haven't won a playoff game in that long... who is overrating them?

 

Many of the same pundits who claim that Carolina was going to the Super Bowl this past season, the season before that, and the season before that. I guess that the four cupcake games every year against HOU and TEN make that vaunted defense look a lot better than they really are.

 

Seems this is the only example we needed to see you don't know much about this game.

 

:D

 

Interesting stat... as of week 16 or so, Jax had the highest winning percentage in the league against winning teams, and the worst winning percentage against losing teams. That is a glaring stat.

 

Interesting stat: Jacksonville's offense was ranked 9th in points scored and their D was ranked 4th in points allowed last year, yet they only managed an 8-8 season with no playoff appearance. What an overrated, underachieving bunch of clowns. :D

Edited by Bill Swerski

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I guess that the four cupcake games every year against HOU and TEN make that vaunted defense look a lot better than they really are.

 

 

:D

 

You have the intelligence of ugly tuna and the critical thinking ability of lulu... if you don't think the jags had a great defense, a vaunted defense if you will, there is nothing left to talk about.

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:D

 

You have the intelligence of ugly tuna and the critical thinking ability of lulu

 

:D

 

... if you don't think the jags had a great good defense, a vaunted defense if you will, there is nothing left to talk about.

 

Fixed

 

What was that you were saying about nobody overrating JAX? :tup:

Edited by Bill Swerski

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And as unfortunate it is for the Jags and their fans, they're going to AGAIN fall short in the AFC South. I cannot figure out for the life of me what they see in him down there in Jacksonville. He's an NFL backup at best.

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They were good enough to give peyton the worst game of his career.

 

Do you hang a banner for that?

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