Falcons Get Leftwich, But Shouldn't They Have Gotten Him Sooner?

The Atlanta Falcons signed quarterback Byron Leftwich on Tuesday.

The question is: What took so long?

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Leftwich before the season. The Falcons went into the season with Joey Harrington and Chris Redman as their top two quarterbacks. Did they really think that Harrington was going to turn around his career suddenly and become a reliable starter? Did they really think that Redman was a viable alternative?

If they did, they were misguided--about as misguided as they were when they traded then-backup Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans in the offseason. While Schaub has the Texans off to a 2-0 start, Harrington has been sacked 13 times in two games and the Falcons have scored only 10 points while going 0-2.

Now, at least, they have a quarterback in the fold who's had some success as an NFL starter. But Leftwich is two weeks behind where he could have been in learning the offensive system of Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino.

Signing Leftwich was a no-brainer move, and the Falcons should have made it even sooner.

By Mark Maske |  September 19, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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