Titans interested in Byron Leftwich?


As Tennessee Titan fans, we are pretty familiar with former first round QB Byron Leftwich. As a member of the Jaguars, the Titans faced “Lefty” on a routine basis. Last year, the Titans went against Leftwich during last season’s victory over the Falcons.
Later this week, the Titans will take another look at Leftwich, but this time, it won’t be as an opposing player: he’s visiting the Titans as a free agent in search of an employer.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean is reporting that Leftwich will be at Baptist Sports Park later this week as the Titans continue to evaluate potential free agents who could be considered if an injury arises.
I admired Leftwich as a collegian during his days at Marshall. His gritty performance in one game while playing on a broken leg was impressive, and as a first round selection of the Jags in 2003, I thought that he would be a Titan-nemesis for years to come.
Of course, the emergence of David Garrard was the reason why Leftwich’s days were numbered in Jacksonville in a controversial but ultimately, correct decision by coach Jack Del Rio to pull the plug on Byron’s status as their starting qb.
Leftwich is extremely immobile with piss-poor mechanics but does have a big arm and could thrive in an offense with a strong offensive line. I’d like him as a backup and at the relatively young age of 28, there’s no guarantee that his days as a starter in this league are over.
Of course, he isn’t going to start in Tennessee and at this time, there are 31 other teams in the NFL who feel the same way towards his ability to start or hold the clipboard for their franchises.
Would Byron be a good fit as a backup in Nashville?


6 Responses to “Titans interested in Byron Leftwich?”

  1. Dave Says:

    I am fine with our back-up/s now. Kerry Collins played well in relief last year and at times I found myself hoping he would be playing ( sorry, Vince….I still have high hopes for you)

  2. Markus Says:

    Leftwich is less mobile than Collins (if that’s possible). You’ve probably noticed that teams blitz us a lot and try to put presssure on the QB. Leftwich’s immobility is more than poor pocket presence. He holds the ball by his side (fumbles) and has a crazy wind up. Defenses (like ours) salivate at the chance to play against him. This is just the staff doing their due diligence. The chances he comes to us are nil…and I personally don’t want to see him under center, unless he’s our opponent!

  3. Tom Gower Says:

    Michael Lombardi was really complimentary about Byron (note: me being sarcastic).
    I admit it, coming out of college I thought he’d be a good NFL QB. Ah, well, can’t get ’em all right.

  4. jerry t Says:

    And that’s one that will stay wrong. The titans bust him up for years.

  5. Drexel Perry Says:

    Those are some pretty scathing words from Lombardi.
    As I suggested in the article, I was also wrong about Byron. I loved his toughness and leadership in college.
    Unfortunately for him, things haven’t worked out too well on the NFL level.

  6. geber22 Says:

    I’m a huge Leftwich fan and still believe he is better than half the qb’s starting in the NFL today. If you look at his numbers he had a heck of a start, posting above an 80 qb rating in his 2nd year and an 89 in his third year. Injuries have slowed him down as of late, but he’s a real talented and young guy. Michael Lombardi is an idiot who wouldn’t know a football if it hit him in the head.

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