Peter King of SI reports that the Jaguars are done with Byron Leftwich. What the hell happened? After four seasons, you can hardly call Leftwich a bust: his numbers were decent enough to make you think he's a young QB on the rise, and he was the QB of a successful team (winning records in 2004 and 2005). Certainly he has been prone to injury, but he's still a 27 year old QB that might be good. Now his 2007 season is probably worthless. He's not an early draft pick that has flamed out on the football field--he's got game and potential that could have been realized soon, in my opinion.
I really do believe this is bad for the Jags, too. They were actually good in 2006 (on offense 9th in points and 11th in yards, on defense 4th in points and 2nd in yards), but were very inconsistent, and (here's the important thing) David Garrard didn't give them much of a passing game. Maybe Leftwich wouldn't have given the Jags more than Garrard can this season, I don't know. But I really thought the Jaguars were going to be successful this year with Leftwich coming back to a team with a dominant running game and a very good defense. Let me frame it this way: if Leftwich had become available several months ago, I'd have wanted him to be the starting QB for the Vikings. If David Garrard became available several months ago, I'd rather stick with Tarvaris Jackson.
From a fantasy perspective, I'm slightly crushed. Remembering the solid chemistry Leftwich had with Jimmy Smith, I've been jazzed on Matt Jones, thinking Leftwich would boost his numbers. Now Jones is worthless (most people already thought he was worthless, but now they're right).
I always liked that Byron Leftwich: something about a completely immobile quarterback that looks good drilling the ball around pleases me. I saw a lot of really entertaining performances from Leftwich. Hopefully he finds a place to thrive in the future.