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Ex-Jag: Leftwich needs to shut up

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11:44 AM ET 08.21 | Earlier this week, current Steelers presumed interim starter and former Jaguars starter Byron Leftwich said the team that acquired him in the first round of the 2003 "really ------ up that situation" by getting rid of Leftwich and other key players. Now, one of the original Jaguars has responded. Linebacker Tom McManus, who played for the team from 1995 through 1999 and now hosts a morning-drive radio show on the Jacksonville FOX Sports Radio affiliate, contacted us via e-mail with a message for Leftwich. "Please tell Byron Leftwich to shut his mouth," McManus said. "That guy lives in fantasy land. The reality? He was average at best, Mike. I don't care about stats. If you watched him week to week while he was the starter here in town, like I did, he would make you pull your hair out."

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Byron Leftwich, AP Byron Leftwich, AP
August 21, 2010  11:51 AM ET

Well...

August 21, 2010  11:59 AM ET

The Jags had a losing season last year. Maybe he was right.

August 21, 2010  12:14 PM ET

2003 NFL Draft

At the 2003 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens agreed to a trade to move the Ravens into position to take Leftwich with Minnesota's seventh overall selection. However, one of the teams had second thoughts at the last minute and the Vikings missed the allotted time for their pick. As a result, they defaulted the selection and were dropped to ninth. The Jaguars, originally supposed to draft eighth, moved up and took Leftwich with the seventh overall pick.
Oh how the Jags must hate the Vikings and Ravens

August 21, 2010  12:18 PM ET

Roethlisberger was sacked 50 times last season???tied for most in the NFL???and the Steelers have already lost right tackle Willie Colon(notes) for the season.

you know I find it funny at most stadiums they have statues outside of the stadium not on the field

August 21, 2010  12:22 PM ET

This was a case of scouts loving a guy (just think he doesn't get carried on to the field against Akron with a broken shin he's a 3rd- 4th round pick )even though his pedestrian 40 's should have been a clue

August 21, 2010  01:12 PM ET

But Leftwich is still in the NFL while McNobody is the co-host of a radio show that no one listens to. He had to email profootballtalk to get his message out because no one cares what he thinks. Were it the former coach or GM or even Tony Boselli, I would listen.

August 21, 2010  02:25 PM ET

This guy is a good player at best and only for one or two games, then he either looses it or teams figure him out, seen it while Ben was injured and at the Jags. Anyone that is a permanent backup in the NFL should not call out his old team, shows everyone why he is not nor never will be a starter. Isn't this the same guy that has tried to leave every team he is a backup at to be a starter and he never becomes one?

August 21, 2010  02:30 PM ET

Night mare?

August 21, 2010  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

2003 NFL DraftAt the 2003 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens agreed to a trade to move the Ravens into position to take Leftwich with Minnesota's seventh overall selection. However, one of the teams had second thoughts at the last minute and the Vikings missed the allotted time for their pick. As a result, they defaulted the selection and were dropped to ninth. The Jaguars, originally supposed to draft eighth, moved up and took Leftwich with the seventh overall pick.Oh how the Jags must hate the Vikings and Ravens

Ah yes Swamp Dragon, I remember that 2003 NFL Draft Scinario after reading your post. And also some of the pre-draft hype of how Minnesota was planning on developing Byron Leftwich for the Vikes offense.... You always do a Great job staying on-top of issues in these T and R Threads...

August 21, 2010  03:28 PM ET

If you really need to know the inside scoop on a player, all it takes is for someone ask a current/ former coach or teammate, and you'll findout everything from A to Z... And that is what happened here--Byron Leftwich was playing "Jaw-Jockey" telling everyone how great and super he was in Jacksonville and is in Pittsburgh now-- And his former teammate, Tom McManus, stoodup and provided the public with the corrected information. We would not want Leftwich, to mis-state the truth , would we?
Going all the way back to Leftwich's days at Marshall; I never seen him as being that super and running with the Herd there.
Infact as bad a Rotheisburger has been playing lately in Pittsburgh, if Leftwich quarterback talents matched his ego, Byron Leftwich would be getting some comprtition from 3rd year QB Dixion as theSteelers Quarterback right now... but Byron Leftwich is still yappin' about his ability and how crappy he was treated in Jacksonville--- Sounds lile an NBA Player in Miami with the initals of LBJ>>> Another sad story!!
"Please tell to shut his mouth," McManus said. "That guy lives in fantasy land. The reality? He was average at best, Mike. I don't care about stats. If you watched him week to week while he was the starter here in town, like I did, he would make you pull your hair out."

August 21, 2010  03:32 PM ET

He's slow, non-athletic, and has that awful looking windmill throwing motion!

August 21, 2010  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

But Leftwich is still in the NFL while McNobody is the co-host of a radio show that no one listens to. He had to email profootballtalk to get his message out because no one cares what he thinks. Were it the former coach or GM or even Tony Boselli, I would listen.

Listen or don't listen the guy was right. Leftwich has never been more than average at best.

August 21, 2010  06:28 PM ET

He couldn't beat out Chris Redman for the back-up job in Atlanta who was out of the NFL for two years selling insurance.

August 21, 2010  06:33 PM ET

Byron Leftwich couldn't beat out Chris Redman in Atlanta for the back-up job. Redman had been out of the NFL for two years selling insurance. Pittsburgh should start Dixon over him.

August 21, 2010  08:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Listen or don't listen the guy was right. Leftwich has never been more than average at best.

Exactly. And too often he has been less than that. A career back up.

August 21, 2010  09:34 PM ET

gdfgfhj... go blow a monkey.

August 21, 2010  11:09 PM ET

I'll bet Mcmanus wouldn't tell Ivan Koloff to shut his mouth.

August 21, 2010  11:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Roethlisberger was sacked 50 times last season???tied for most in the NFL???and the Steelers have already lost right tackle Willie Colon(notes) for the season.you know I find it funny at most stadiums they have statues outside of the stadium not on the field

he was weighed down by the two Super Bowl rings

August 22, 2010  12:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#30):

he was weighed down by the two Super Bowl rings

Don't you mean his legal bills?

 
August 22, 2010  08:35 AM ET

I thought he was one of the best Jags ever...he played pretty well and gave them leadership. Hes a good player, not great, good. Hes a better backup than alot of backup qbs in the nfl!

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