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Leftwich Hates the Jags; Loves Being in Pittsburgh

Byron Leftwich was supposed to be the franchise QB the Jaguars were waiting for. Instead, while the team had some success with him under center, it was basically four years of .500 football as the team went 24-20 in those seasons.

It still hurt the former first-round pick none the less when he was let go late in training camp before the 2007 season, and now, he’s letting loose on the team that he felt screwed it all up.

“The Jaguars really f–ked up that situation,” Leftwich recently told “We had a good group of players and the team let them all go. They let us all go. If they had been more patient, we could’ve done big things in Jacksonville.”

Leftwich tried to catch on with a couple teams after his release from the Jags, and it wasn’t till he landed with the Steelers before the 2008 season that he found any success – as a backup. A ring then took him to the Bucs for one bad year, before he landed back with the Steelers after a deal this past offseason.

“This is the first place where you feel like family,” Leftwich said. “This is where I want to spend the rest of my career. That’s what I mean by football paradise. This is football paradise. There is no B.S. here like other places. People tell you the truth here. They don’t lie to you. I don’t ever want to leave.”

Maybe next time he has the chance, unlike after 2008, he’ll think better of it.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Bubby Brister's Mop

    August 21, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Of course he does. The Jags will be the LA Jags in a few short years.

  2. jay

    August 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Same old song and dance from Arians’ red zone offense while I watch teh first half of this giants steelers game…Poor play calling, rely on Ben to bail you out and could someone please tell me why Essex is in the NFL!?! He fucking sucks! How’s that for decaf, matt, huh?!

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