|View from the Other Side: Falcons @ Titans
Oct 8, 2007
"They changed the quarterback and lost anyway. They changed the quarterback, had an opponent try to hand them two scoring drives in the final minutes and still did a faceplant.
They changed the quarterback and the problems didn’t go away. The problems turned into Mount Vesuvius. If you believed a locker room meltdown might come late in a losing season, you were wrong. The Falcons didn’t even make it to the bye week.
“I’ve never been in a game where we had that many opportunities — and a miracle, with a [botched] punt — and we still couldn’t score,” tight end Alge Crumpler said. “When we cross the 50, we’re the worst offense in the National Football League."
"A hard-to-describe 20-13 loss at Tennessee on Sunday was another downward step some players said they felt was impossible because the stairwell had already stopped at the basement.
The most combustible element to it all — and there are plenty of problems — is a quarterback controversy that was introduced when Falcons coach Bobby Petrino pulled starter Joey Harrington and inserted No. 3 quarterback Byron Leftwich with
10:43 remaining, trailing by seven points.
Leftwich, signed less than three weeks ago to a two-year, free-agent contract, couldn't do what Harrington couldn't do, which was lead the offense to a touchdown despite the defense and special teams forcing five turnovers and repeatedly gift-wrapping scoring opportunities.
That included having four downs to score from Tennessee's 1-yard line with two minutes remaining."