Some interesting allegations in here regarding Colts D-line coach and those "hand gestures" Leftwich made towards the Colt's sidlines Sunday:
The Florida Times-Union
September 19, 2005
Jags lost their cool in heat of brutal battle
He is treated like a human banana split -- one leg at 12 o'clock and the other at six. Then he gets up. He suffers a direct helmet-to-helmet hit from Dwight Freeney, who flew through the air like a caped superhero, a torpedo in shoulder pads, and then he gets up.
That should be his theme song: I'm woozy, I'm bruised, but give me a minute to reattach my knee, and remove the cobwebs from my head, because I'll be back. Because I always get up.
Byron Leftwich wobbles but he doesn't fall down.
If his beating at the hands of Colts defenders was any worse, someone would have been forced to call the State Police.
In a sport that soaks in violence on weekly basis, this was a particularly bloodied contest, even by NFL standards. Helmets flew, jaws were rattled, and knees were shattered. Leftwich again demonstrated the kind of toughness you want to see in a young thrower.
If I was forced to choose only one person to watch my back in a dark alley, it would be Leftwich, because he is harder to intimidate than a Sopranos lieutenant.
The only thing that failed Leftwich was his composure and he was not alone. The Jaguars cracked at moments when they needed to be cool, lost their wits when Jordan-like iciness was required.
The defense made Peyton Manning look like John Peyton, but gave up a crucial 17-play, 88-yard drive to the Colts in the fourth quarter. Paul Spicer, the smart veteran, was called for roughing the passer late in the game. Deon Grant was so upset over a call he had to be pulled away from the face of a game official.
Champions don't make these kinds of mistakes in big games at big moments.
Leftwich's lapse was so out of character for him, it is still difficult to believe it happened. When Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck made a comment to Leftwich that the quarterback felt was inappropriate, Leftwich temporarily lost his mind.
He walked toward the Colts sideline, cursed at Teerlinck, and then made an obscene gesture. (Let's just say it was a form of sign language.) By doing so, he risked an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Then, just a few seconds later, Leftwich again informed Teerlinck he was No. 1, using the same obscene gesture after Teerlinck, who is known in football for teaching his linemen questionable tactics, verbally responded to Leftwich's initial use of the gesture.
After the game, when meeting with the media, Leftwich handled the situation with his usual humor and class, joking that Teerlinck simply complimented him on his quarterbacking skills.
"He started it though," Leftwich made sure to point out.
Just as Leftwich does not like to stay on the ground no matter how brutal a hit he suffers because of his belief that it can demoralize the offense, the team also cannot see its quarterback go Russell Crowe on someone. Leftwich is human and things happen in the heat of a game but the QB must be the coolest of them all, almost no matter the circumstances. He sets the tone.
We will not see Leftwich lose his head like that again. He's too smart. He learns from his mistakes.
But will the rest of the team do the same?
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Kick returner-wide receiver Chad Owens, who was a sensation in training camp but fell out of favor when he started dropping punts, was waived by the Jaguars Monday.
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