Leftwich looking to fit into West Coast mold

Updated: May 6, 2003, 12:00 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
When the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Byron Leftwich with the seventh overall pick of the draft, the pick didn't seem to make much sense, given the seemingly imperfect marriage between Leftwich and the West Coast offense. While Leftwich was by far the best available player left on the board and the future of Mark Brunell is tenuous, the move left many scratching their heads.

The West Coast offense calls for a limited use of the shotgun formation and a quarterback with mobility. The 6'5", 242-pound Leftwich played predominantly out of the shotgun at Marshall and even before breaking his leg twice, he wasn't going to scare anyone with his speed or elusiveness. But that's not a worry to Jags offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who believes that Leftwich has what it takes to make a smooth transition to the offensive format perfected by Bill Walsh and the San Francisco 49ers.


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