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Morten Andersen And Byron Leftwich Have Come To Save Us All

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I never thought I'd be so happy to see an ancient kicker and an immobile quarterback, but this season has done wonders on me already. According to Rotoworld, the Falcons are pursuing Byron Leftwich and already have come to an agreement with Morten Andersen. This spells an end to the mercifully short Mattster Prater era; I wish him luck, but respectfully ask that he not let the door hit his butt on the way out. Andersen's not the strongest kicker in the world, but he's pretty good under 40 yards and definitely won't be dubbing up any 26 yarders in the near future.

Leftwich is the more interesting case. There's no way he'll be ready to start right away, and I see no reason why he should. Harrington is still playing as solid as he can right now and deserves a chance to cobble something together. Still, Leftwich is an immediate upgrade over Bramlet and Redman even without knowing the offense and makes me feel a hell of a lot better about our chances if Harrington goes down. And if Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo falls off a cliff halfway through the season, we have a former starting NFL quarterback who has some success in the league. For both of these moves, I don't see a downside--but I do see a lot of upside.