QB Joey Harrington - Free Agent

6-4, 220Born: 10-21-1978College: OregonDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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Game Recaps

2007 Week 1 vs MIN (23 / 32 / 199 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Harrington had difficulty finding any rhythm during the game. From the first series, he was under consistent pressure the entire afternoon, being sacked a total of 6 times. Harrington's completion percentage was decent, finishing 22 of 32 for a 68.7% completion rate. However, he rarely threw the ball deep, tending to settle for second and third safer option on many plays. Joey Harrington finished with 199 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Both interceptions were returned for touchdowns. He also had one scramble for eight yards, converting a third down.

2007 Week 2 vs JAX (12 / 20 / 200 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Harrington appeared poised when he had time to throw, and completed a high percentage of the short and intermediate passes he threw, some of which were turned into significant gains as a result of good running after the catch by his receivers. However there were periods during the game where it seemed the Jaguars' pass rush affected his rhythm and he missed open receivers at times. He did keep his team close and on their last series of the game displayed good athleticism in evading a pass rush and scrambling for a long gain and first down. That play was nullified due to an offensive penalty, and Harrington was sacked on the next play, which ended the drive and in essence the Falcons' chances of forcing the game into overtime.

2007 Week 3 vs CAR (31 / 44 / 361 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Harrington had an excellent game throwing for 361 yards and two touchdowns. It was his highest passing yards since week seven of 2006. He spread the ball around to eight different players and was extremely efficient, completing 70% of his passes. Harrington did not throw an interception and was only sacked once after being sacked 13 times in the prior two games.

2007 Week 4 vs HOU (23 / 29 / 223 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Harrington had a very good game. He looked very comfortable directing the offense and made good decisions in the face of an aggressive pass rush. Harrington made a variety of throws and appeared poised and confident throughout the game. He spread the ball around and did not lock onto any one receiver, while displaying good touch on shorter passes and enough arm strength on longer ones. Of his six incompletions, one was intentionally overthrown and two were excellent defensive plays by defenders who deflected his passes at the last moment.

2007 Week 5 vs TEN (16 / 31 / 87 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington struggled in the first twenty minutes of the second half, leading to coach Bobby Petrino's decision to pull him from the game with the Falcons trailing by one touchdown. Prior to exiting, Harrington was averaging less than three yards per passing attempt, and was failing to execute the offensive game plan hinging on completing a high percentage of passes, for which he was just above 50%. The Falcons play the Giants at home on Monday night in week six, giving the coaching staff an extra day to evaluate whom they believe will give the team the best chance to win.

2007 Week 6 vs NYG (18 / 39 / 209 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Harrington and the Falcons passing offense did little in the first half as he completed eight for 14 for 69 yards. Atlanta's offensive line came in to the game depleted as both starting tackles were out with injuries. The Giants started to get a better pass rush as the first half went on, and they sacked Harrington three times, and put pressure on him often. On the last Giants' sack of the first half, Harrington seemed to get his ankle twisted, but he was able to stay in the game. He had an interception to end the first half as he threw up a jump ball with one second left. Things didn't get better for Harrington in the second half as the Falcons struggled moving the ball and sustaining drives. Harrington was very inaccurate only completing 18 of 39 attempts. He was under a lot pressure when he dropped back to pass and his own receivers didn't help him by dropping many balls.

2007 Week 7 vs NO (12 / 18 / 128 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington entered the game following an ankle injury to Byron Leftwich and completed 67% of his passes for an average of 6.6 yards per attempt, but couldn't find the end zone or lead the Falcons to victory despite not turning the ball over. Harrington distributed the ball fairly evenly and in similar distributions to Byron Leftwich, throwing five passes to Michael Jenkins, four passes to Joe Horn, three passes to Roddy White and two passes to Laurent Robinson.

2007 Week 9 vs SF (14 / 25 / 138 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)

Harrington started off badly and didn't get much better as the game went on. He was able to stay composed under pressure, however, and completed a few third and short passes that made a difference between the team potentially scoring or punting. His favorite target was Roddy White, but he sure did a lousy job of actually getting him the ball. Harrington's saving grace was that he didn't do anything really wrong (save for one interception), which was enough for the win on this day.

2007 Week 10 vs CAR (19 / 26 / 192 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Harrington went 19 of 26 for 192 yards and a touchdown. He managed the game well and avoided the mistakes that have cost the Falcons in previous games. He wasn't intercepted and was sacked only twice. Harrington made the play of the game when he hit Alge Crumpler perfectly in stride for a touchdown with just 26 seconds left in the game. In the first half Harrington was drilled and had to come out of the game. He only missed one play though.

2007 Week 11 vs TB (16 / 20 / 139 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington entered the game late in the third quarter with Atlanta already down 24-0 and played well in relief of Leftwich. He finished 16 of 20 for 139 yards and the team's only touchdown, connecting with WR Adam Jennings from seven yards out to get the Falcons on the board and avoid the shutout. Harrington's play in this game, along with his success in the past two weeks, make it a bit of a mystery why he was bumped this week in favor of Leftwich.

2007 Week 12 vs IND (14 / 30 / 155 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Harrington had problems against the Colts, throwing two interceptions. He failed to effectively get people other than Roddy White involved in the offense due to accuracy issues. Roddy White caught six of the 14 completions Harrington had, who managed only 155 yards passing on 30 attempts. One of those attempts was a 48 yard pass to Roddy White for a touchdown, showing that he only threw for 107 yards on 29 other attempts.

2007 Week 13 vs STL (17 / 34 / 184 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington did not make it past the third quarter, as he was yanked after an interception. Early in the game, he appeared to be making progress against the Rams defense, but repeatedly came up just short in each case.

2006 Week 5 vs NE (26 / 41 / 232 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington had a decent performance in his first start as a Miami Dolphin. He got into a rhythm at the start of the game and looked good early on completing seven of his first eight passes. But in the second quarter he hung out a pass intended for Wesley Welker and it was picked off by cornerback Asante Samuel. Harrington came back on the next drive and led the Dolphins back on an 80 yard touchdown drive. With two minutes left, Harrington led the Dolphins another drive that resulted in a field goal before halftime to pull them within three points of the Patriots. Aside from the interception, Harrington looked solid as he finished the first half 17 for 22 for 176 yards. Harrington wasn't as effective in the second half moving the ball. He had a second interception in the fourth quarter when his pass tipped off the hands of Wesley Welker and into the hands of Patriots' cornerback Asante Samuel again. The interceptions appeared to be misreads of coverage by Harrington and both interceptions led to touchdowns for the Patriots. But overall, Harrington looked good at times and kept drives going, which kept the defense off the field more often.

2006 Week 6 vs NYJ (27 / 43 / 266 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Harrington's numbers were atrocious for the first three quarters of Week 6. Stepping into the starter role, he was just 9-16-67-0-2, barely managing to keep the Miami offense afloat. The first interception was really not Harrington's fault - WR Chris Chambers bobbled the ball long enough for the Jets' CB Andre Dyson to grab it - but the second was a bad throw right at LB Victor Hobson. Harrington was able to turn the corner on his stats and for the Miami offense in the final quarter. His numbers in the last 15 minutes - 18-27-199-1-0 - would have been enough for a complete game for many teams. Harrington looked relaxed and comfortable in the pocket as he hit four main receivers over and over again to move the ball down the field on the Jets' prevent defense. WRs Chris Chambers (four), Derek Hagan (eight), Wes Welker (eight) and TE Randy McMichael (six) accounted for 26 of those 27 passes in the final period and all of the yardage and the touchdown.

2006 Week 7 vs GB (33 / 62 / 414 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Harrington got his third consecutive start at quarterback for the Dolphins, but once again had trouble protecting the ball as he had three interceptions in the game. Harrington cashed in an early Green Bay turnover deep in there territory by hitting Marty Booker for an eight yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. But Harrington has been plagued by making critical mistakes and he threw a bad interception down the middle of the field where there were no Dolphin receivers late in the first quarter. It appeared that Harrington misread the pass defense, a mistake he seems to make at least once a game. His second interception in the first half wasn't his fault as the ball hit tight end Randy McMichael in the hands and deflected up and into the arms of a Packers defender. He finished the first half only eight for 17 for 110 yards, with one touchdown, and two interceptions. Harrington's third interception proved to be the most costly as he slightly over lead tight end Randy McMichael too far and the ball bounced off his fingers into the hands of Packer cornerback Charles Woodson who took the ball back the other way 23 yards for a touchdown. Harrington racked up big passing yards in the second half as the Dolphins struggled to move the ball on the ground. His second touchdown came on a 13 yard pass to Derek Hagan in the fourth quarter.

2006 Week 9 vs CHI (16 / 32 / 137 / 3 / 2 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)

He put up respectable numbers, completing 16 of 32 for 157 yards and three touchdowns against the Bears' second ranked pass defense. He is more agile in the pocket and releases the ball more quickly than Daunte Culpepper. He twice ran quarterback sneaks for first downs, and also attempted a quarterback draw from the Chicago five yard line. With Harrington in the Miami lineup, the number of quarterback sacks is down but the number of interceptions is up.

2006 Week 10 vs KC (19 / 35 / 201 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)

Harrington is holding firmly onto the starting quarterback job for the time being, despite the fact that he did not do anything impressive during this contest. He completed 19 of 35 passes for 201 yards, was never picked off, but also never threw for a touchdown. His performance was uninspiring, even if for this occasion, it was enough to record a win. Except for a trick play, a flea flicker to Chris Chambers, Miami may not have been able to win this game.

2006 Week 11 vs MIN (26 / 42 / 254 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Harrington had a big first half as he went 17 for 23 for 193 yards and one touchdown. The Dolphins' offense and Harrington came out firing in the passing game by going to a no huddle offense and spreading out the Vikings defense with four wide receivers on the first drive of the game. Harrington picked apart the Vikings' zone defense on the first drive going six for seven for 46 yards, but the drive ended with a Ronnie Brown fumble on the Vikings' one yard line. Harrington came back and led the Dolphins on an 84 yard touchdown drive where he threw for 82 of the yards, including an 11 yard touchdown pass to tight end Justin Peelle. The Dolphins spread out the Vikings' defense again and went to the no huddle on the touchdown drive. This strategy seemed to work quite well against the Minnesota defense in the first half; especially considering the Dolphins couldn't run the ball at all. Harrington didn't play as well in the second half as he had only 61 yards of passing and one interception in the half. Harrington did have one big play in the half on a 58 yard touchdown pass to Chris Chambers, but it was reversed on a chop block penalty in the third quarter. Harrington did have one big mistake in the third quarter when he threw an interception deep in his own territory and the Vikings brought the ball back to the Miami three yard line. Harrington played pretty well considering he got no help from the running game and had to throw the ball 42 times. Aside from his one interception in the third quarter he did a good job of protecting the ball.

2006 Week 12 vs DET (19 / 29 / 213 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

This had to be the most rewarding experience of Harrington's career, returning to Detroit in a Dolphins' uniform and dismantling his former team. He had plenty of time to sit in the pocket and look for his receivers as the Lions sent a three man rush on most occasions. The one time they did send a blitz; Harrington escaped and completed a pass to WR Marty Booker for a 19 yard touchdown. Harrington finished with 213 yards through the air and three passing touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

2006 Week 13 vs JAX (27 / 42 / 267 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Harrington started the game strong, leading the Dolphins downfield to score a touchdown on a 17 yard pass to Marty Booker. It was the only touchdown Miami would score in the game, and two later drives ended in turnovers as Harrington threw two interceptions. He finished with a respectable 27 completions out of 42 attempts for 267 yards, and looked most often to Chris Chambers and Marty Booker.

2006 Week 14 vs NE (18 / 30 / 190 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)

By completing 60% of his passes for an average of 6.3 yards per attempt, Harrington finished with a passer rating of 89.6 in guiding the Dolphins to victory. Harrington continued to make it clear that Marty Booker is his favorite target, and worked in combination with his defense by not making any mistakes, and taking advantage of those provided to him.

2006 Week 15 vs BUF (5 / 17 / 20 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Harrington was not asked to make many passes due to inclement weather conditions at the start of the game. During the opening drive he only completed one of three passing attempts for two yards. In the second quarter, Harrington dropped what was likely a slippery ball, he was able to fall on it, but it was for a loss of seven yards. Through the first half of the game, Harrington had only completed four of nine passing attempts for 16 yards. Harrington was intercepted on his first passing attempt of the second half. Through the third quarter, Harrington only completed one more passing attempt, some of his passes were batted, but on others he overthrew his receivers. He did run for seven yards and a third down conversion on the last play of the third quarter. But threw an interception on the first play of the fourth quarter. Harrington was pulled out of the game in the fourth quarter.

2006 Week 16 vs NYJ (7 / 15 / 42 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington had a game he will want to forget. The rainy conditions did not help the passing game and he completed just seven of his 15 passing attempts for a total of 42 yards. The Dolphins had to punt the ball away on their first six possessions. Harrington was sacked on his first possession and was called for intentional grounding later in the half. He completed a 16 yard pass to Chris Chambers but none of his other completions were for more than eight yards. He threw deep for Chambers on two other occasions but the catches were not made. Harrington was benched at the half to allow Cleo Lemon to start the second half.

2005 Week 1 vs GB (15 / 28 / 167 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)

Harrington came out of the chute with a strong start, hitting five of six passes in the first quarter. TE Marcus Pollard provided a large target across the middle for Harrington, and as a result Pollard was targeted on three of the six attempts. Pollard nearly scored on his second target, but the pass was batted away at the last moment. Harrington had six to eight attempts per quarter, just enough to have a balanced attack within the Lions' offense. Harrington hit eight different receivers, and most were for short range passes to control the ball and clock and also to keep the Packers' defense guessing as to what was coming next. Harrington spread his passes around evenly, aside from Pollard. All of the other receivers had just one or two catches.

2005 Week 2 vs CHI (19 / 37 / 196 / 1 / 5 pass, 2 / -6 / 0 rush)

Harrington had an awful game, and was intercepted a career high five times. He was clearly bothered by the Bears' pressure up front as he was sacked twice, hurried often and hit as he threw on a few occasions. On the first drive of the game, his second pass was batted at the line and caught by Bears DL Ian Scott. On the second drive, he connected with Roy Williams for a 51 yard touchdown, but it was downhill from there. The Lions recorded only one first down over the next three drives, and Harrington was intercepted to end the following two drives. Chicago's Mike Brown ran back the third interception of the half for a touchdown. The second half wasn't much better for Harrington, who was intercepted two more times before leaving the game in favor of rookie Dan Orlovsky. The Lions were out of synch all game, mostly due to a tremendous effort by the Bears' defense but also clearly due to a subpar performance by Harrington.

2005 Week 4 vs TB (15 / 27 / 137 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)

Harrington did not find open receivers and was forced to either check down or attempt to run the ball himself. At the end of the first half, Harrington had only completed five out of eight passing attempts for 45 yards. He finished the game with a total of 137 yards on 15 completions. Harrington looked the best on the Lions' last drive of the game. From the Lions' seven yard line, he led them downfield completing seven out of 13 passing attempts for 72 yards. But his last three passing attempts into the end zone to Marcus Pollard, Mike Williams, and Roy Williams were all no good. The pass to Pollard was called as a touchdown, but with a review it was overturned as Pollard did not have possession of the ball in bounds. The throw to Mike Williams should have been a TD if Williams had shown better footwork. And the last pass to Williams was just a prayer that had no chance. This was a bad game for Harrington. If Jeff Garcia were healthy, it was bad enough that the Lions would have probably made a QB change.

2005 Week 5 vs BAL (10 / 23 / 97 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Once again Harrington played poorly. Fortunately for him, the Ravens played worse, and the Lions' running game and defense combined for an impressive victory. Harrington completed less than half of his passes, for fewer than a hundred yards. He did manage a touchdown to tight end Casey Fitzsimmons, but he also threw two interceptions. He scrambled once for two yards. Overall, it was a very poor performance for Harrington, especially considering the final score of the game.

2005 Week 6 vs CAR (17 / 28 / 201 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)

Harrington went back to pass and was sacked and fumbled the ball twice in the game, once in the first quarter a second time in the second quarter. Harrington did not often look to his receivers and was forced to check down to Bryson and Pinner throughout the game. Harrington threw an interception in the third quarter. He had a good drive completing four out of six passes in the third quarter that ended with a field goal. Harrington made a short pass to Marcus Pollard who outran the Panthers for 86 yards until he was stopped by Mike Minter. But then in the fourth quarter with the game on the line, Harrington fell apart. Over the course of two drives was sacked and then threw four straight incompletions to end the game.

2005 Week 9 vs MIN (28 / 48 / 263 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)

Two weeks of sitting on the bench did not help Harrington's performance against the Vikings. Harrington who was benched due to his ineffective passing and overall dismal season in favor of Jeff Garcia returned as the starter with the same results. He looked very relaxed early, even made a couple of unsuccessful deep pass attempts, but soon after he reverted back to the Joey Harrington that fans have been used to over the years. His patience and decision skills were noticeably affected by the Vikings constant pressure and frequent blitzing throughout the game. Harrington made several miscues including a fumble and two interceptions resulting in two Minnesota touchdowns. He completed 28 of 48 pass attempts for 263 yards, a touchdown and the two interceptions. His touchdown pass came late in the game on a 23 yard, nicely thrown pass, to Pollard. Sadly, he led the Lions in rushing with 17 yards.

2005 Week 10 vs ARI (21 / 31 / 231 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)

Harrington looked poised in the pocket and showed a strong, accurate arm most of the game. His favorite target, Roy Williams, was not 100% healthy, but that didn't stop them from hooking up for three touchdowns. Harrington finished with 231 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, arguably one of his most solid games as an NFL starter.

2005 Week 11 vs DAL (17 / 25 / 169 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Harrington started the game at quarterback for the Lions. Harrington managed the game well, completing 17 out of 25 passing attempts for 169 yards. And it is of note that he did not throw either a touchdown or an interception. He was leading the Lions into the Cowboys' territory when he lost a fumble in the fourth quarter which put any dreams of a late game comeback for the Lions to rest.

2005 Week 12 vs ATL (6 / 13 / 61 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington looked solid throwing the ball early in the game even though he started off completing four out of ten passing attempts. However, he didn't get much help from his receivers. WR Roy Williams fell down on a fly route resulting in an interception, RB Shawn Bryson fumbled away a screen pass on the following drive, and two other dropped passes made his statistics look much worse than they should have been. Harrington got rid of the ball quickly and hit his targets coming out of their breaks, but he didn't get much help from his receivers. Jeff Garcia replaced Harrington just before halftime.

2005 Week 15 vs CIN (6 / 7 / 77 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington took over for Garcia in the fourth quarter and proceeded to lead the team on a seven play 69 yard touchdown drive. He completed six of seven passes for 77 yards against a relaxed Bengals defense.

2005 Week 16 vs NO (17 / 30 / 210 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Harrington's numbers on the day were 17 of 30 for 210 yards with an interception. He was victimized by a number of drops and his lacking running game. Harrington did deliver in crunch time and led the team down the field completing key passes to Roy Williams that led to the ultimate game winning field goal by Jason Hanson.

2005 Week 17 vs PIT (17 / 33 / 212 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

While it might be too little too late for Joey Harrington in Detroit, he had his second best game of the season in throwing for 212 yards and three touchdowns. More impressively it came against the leagues third best defense, one that had only allowed 12 points over its last three games. Harrington started off erratic, but came out a different player on the Lions' second drive, completing three of four including an 11 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Pollard on a corner route over top loose coverage by LB James Farrior. Harrington followed by converting four of his next five passes including a 63 yarder to Shawn Bryson and a one yard play action pass to Cory Schlesinger to give the Lions a 14-7 lead. But despite throwing a nice rainbow fade pass to Roy Williams for his third touchdown in the third quarter, Harrington still showed signs of trouble periodically, including inconsistencies throwing to the sidelines, and he also lucked out of three potential interceptions that were dropped. Nevertheless, he made it out of the game without turning the ball over for just his third start all year.