Joey Harrington isn't naive enough to believe one pre-season performance would sell people.
Wins sell people.
After completing all 9 of his pre-season pass attempts during last Friday's 10-3 loss to the Jets, Harrington isn't convinced that he has anyone, well, convinced. And on Sunday, he was still critiquing his exhibition performance.
"There is always stuff you miss and then you look back and see it on film," Harrington said. "I wish I had that last play of the first drive - I probably should have thrown the ball at the guy's feet to maybe save a field goal, but other than that I felt pretty good."
The four-year quarterback entered the game with a heap of pressure, and he felt it. After an open practice led to public criticism, and with backup quarterback Jeff Garcia hot on his heels, Harrington pulled the release valve.
And exhibition or not, it felt great.
"Of course it does," admitted Harrington. "A game is a game, you can't simulate a game situation in practice and you can't simulate playing an opponent - the speed, the crowd, the adrenaline. Whether it's preseason or not you still have those pieces to it and I felt really good."
Harrington would have preferred to put points on the board, but did say that the team didn't enter the game with a "full plate" of plays for the end zone. Overall, however, he was pleased with the offense's performance -- and the ball distribution.
"It was nice to see a lot of different people getting into it and I think that is what will happen when you have so many options," said Harrington, who hit six different receivers. "Defenses can't focus on Roy like they did last year with Charles out there on the other side.
"Mike made some good plays late in the game, he's still got some things to learn, but he is improving and he'll become a guy who teams will have to pay attention to. Then of course you throw Kevin on top of that running the football and there are some people that defenses have to pay attention to and it opens things up for everybody."
In his three years as the starting quarterback, Joey Harrington has tallied just 14 wins, painting a vivid picture of what is expected -- and giving him no ill-concieved notion that his situation has become the cat's pajamas.
"No, no, no, no, it's preseason," said Harrington, who will face the Browns on Saturday -- his first time back to Ford Field since the public session. "We still have to go out and win some football games."
Harrington Pleased, But Not Sold
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