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Del Rio hands reins to rookie

Updated: October 9, 2003, 9:18 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In a move that's less surprising than symbolic of a passing of the torch in Jacksonville, head coach Jack Del Rio announced Wednesday afternoon that rookie Byron Leftwich has now secured the starting quarterback job.

Del Rio apprised former starter Mark Brunell of the permanent change via a phone call on Tuesday, the players' day off, then confirmed the move to the media at Wednesday's practice. Brunell, the Jaguars' starter for the previous eight seasons and the first three games of '03, ...

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