JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It's not easy being this bad, although at times, the San Diego Chargers certainly made it look that way.
Byron Leftwich threw like a veteran and returning receiver Jimmy Smith played as if he hadn't missed a day as the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Chargers and their butter-soft defense, 27-21, Sunday in a meeting of two teams that came in with 0-4 records.
"I'm relieved, I guess," said Coach Jack Del Rio, who got his first career victory. "More relief than joy, really."
Smith, returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, caught eight passes for 137 yards, including a highlight-reel one-hander for a 36-yard gain.
"I was very grateful to go out there and do whatever I could to help the team," Smith said.
Leftwich threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns in his second career start, including a 60-yard touchdown on a screen pass to Fred Taylor that gave the Jaguars a 27-14 lead late.