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Jaguars make the right move

Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 3:43 pm

Nobody will ever say the Jacksonville Jaguars don't make bold moves at the quarterback position.

For the second time in the Jack Del Rio era, the team has released its starting quarterback on the even of the open of the regular season, with David Garrard being released Tuesday.

Garrard, who has been the team's starter since 2007 -- getting named to that position just days before the start of the regular season when Byron Leftwich was released -- has been an average quarterback at best.

When the team drafted Blaine Gabbert in the first round of the April draft, Garrard's days were numbered.

He struggled during the preseason, but Gabbert didn't do enough to take the job. 

The team will instead turn to veteran Luke McCown. He played well in the preseason and might have taken over as the starter last season, but tore his ACL in a game that could have earned him the job.

McCown will hold the job down until Gabbert is ready.

The timing of the move will surprise many, but inside the Jaguars building this has been brewing for a while. There is a strong contingent of personnel people who realized Garrard was just a guy. That is my belief. It was my belief when they initially made the move. You can't be a one-read-and-run quarterback, which Garrard was and is.  

If there had been an off-season, Gabbert would likely be the starter. As it is, McCown gets the nod.

Garrard and his $8.25-million salary, are gone.

Somehow, why do I think this is about a pay cut? The timing says so, but the team says otherwise. It was almost-certainly a performance-based decision -- even though his salary woudl have been guaranteed if he were on the roster by 4 p.m. 

At any rate, the Jaguars finally are rid of a quarterback who was never more than just serviceable.

For the team's sake, they better hope this move turns out better than their last shocking quarterback decision. I say it does, mainly because Gabbert is waiting to take over. 

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:16 pm

Jaguars make the right move

I am in no way saying the guy is the answer for this or any team right now, but it is pretty funny how quickly people forget.

So you agree that Garrard isn't the answer for the Jags right now, who cares if he was just serviceable great years ago?  The bottom line is he's no longer the answer, his guaranteed money has already been paid ( many many millions) and he's definitely not worth 8 million dollars for one season of football.  

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:49 pm

Jaguars make the right move

The only time the Jets and Jaguars squared off when there were stakes on the line was in the 1998 Playoffs. You know how that worked out for you. You bring up history. What's your point ? One playoff win in the Wildcard Round since Tennessee smacked you 3 times in one season in 1999. Your history pales in comparison to the Jets. More importantly, your present is about as bad as it gets amongst 32 teams. See you boys in Week 2. CAN'T WAIT !!!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:29 pm

Jaguars make the right move

Good business move - and that's about it.  Saving $9 million dollars is always a good business move. 

Its a bad short term move because your coach (who is already all but fired) now has young and unproven players under center during the only part of the year where Jacksonville's environment is actually an advantage .  Jacksonville had a real shot to compete for the division this year with Garrard (Manning out, Tennessee is a mess, and Houston has NEVER made the playoffs before - EVER).  Big guys on other teams with reduced number of practices and an abbreviated camp have NO CHANCE of being effective in the 4th quarter in Jacksonville  in September - too hot.  A young QB is going to use all of September to get acclimated, so by the time they can compete now, their homefield advantage will be gone. Even if they made the playoffs,  they couldn't  really expect to have a chance to get out of wildcard weekend.

Garrard will end up a backup somewhere, possible San Fran or Seattle.  He will tease those fan bases into thinking he MIGHT be a good QB someday too (which he won't) and spend the rest of his career holding a clipboard.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:56 pm

Jaguars make the right move

The Jaguars made a huge mistake paying Garrard after the '07 season. David is a serviceable qb, but not a francise qb. It's only a matter of time before Gabbert is the starter. Hopefully, not until the 2012 season. Maybe McCown can come in and light it up for a year or two, so Gabbert can sit and watch like A. Rodgers did. On the other hand, I always liked D. Carr but thought the Texans ruined him by throwing him into the fire too early. Only time will tell. I think 10-6 wins the AFC South. I hope David lands on his feet. What a great guy!!!

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:47 pm

Jaguars make the right move

No he wasn't, and the fans didn't want him either. You think Jacksonville sent Leftwich packing simply because THEY chose to as a business model? They made the decision because it was what the fans wanted. If Leftwich was so good, he would have ended up somewhere as a starter... Not as Ben's backup.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:29 pm

Jaguars make the right move

Del Rio kept the wrong QB 3 years ago.  Leftwich was much better and this proves it.  He should have been fired for dumping Leftwich.  Further proof is that the Jags haven't won crap stil leftwich was dumped and they are drafting QBs.....Fire Del Rio to straighten things out.

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