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.