Tag:david garrard
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Did Jaguars know about Garrard's back?

So David Garrard's agent Albert Irby thinks the Jacksonville Jaguars did his client wrong?

He thinks the Jaguars released Garrard because they knew he had back troubles?

If that's true, why didn't Garrard fight the release, rather than thanking people in the organization for what they had done for him on the day of his release?

Here's what I know: Coach Jack Del Rio was the one who facilitated the Garrard release. But Del Rio was not in the building on cut day, instead attending his son's football game in Atlanta. So the decision wasn't made on the Saturday of the final cuts.

It was instead made the following Tuesday, after Garrard struggled through a practice on Sunday. Del Rio planned to bench Garrard, which he told general manager Gene Smith, and the decision to cut Garrard was made because the team would have been on the hook for his $8 million salary if he were on the opening-day roster and then let go.

Smith took the heat for the move. And it was indeed his decision to release Garrard, but only after Del Rio made the move to bench him. Fiscally, it was the right decision once Del Rio made the move to sit him.

At the meeting to tell Garrard he was being let go, the quarterback thanked those in the room -- including Smith and Del Rio -- and thanked them for the opportunity they had given to him. He even hugged some people on the way out, according to a source.

Did Garrard's back injury play a decision in his getting released? It had too since team sources say there was a concern that Garrard seemed to be hesitant and not playing with the same toughness he had displayed before hurting his back. 

Toughness was always one of his strong points. He took a ton of shots, but the back injury made him a little jumpy in the pocket, according to sources.

Now Garrard is having surgery for a herniated disc and one has to wonder if he will try and go after his 2011 salary through the courts. 

Keep an eye on this. It could get interesting

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

Jaguars make the right move

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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Posted on: September 28, 2010 6:06 pm

Edwards could be first step to Garrard leaving

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been awarded former Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards on waivers.

So what's it mean? It means David Garrard now has legitimate competition behind him -- and not just broken-down Todd Boumann -- and it sets the stage for the team to let Garrard go after the season.

This much we know: The Jaguars will take a quarterback in the first round next spring. So Edwards could be a cheap backup, with Garrard and his hefty contract going bye-bye.

Garrard has been a disaster this season, his confidence seemingly shaken. He was never good to begin with, but now it's so much worse. If Luke McCown didn't suffer a season-ending knee injury against San Diego last week, you can bet there would a chance he'd start this week against Indianapolis.

As it is, Garrard will start. But if he struggles and Edwards, a smart quarterback, can pick up the offense, then you could see a change later this season. If that happens, Edwards would be a cheaper alternative to back up the player they draft in the first round.
Garrard can’t be happy about this waiver claim. Then again, the way he's playing does it really matter?

The Jaguars are 31st in the NFL for a reason. It's the guy wearing jersey No. 9.


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Posted on: October 2, 2009 10:42 am
Edited on: October 2, 2009 10:49 am

Garrard muted: So what?

I love the big stink being made in Jacksonville about Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio prohibiting David Garrard from doing a radio show on Frirday afternoons.
There are certain members of the media crying like babies about this one, but the reality is rules are rules. Del Rio has a 48-hour rule and wants his quarterbck paying attention to other things on Friday. Like studying film, maybe?
The Jaguars did their research and found no other quarterbacks did anything on Fridays, so Del Rio advised Garrard not to do it. Why not just move the show to Wednesday? Or Thursday?
See, the problem that most don't know is this: Garrard, unlike most players, has his own PR man. He doesn't always work with the team PR staff, which happens to be one of the best in the NFL. So when something like this happens, it does so without the blessing of the team. That's what I was told.
If Garrard had asked the team, and Del Rio, it might have been approved.
Look, I know they are grown men. But Del Rio is being consistent. If Garrard can break the 48-hour rule, others could as well.
This is a big to-do about nothing.
Move the show to Tuesday -- a day off. It wouldn't be an issue.
Or, don't have your own PR man. It's not like he needs it.

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 7, 2009 10:12 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2009 10:13 pm

Garrard trims down

 Facing potential competition for his job, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard has lost 20 pounds. Garrard did it on a special diet that limited his caloric intake to 1,200 calories a day.

The Jaguars are rumored to be in the market for a quarterback in the coming draft -- with some speculation that they will take USC's Mark Sanchez if he is there -- and Garrard has admitted to hearing the talk.

Garrard, who signed a $60-million contract last year, struggled last season after his breakout season as a starter in 2007. Playing behind a banged-up offensive line, he threw 15 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions after throwing 18 touchdown passes and three interceptions in 2007. Garrard's yards-per-attempt average fell from 7.7 to 6.8.

The Jaguars are publicly saying they belive Garrard is their long-term answer, but new general manager Gene Smith will make the decision as to whether he is that guy. Jack Del Rio put his faith in Garrard when he cut Byron Leftwich before the start of the 2007 season and owner Wayne Weaver backed that up by giving Garrard the extension last spring.

I think the lost weight is a good sign for Garrard. He won't go down without a fight. But I do have to ask: Why now? Why not last year?



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Posted on: March 3, 2008 5:02 pm

Garrard eyes Big Ben deal

You can bet Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard saw the new deal signed by Pitrtsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Monday and took a close look at the numbers.

Big Ben signed an eight-year, $102-million deal Monday. Garrard has one year left on his dea and the Jaguars are hoping to get him signed to a long-term deal.

Even though Garrard's resume isn't as impressive as Roethlisberger's, you can bet his agent will be looking closely at Roethlisberger's deal. The two sides have talked about a new deal, but nothing is imminent.

Expect Garrard's asking price to be in the same neighborhood of the deal Tony Romo got from the Cowboys, which is six years, $67.5 million. If his price gets crazy, the Jaguars could also put the franchise tag on him next year. For that reason, something will get done.

But Roethlisberger's deal won't make it any easier for the Jaguars.


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