|David Garrard's done in Jacksonville and Luke McCown will start the opener. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco confirms a report that the Jaguars are releasing starting quarterback David Garrard and replacing him with Luke McCown. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first reported the move on Twitter: "The Jaguars today have informed starting QB David Garrard they are releasing him! Luke McKown [sic] will start opener! Shocker!!!"
Shocker, indeed. Head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters two weeks ago that "David's our starter," but added: "We need more efficiency offensively and certainly the trigger man plays a large role in that. I think it all ties together."
We're not sure McCown is any more equipped to do that job than Garrard, but he's cheaper, and it'll make it much easier to hand the offense over to rookie Blaine Gabbert later this season.
|The 2011 Jaguars|
"We have the same system, we have the same quarterback, we have the same players. We should expect to play at a higher level. I expect us to play at a higher level and now would be a good time."
The Jags may have the same system and the same players, but the quarterback will be different. As for the results … well, we'll find out Sunday.
There was speculation during the preseason that Garrard, who missed time with a back injury, might be released, but the timing -- just four days before the season opener -- is peculiar. Then again, Del Rio dumped Byron Leftwich on September 1 four years ago, so it's not the first time it's happened. Garrard was set to make $8 million in 2011.
And while Garrard won't be out of work long, Del Rio's already-warm seat just got hotter. He somehow avoided getting fired after last season's disappointing 8-8 finish, and if the Jags stumble again this year (they haven't had a winning season since 2007) he could be looking for work come January.
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