Tag:David Garrard
Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am

Hot Routes 8.29.10: Just a big ole hot mess

Posted by Will Brinson

In hindsight, yes, I'm beyond furious that I didn't use the Jay Cutler - Matt Leinart bro pic for this. Dagnabbit.

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  • The headline of the day pretty much has to be this one from Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times on the Bears: 'Saturday night summary: Hot mess." Yes, that makes me giggle. Almost as much as Jay Cutler getting sacked four times, throwing two picks and finishing the night with a QB rating of THIRTY ONE. Bwah. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the quarterback competition is going to come down to "chemistry with the team ." Really.
  • The fellas at The Wayne Fontes Experience make a good point: Willie Young has sacked the quarterback two weeks in a row. I have no earthly idea how he lasted until the SEVENTH round, but he'll be good. Also, guys, I'm the one driving the Jahvid Best bandwagon. You can hitch your wagon by calling 555-BEST. Also, Steve Schroder is right : why aren't they locking Detroit/Cleveland in for Thanksgiving? It's consistently more awesome than whatever else beatdown we're watching.
  • The score of the Panthers - Titans game might lead you to believe that it's the, you know, preseason. It also might lead you to believe that the Panthers defense is pretty good. As Jaxon writes at Cat Scratch Reader , that's not too far off. Offense, Tom Sorensen says at the Charlotte Observer , is "at a premium," which means that the failure/success of this season might actually hinge on the quarterback position for Carolina (once again). NO PRESSURE, Matt Moore.
  • I actually landed C.J. Spiller in a fantasy draft (for the first time) last night. I'm not upset but this news -- he is, as right tackle Cornell Green put it, "something else. " The guys at Buffalo Rumblings think the offense was "efficient and the defense was "lacking" -- if that's the biggest issue facing the Bills heading into the season, I think they take it and run.
  • Mike Tomlin has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but Ryan Wilson of Steelers' Lounge makes an excellent note : the two-headed quarterback monster of Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich is probably the smartest move. Or the only move. Whatever.
  • Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys makes an astute point: this IS the preseason and all, but you still can't "wash away the stink that was the Cowboys on Saturday night." The good news is that Jerry Jones isn't that concerned ; pretty sure t that won't last if the shoddy play continues through into the regular season.
  • Not that anyone actually roots for failure, but it's kind of funny when a New York team stinks, it usually results in fun headline-writing. "Giants still 'a ways' away from being good " and "Nothing goes right for Giants " are two examples. Basically, the point that you should be getting from this is that the Giants are an "at-risk" team for 2010. On the bright side, Joe Flacco is definitely the starter in Baltimore. Which is, um, unsurprising?
Posted on: August 17, 2010 6:26 pm

Where's the QB controversy in Jacksonville?

Posted by Andy Benoit

This preseason seems unusually short of quarterback controversies. There are a handful of veteran passers – most of them journeymen – whose perfect dose of dependability and mediocrity always create some sort of quarterback controversy for whatever team they’re on (this handful unofficially includes Kerry Collins, Kyle Orton, Chad Pennington, Gus Frerotte, and the two controversy-inducing kings, Jeff Garcia and the great Brian Griese).

But this season, all these players – and other veterans of similar ilk – are either out of the league or have clearly defined roles on their respective teams. Thus, controversy is scarce.
D. Garrard (US Presswire)
That’s why we’ll put additional heat on Jacksonville. The Jaguars seem bent on keeping David Garrard as their starter. Even after Luke McCown’s impressive performance in the preseason opener against the Eagles, Jags head coach Jack Del Rio has refused to address the idea of a competition under center.

"I wouldn't even care to get into that kind of discussion," Del Rio said, according to the Florida Times Union. "I would think even getting into questions like that would show a lack of perspective. We've got a lot of things to do better and we'll just keep our head down and keep working at it and [he's] certainly not going to get caught up in that kind of discussion after a couple of series in our first preseason game."

Notice Del Rio didn’t say “Garrard is our quarterback”. Since becoming the highest-paid player in franchise history, Garrard has been a portrait of patchiness, throwing 30 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in that two-year span. The Jaguars front office has subtly questioned the 32-year-old’s intensity at times.

Most concerning about Garrard is that he thrives in ball control scenarios but flounders whenever he’s asked to make a play. He’s mastered the basics, but that’s it. For a man with his scrambling ability, he doesn’t improvise well. In today’s pass-driven NFL, you can’t win this way. It puts too much limit on offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

The reason Jacksonville is intent to sink or swim with Garrard is because, well, they have no other option. McCown is younger and has a similar skill set as Garrard, but he’s never truly claimed a starting job in his seven-year career. He’s been more of a preseason warrior, if you will.

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 2:42 pm

A look at the Jaguars offseason

The Florida Times-Union has a lengthy look at the Jaguars players and who performed well and who didn’t perform up to snuff during Jacksonville’s abbreviated offseason workouts.

Here are a couple of samples of who is on the rise and whose stock is falling, all from the keyboard of Vito Stellino .

Those whose have impressed:

QB David Garrard , who’s coming off a mediocre season in which he somehow found himself on the Pro Bowl roster (the reason that happened was because Peyton Manning played in the Super Bowl and three other QBs were injured and unable to play). All-time, Garrard is 31-31 as a starter, but apparently this offseason, he worked hard on his rhythm and timing.

RBs Rashad Jennings and Deji Karim : Jennings is coming off a rookie season in which he gained 202 yards, and Karim is a rookie taken in the sixth round of this year’s draft. In a battle to see who will back up starter Maurice Jones-Drew, Stellino writes both have shown good hands and both could add a dimension to the passing game.

DT Tyson Alualu , the surprising first-round pick of the Jaguars, “made an immediate impression,” before he missed the final week of workouts with an injured back.

Those who have not:

WR Troy Williamson: It’s been a somewhat-surprising fall for Williamson, the 2005 first-round pick (No. 7 overall) by the Vikings who seemed to have so much potential but who has caught just eight combined passes in 11 games during the past two seasons because of injuries. Stellino writes Williamson might not make the team.

LG Vince Manuwai , who’s started 94 of the 95 games he’s played at LG. Although he started all 16 contests last year, he apparently still hasn’t fully recovered from his ACL tear suffered in 2008. According to Stellino, he was the biggest disappointment of the offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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