Garrard could have better season, worse numbers

July, 11, 2008
7/11/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
 
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 Last year David Garrard threw 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

David Garrard, a backup in 2006, now ranks as the highest-paid player in Jaguars history.

His six-year contract extension can be worth $60 million, and it came with $20 million guaranteed.

Expectations for him, like his team, are very high. But Jacksonville Vice President of Player Personnel James "Shack" Harris is wary of people who might gage Garrard by his numbers.

Last year, Garrard threw 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions, posting a 102.2 passer rating that ranked him behind only Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger

"He had some outstanding numbers last year," Harris said. "This year he can play as well and may not match the numbers that he had. But we feel confident he's a good player who will continue to play at a high level.

"He's got another year with the coordinator [Dirk Koetter] and quarterback coach [Mike Shula] that he's been working with. They'll be more familiar with each other in terms of concepts and play-calling and anticipating what plays will be coming in. [Garrard] will be more familiar with just being the starting quarterback. He has started a lot of games. Last year really wasn't his first year -- he had a lot of starts prior to that. So he's a seasoned veteran that we think that can continue to play at a high level."

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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