Garrard was great beyond 10 yards
October, 5, 2009
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Some people are convinced David Garrard is a NFL starting-caliber quarterback, others are not.
I’ve said this is the season in which he should be judged, and the first two games had things moving in a bad direction.
He’s been better in the last two, and whether it was the Titans bad pass defense or not, he was good enough to take advantage and find open people in Sunday as the Jaguars topped Tennessee.
Marty Callinan of ESPN Stats & Information passed along some interesting stuff on Garrard’s day.
On passes of less than 10 yards, Garrard averaged 6.2 yards, threw one touchdown and had a passer rating of 104.8. On passes of 10 yards or more, he averaged 14.7 yards, two touchdowns and had a passer rating of 146.8.
For a contrasting look at the Titans Kerry Collins, head here.
One note on Garrard’s top target:
Mike Sims-Walker was Garrard's go-to receiver on first down. Six of Sims-Walker's seven receptions came on first down and all resulted in first downs. Overall, Sims-Walker caught seven-of-11 passes from Garrard for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Of that, six-of-eight for 84 yards and the two scores came on first down.
One of the incompletions was overthrown and three were defended.