Garrard slow start in line with team's

September, 15, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
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Through two games, David Garrard's 65.6 passer rating ranks behind such notable signal callers as Kyle Orton, Chad Pennington, Brian Griese, J.T. O'Sullivan and Matt Cassel.

While no one expected Garrard could match last season's 6:1 touchdown to interception ratio, he's now at 1:3.

For the Jaguars and Colts to both come out of Sunday's game 1-2, Jacksonville needs Garrard to be more the efficient guy he was last season.

Jack Del Rio wants an orchestra conductors, he said, not an instrumentalist.

"We just want him to be a good player, be a part of this offense, just direct things, kind of be the maestro," Del Rio said at his Monday press conference. "He doesn't need to get down there and play the trumpet, trombone, drums and everything else. Just lead it, orchestrate it, and get the ball into playmakers hands and let them do their thing. And he will, because he is a natural playmaker, makes plays himself. We just want it to flow naturally. So we'll keep grinding at it."

That all sounds good, but the fact is Garrard's orchestra is down to some second string tuba players. Behind a makeshift interior offensive line, he may never be able to find his rhythm.

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