Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Timing on Garrard means Jags wasted time
By Paul Kuharsky
Because of what happened with Byron Leftwich in 2007, this possibility always hung over the Jaguars.
With Blaine Gabbert drafted 10th overall and Luke McCown a capable temporary starter and backup, would the Jaguars consider dumping incumbent David Garrard and his $8.075 million?
Jay Glazer was first to report the Jaguars have informed Garrard they are doing just that. John Clayton has confirmed it.
It’s a move that’s akin to ripping off the Band-Aid, and I think it’s the right one.
But why coach Jack Del Rio, with experience at this, chose to do it in the same manner to Garrard as he did when Garrard was anointed the starter four years ago is beyond me.
There is no guidebook for how to do it.
But having Garrard spend as much time as he did with the first string in practice and in the three preseason games for which he was healthy amounts to wasted time now. Did the Jaguars, who drafted Garrard in the fourth round in 2002, really need the last month to evaluate him further?
If so, that raises one gigantic question about their evaluating skills: Why?
If not, it raises another gigantic question: Why did you wait until now?
Here's hoping those questions are asked in the news conference the team has scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET.