Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NFL Nation [Print without images]

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Jaguars GM: 'Our players deserve better'

By Paul Kuharsky

We hit Vito Stellino’s blog entry in our links earlier, but Tania Ganguli adds context to it here.

Jaguars GM Gene Smith is being a stand-up guy in the midst of the firestorm created by the team’s release of David Garrard. It took place within hours Garrard being introduced as the team’s starting quarterback at a chamber of commerce luncheon.

From the email Ganguli got from Smith:
“Clearly, I'm not proud of how things played out on Tuesday and our players deserve better, but I think to understand the situation you need to know the facts. Wayne [Weaver], Jack [Del Rio] & I did sit down on Tuesday morning and the decision was finalized at approximately 10:40am, Wayne and I had an 11:00am speaking engagement prior to the 12noon kickoff event. I endorsed having David participate in the event due to the time constraints and circumstance, and it was my feeling that David would in essence be given one last moment or event to share with his teammates. It was not my intent to be insensitive to a man and a family I have great admiration for. Immediately after the event Jack & I (and then Wayne) sat down with David to discuss the decision that was made in the best interest of the team.”

The Jaguars made a mistake. They’ve done what they can to rectify it with the public now and get credit for that.

And on we move.