Stats & Info: David Garrard

Firing Del Rio ends Jaguars run of stability

November, 29, 2011
The Jacksonville Jaguars have had only two head coaches in franchise history – a mark of stability that only a few other teams can match – but they’ll soon have a third.
The team fired head coach Jack Del Rio on Tuesday and will begin its search for a permanent replacement. The team announced that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will serve as interim coach.

Only two men, Tom Coughlin and Del Rio, have ever coached a game for the Jaguars. That’s a 17-year span which includes 267 regular-season games. Since the Jaguars entered the NFL in 1995, only a select few programs can say they’ve had that kind of stability.

The Titans (Jeff Fisher and Mike Munchak), the Steelers (Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin) and the Eagles (Ray Rhodes and Andy Reid) are the only other teams who can make that claim. We’re not counting the Texans, who also only have had two head coaches (Dom Capers and Gary Kubiak), since their franchise didn’t begin until 2002.

Comparing to Coughlin
The timing works out in an interesting way – Del Rio is fired as he’s tied with Coughlin for the most wins in Jaguars history. Both men have 68. However, that’s where most of the similarities end.
Jack Del Rio
Del Rio
Tom Coughlin

It took Del Rio 11 more games that Coughlin to get his 68 wins. And while Del Rio’s Jaguars never won the AFC South, Coughlin’s did twice – in 1998 and 1999. Coughlin is also responsible for four of the franchise’s five playoff wins.

All told, Coughlin made the playoffs four times in his eight season in Jacksonville. Del Rio made it twice in nine seasons.

Del Rio’s fate tied to Garrard?
One could argue that Del Rio's fate was sealed on September 8 when the Jaguars released quarterback David Garrard.

That was just five days before the Jags season-opener, which they actually won 16-14 with Luke McCown at quarterback. However, the quarterback play has been underwhelming ever since.

McCown was benched after a four-interception game in Week 2. Blaine Gabbert has started the last nine games but has just six touchdown passes and a completion percentage under 50 percent.

The result is a Total QBR that ranks the Jaguars last in the NFL. The new Jaguars coach will be just the third in the franchise’s history, and he’ll likely have to make improving the QB play one of his top priorities.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are playing for a division championship and playoff spot on Sunday, and will likely be without two of their biggest offensive contributors this season -- quarterback David Garrard and running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Rashad Jennings

With Trent Edwards and running back Rashad Jennings likely filling in for their injured counterparts, how will this impact what the team does offensively against the Houston Texans? Here are three things to keep in mind:

• With Jennings in for Drew, the Jaguars may try to run to the outside more, specifically the left side. Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushes up the middle this season, but Jennings has the capability to go in other directions. In a limited sampling of 20 carries to the left side, he’s averaged 8.8 yards. Even if you take out his 74-yard run against the Raiders, he’s averaged better than five-yards per carry on such runs. The Texans rate slightly better than league average this season on left-side runs, allowing 4.6 yards per rush.

•  One area where Edwards may have an advantage over Garrard is when the Texans bring extra pressure. During the 2008 season in which he was 7-7 in 14 starts for the Bills, Edwards completed 66 percent of his 90 pass attempts against blitzes, with four touchdowns and only one interception.

Admittedly his personnel were different from that which Garrard has worked with the last couple of seasons. In the last two years, Garrard has 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions against blitzes.

• The Jaguars are going to have to find success from someone else in the red zone. Garrard has thrown 16 touchdowns, with no interceptions in the red zone this season, with the fourth-best passer rating (113.8, min. 10 attempts). Garrard and Jones-Drew have also combined for seven of the Jaguars’ eight rushing touchdowns in goal-to-go situations.
Trent Edwards

The Texans did well defending Tim Tebow inside their own 20 yard line last week (he was 0-for-5). This week, their focus will be Edwards, who is 2-for-7 with an interception inside the red zone this season, 10-for-24 with two interceptions over the last two seasons.

The unfortunate thing from a Jaguars perspective is that Garrard and Jones-Drew both have great histories against the Texans. Garrard has completed 67 percent of his throws against Houston in the last three seasons, including 30-of-43 in the fourth quarter. Jones-Drew averaged nearly 100 yards per game against them on the ground in that span.

Sunday will be a chance for a couple of new names to make history and possibly push their team into the postseason.
The Jacksonville Jaguars can clinch the AFC South with a win Sunday at Indianapolis. The Jaguars, who beat the Colts in Week 4, are looking to sweep their divisional rival for the first time ever.

Peyton Manning has struggled this season throwing more than 10 yards downfield, highlighted by a league-high 13 interceptions. In that Week 4 loss at Jacksonville, Manning completed just 52.9 percent of his passes that were more than 10 yards. On short throws (10 yards or fewer), Manning completed 82.8 percent of his throws with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

David Garrard
In the past two seasons, the Colts have sent four pass rushers or fewer after Jaguars QB David Garrard 68.8 percent of the time. If that trend continues, then Garrard might have a big day. He has completed a league-high 71.7 percent of his passes (minimum 60 attempts) when facing four pass rushers or fewer this season.

While Garrard has been good, the Jaguars ground game has been even better with Maurice Jones-Drew rushing for 100 yards in six straight games. Not only have the Colts struggled to contain Jones-Drew the past three seasons, but they actually have done worse against the Jaguars running back when putting extra defenders in the box. Jones-Drew has averaged 4.9 yards per rush when the Colts have eight players or more in the box pre-snap, compared to 3.8 yards per rush against all other NFL teams.

Packers at Patriots
Tom Brady has the best passer rating this season and will be tested against the best pass defense on Sunday night. It’s no secret that the Patriots passing game has relied heavily -- and had great success -- on the short pass since the departure of Randy Moss. It just so happens that Brady’s specialty is also the strength of the Packers’ defense.

The Packers have also been stout when facing multiple tight end sets -- no touchdown passes in 78 attempts against that formation. That could change against the Patriots, who have used multiple tight ends on 527 plays this season, and Brady has thrown a league-high 15 touchdowns out of multiple tight end sets.

Jets at Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger
The New York Jets have used at least one member of the secondary on a league-high 161 pass rushes this year, that’s more than double the NFL average of 74. However, the Jets will be going up against a quarterback who has thrived under those circumstances.

Among quarterbacks with at least 50 attempts against added pressure, Ben Roethlisberger has the third-best passer rating since the start of last season. Roethlisberger also is one of three quarterbacks, along with Joe Flacco and Peyton Manning, who have not thrown an interception against the secondary blitz over that span.
With tight end Dallas Clark out for the season, Peyton Manning has seen his fair share of heavy pass rushes in the last three games. As a result, his production in those situations has dropped.

In the last three games, opponents have brought at least five pass rushers on 38 percent of Manning’s drop backs. Manning’s been sacked four times and his completion percentage is 54.2. In the Colts’ first six games, Manning faced five pass rushers or more 21.9 percent of the time with a 61.1 completion percentage and was sacked just three times.

While Manning and the Colts miss Clark, Tom Brady and the Patriots are making the most of their tight ends. Brady has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions when targeting his tight ends with a passer rating of 130.5. Only Philip Rivers and David Garrard have higher passer ratings this season when targeting tight ends.

Brady was not sacked on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been sacked 13 times this season. The Colts have, by far, the most conservative defense in terms of pass-rush numbers. Indianapolis has sent five pass rushers or more on less than 17 percent of opponent pass plays. The next lowest percentage is the Chiefs at 23 percent.

Packers at Vikings
Brett Favre leads the NFL with 16 interceptions. One reason for his high total is the fact that he’s underthrown receivers more often this season.

Half of his 16 picks are classified as passes that were underthrown, and five of those eight interceptions were on throws that were more than 10 yards downfield.

Last season, Favre was nearly perfect against the Packers’ blitz, completing 16 of 18 attempts with three touchdowns. However, in their Week 7 matchup last month, Green Bay blitzed more often and Favre was far from perfect, throwing two interceptions against the added pass rush.

Browns at Jaguars
Jaguars QB David Garrard has thrown 14 touchdowns and just one interception in five wins this season. In three losses (Garrard did not play in the Jaguars’ loss to the Chiefs), he has one TD pass and six picks.

Early in the season, Garrard struggled on passes that were more than 10 yards downfield, but has improved greatly over his last two games. He’s averaging more than 20 yards per pass attempt on throws 11 yards-or-more downfield with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
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They will meet again on Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots play for the eighth straight year.

As far as this season goes, both have been efficient with short passes over the middle of the field. Coincidentally, both have thrown 37 passes of 10 yards or fewer in that direction and both have yet to throw an interception.

But Manning is slightly more efficient, ranking first in completion percentage at 83.8 on those plays (minimum 15 attempts).

Michael Vick
The renaissance of Michael Vick continues as he has dazzled both with his arm and his legs. But he's also been playing smart, throwing 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions through the Philadelphia Eagles' first nine games.

Since 1970, Vick is one of five QBs with at least 100 pass attempts without an interception in the first nine games of a season. His 11 touchdowns are the most of those five QBs. The only thing to keep in mind is that Vick has played in only six of the nine games.

With all due respect to Vick and his ability to run, there's another QB who can scamper quite well. Aaron Rodgers has rushed for 12 touchdowns in the last three seasons, by far the most in the NFL over that span. During that same time period, there has only been one quarterback to rush for more yards than Rodgers' 696 -- David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars with 776.

Yards through the air should be aplenty on Monday Night Football as the NFL's top two quarterbacks in pass yards will be on the field at the same time.

Philip Rivers' 2,944 yards are the second-most by a quarterback in the first nine games of a season in NFL history. Kyle Orton's 2,806 yards are the most by a Broncos signal-caller in the first nine games of a season. But for Orton, his yardage is the most by a QB who won three games or fewer in the first nine games of a season since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

Garrard goes off against Cowboys

October, 31, 2010
David Garrard
The Dallas Cowboys are 1-6 (0-4 at home), the fourth time in franchise history they've started 1-6 or worse. As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, David Garrard had a 157.8 passer rating -- the highest ever allowed by the Cowboys in a single game. Garrard accounted for all five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing). He's the second QB since the merger (1970) with four TD passes and a rushing touchdown in a road win, joining Trent Green in 2000.

This was the fifth time this season the Cowboys lost despite outgaining their opponent (415 to 387) in total yards.

Marcedes Lewis had his third two-TD game of the season, tied with Hakeem Nicks for the most in the NFL this season. In his first four seasons, Lewis didn't have two TD receptions in a game.

• The Kansas City Chiefs became the fifth team in NFL history, and the first since the 1994 Philadelphia Eagles, to win an overtime game with no time left on the clock. The Chiefs are also the seventh team to win their first four home games after starting the previous season 0-4 at home.

• From the Elias Sports Bureau: As for the Buffalo Bills, they are the fourth team in NFL history to lose in overtime in consecutive weeks.

• The Green Bay Packers shut out the New York Jets, 9-0. It's their first road victory when scoring nine points or fewer since winning 7-6 at the Baltimore Colts on Oct. 24, 1954. In their two losses this season (both at home), the Jets have failed to score a touchdown.

• The Detroit Lions have four wins since the start of last season, and two of them are against the Washington Redskins. The Lions scored 37 points on Sunday, and have now scored at least 30 points in three games this season after scoring 30 just once in the 2008-09 seasons combined.

DeAngelo Hall
• DeAngelo Hall intercepted Matthew Stafford in the first quarter on Sunday, giving him six interceptions this season (including five in the last two games). That ties his single-season career high set in 2005 with the Atlanta Falcons.

• Frank Gore had 118 yards on 29 carries in the San Francisco 49ers' win over the Denver Broncos. San Francisco is 12-0 when Gore has at least 25 carries in a game.

• The St. Louis Rams have four wins, passing their total from the 2008-09 seasons combined (3-29). Sam Bradford hasn't thrown an interception in his last three games after starting the year with eight picks in his first five games.

• The Miami Dolphins' Dan Carpenter has made 10 field goals in his last two games, tying the NFL record for the most FGM in a two-game span.
The Jaguars' 30-3 loss to the Titans Monday was Jacksonville's worst home loss in team history. It was the Titans' largest margin of victory on the road since a 37-point win at Detroit in 2008. Jacksonville has been outscored 96-19 in its three losses this season. After four giveaways and no takeaways Monday, the Jaguars have a -7 turnover margin, second worst in the league behind the 49ers -8.

• Both starting quarterbacks -- Vince Young and David Garrard -- left early in the game with injuries forcing Kerry Collins and Trent Edwards to get considerable playing time. Collins made the most of it completing 11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. That gives Collins 3,307 career completions moving him past Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for 10th place all-time.

• Chris Johnson ran for 111 yards on Monday, giving him at least 100 rushing yards in each of his last eight road games, which is the second-longest such streak in NFL history. Barry Sanders had a 10-game streak over the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Entering Monday night, Johnson had been tied for the second-longest streak with Marcus Allen, who had a seven-game streak with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1985 and 1986. The last road game in which Johnson didn’t run for 100 yards was in Jacksonville last October 4.

Donovan McNabb Under Center of Attention

September, 29, 2010
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Donovan McNabb
McNabbHow could any discussion of quarterbacks this week not begin without talking about McNabb's return to face the Philadelphia Eagles?. He is the Eagles all-time leader in pass attempts (4,746), pass yards (32,876) and touchdowns (216). The Washington Redskins knew all too well about McNabb's success. Since the 1970 merger, only Phil Simms and Jim Hart threw for more yards against Washington than McNabb's 3,949.

Peyton Manning
Great players want to improve on one thing year-by-year, even when it appears they've pretty much mastered their position. It seems Manning has found something to improve. Through three games, Manning has been the league's best QB in the fourth quarter, with an absurd passer rating of 157.8. He also leads in completion percentage at 79.3 (23-of-29) and yards per attempt (12.4).

Matt Ryan
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback goes under the center of attention for his work in the overtime win over the New Orleans Saints last week. He was at his best when his team was trailing, completing 15-of-18 passes with 2 touchdowns.

This season, he's also continued to improve on 3rd down, a situation he struggled with in his first two years. Ryan’s passer rating was 82.0 with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in those two seasons. Entering Week 4, Ryan is the NFL's top-rated QB on 3rd down at 132.3 and is tied for the lead with four TD (Tom Brady and Philip Rivers also have four).

Matt Cassel
It's amazing what you can do when you're not being sacked. Over the 2008 and 2009 seasons, only Ben Roethlisberger was sacked more times (96) than Cassel was (89). This year, he's been sacked just twice in 79 dropbacks this season. Of QBs that have started each of their team's first three games, that's the 5th-lowest sack percentage in the NFL (2.5 percent).

David Garrard
The Jacksonville Jaguars enter Week 4 with the fewest points scored in the AFC with 40. They are the only AFC team without a rushing TD and that might be because of Garrard's turnovers. He's thrown five interceptions on just 74 attempts. That rate of 6.8 percent is the 2nd-worst in the league among QBs with at least 14 attempts per team game played. Only Mark Brunell in 1996 had more through the first three games of a Jaguars season with six.

AFC South flexes early muscle

September, 12, 2010
It's only Week 1, but the AFC South had a very impressive start to the 2010 season. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that the defending AFC champion Indianapolis Colts were not part of the fun.
Texans 34, Colts 24
The Texans snap a six-game losing streak against the Colts and improve to 2-15 all time against Indianapolis. The Colts' 15-1 record against the Texans entering the game was the best record by a team against a single opponent among current franchises. (The Colts still hold that mark with a 13-1 record vs the Falcons.)

Arian Foster rushes for a Texans-record 231 yards and ties a team record with three rushing touchdowns. Foster's 231 rush yards are the second-most in a season opener in NFL history (O.J. Simpson - 250 in 1973). The Colts lose their season opener for the second time in three years. Peyton Manning throws for 433 yards, the third-highest total of his career, and three TD. His 14-yard scoring pass to Reggie Wayne is the 62nd time the two have hooked up on a passing TD, third-most in Colts history.
Titans 38, Raiders 13
Chris Johnson rushes for 142 yards and two touchdowns as he extends his streak with 100-yard rushing games to 12 straight dating back to last season. That's two shy of the record held by Barry Sanders in 1997.

Johnson also scored on a 76-yard run, his fourth career rushing touchdown of least 75 yards, one shy of O.J. Simpson's NFL record. The Raiders have lost eight straight season openers, the longest active streak in the NFL. Oakland allowed 205 rush yards, the 12th time it has given up at least 200 rush yards in a game over the last four seasons, the most in the NFL in that span. Jason Campbell had 180 passing yards with a touchdown and interception in his Raiders debut. The 38 points are the most by the Titans in their season opener since 1991, and tied for the fourth-most in an opener in franchise history. Dating back to last season, Tennessee has won six of its last seven at home. Vince Young threw a 56-yard TD pass to Nate Washington, the second-longest of his career (66-yd TD pass to Chris Johnson in 2009).

Jaguars 24, Broncos 17
David Garrard records his fifth career game with three touchdown passes and becomes the second Jaguars QB to throw for three scores in a season opener. Marcedes Lewis records his first career multi-TD game. In fact, his two receiving TD ties his career-high for a season. The Broncos have lost five straight games and nine of their last 11 since starting the 2009 season 6-0. The Broncos turned the ball over twice and forced no turnovers. Denver has lost its last 18 games with a turnover margin of -2 or worse. Brandon Lloyd (five receptions, 117 yards) records his fifth career 100-yard receiving game and his first since 2008. The Broncos have lost three straight games against the Jaguars.