Del Rio has a QB controversy
Updated: November 15, 2006, 11:43 AM ET
Like it or not, head coach Jack Del Rio has a quarterback controversy in Jacksonville. With a former first round draft pick in Byron Leftwich sitting idle on the bench, David Garrard, his backup, led the Jaguars to two nice wins at Philadelphia and at home against the Titans. This was followed up by a stinker at home against the Houston Texans, a team they were looking to revenge a previous loss to.
In the Texans' game Garrard was a pedestrian 15 of 34 for 214 yards while throwing for no touchdowns and being intercepted four times. All Del Rio wants from his quarterback is a game manager that can hand the ball off to his powerful RB Fred Taylor or his darting RB Maurice Jones-Drew. In his first two starts Garrard limited his passing attempts to 22 and 17 throws and was not intercepted while completing three touchdown passes. The thing that Garrard gives the Jaguars is a more mobile quarterback that can be a threat to run the ball. However, if you are going to be asked to manage a game rather than be the architect that throws the ball 35-40 times, like Peyton Manning, then you need to keep your turnovers (interceptions) to a minimum.
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