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Garrard the reason for Jags success

Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:32 pm
D. Garrard is quietly having a solid season for Jacksonville (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you were to stop an obvious, but random, NFL fan on the street today and ask him or her how the Jaguars were faring this season, he or she would probably tell you something like this, “Oh, they’re totally not very good. I watched them on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago (against the Titans), and they absolutely sucked. Hey, aren’t they going to fire their coach?”

Even in Jacksonville, I imagine many of the responses would be sort of similar.

So, when you look at the standings in the AFC South today, and you see that the Jaguars – MY GOD! – have a winning record and, at 5-4, are only one game behind the Colts for first place, it’s a stunning piece of information.

And then you think back to Week 4 when the Jaguars actually beat Indianapolis, and you might think, “Man, how in the heck are they doing this?”

The somewhat surprising answer is QB David Garrard.

Garrard has never before been considered an elite NFL quarterback (and for good reason) but he’s quietly having a solid season – a 69.4 completion percentage (third-best in the league), 15 touchdowns, seven interceptions, a passer rating of 104.9 (second-best in the league). And the past two weeks, he’s played out of his mind, completing 41 of 52 passes for 602 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions.

What in the hell has gotten into Garrard, anyway? And is he an elite quarterback? That second query is the question posed by the Florida Times-Union today.

From the paper:

When the question was posed on Monday … Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio immediately backed off. He wasn't ready to go there because he knows Garrard's history is more roller-coaster than sustained excellence.

In other words, Garrard's boss wants to see an extended period of success, not a four-game snapshot, before putting his quarterback in a category with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers.

Del Rio praised the "decisiveness" of Garrard doing a better job of getting the ball out early. He lauded him for playing at a "high level," but he wasn't biting on him being an elite quarterback. Smart move.

It is a smart move, because Garrard has not shown this kind of sustained excellence before. Can he keep it up? Probably not. But the fact we’re even using the words “David Garrard” and “elite quarterback” in the same sentence in a non-sarcastic way is not something anybody is used to doing.

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Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:36 am

Garrard the reason for Jags success

I don't think calling Rivers elite is throwing it around too lightly. Now you can make the argument that you need to win a superbowl to be considered elite but the bottom line is Rivers is on pace to break Marino's single-season record right now without his best 3 receivers and he is currently the highest-rated passer of all time. Saying it's cavalier to call a guy like him elite is being cavalier with the word cavalier.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:58 pm

Garrard the reason for Jags success

Josh, you throw the phrase "elite QB" around too cavalierly anyway.  For example, calling Philip Rivers an elite QB.  He isn't.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:53 pm

Garrard the reason for Jags success

Isn't this the same guy who was just a few weeks ago the subject of an article of how his selection in the draft (and subsequent contract extensions) had completely destroyed any football hope in Jacksonville? 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:22 pm

Garrard the reason for Jags success

While I definitely do not think Garrard is an elite QB in the NFL, it is not like he has not had success before.  It was just a few seasons ago that he finished with 18 TD's and only three picks.  Anytime a QB has a 6-1 TD to int ratio, that is a great year.  The Jags have had serious issues with the OL and the receivers, so you could not expect great things from any QB with those weaknesses.  Both of those units are better this season, so that makes it a bit easier on Garrard to be productive. 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:42 pm

Garrard the reason for Jags success

He doesn't need to sustain his level of play. I only needed him to play well for one week in fantasy while Rivers was on a bye.  Mission accomplished! LOL

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