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Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 5:36 pm
 
David Garrard's done in Jacksonville and Luke McCown will start the opener. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco confirms a report that the Jaguars are releasing starting quarterback David Garrard and replacing him with Luke McCown. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first reported the move on Twitter: "The Jaguars today have informed starting QB David Garrard they are releasing him! Luke McKown [sic] will start opener! Shocker!!!"

Shocker, indeed. Head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters two weeks ago that "David's our starter," but added: "We need more efficiency offensively and certainly the trigger man plays a large role in that. I think it all ties together."

We're not sure McCown is any more equipped to do that job than Garrard, but he's cheaper, and it'll make it much easier to hand the offense over to rookie Blaine Gabbert later this season.

The 2011 Jaguars
"You know how I feel about it being a team game that we play and the timing of the routes with the receivers and the protection up front and the quarterback making good decisions delivering the ball," Del Rio said in late August. "It all comes together and then you're able to do things offensively, where you're a beat off here or a beat off there and the play breaks down and when you have that timing it looks beautiful. So we're doing some things better and we've been in camp long enough.

"We have the same system, we have the same quarterback, we have the same players. We should expect to play at a higher level. I expect us to play at a higher level and now would be a good time."

The Jags may have the same system and the same players, but the quarterback will be different. As for the results … well, we'll find out Sunday. 

There was speculation during the preseason that Garrard, who missed time with a back injury, might be released, but the timing -- just four days before the season opener -- is peculiar. Then again, Del Rio dumped Byron Leftwich on September 1 four years ago, so it's not the first time it's happened. Garrard was set to make $8 million in 2011.

And while Garrard won't be out of work long, Del Rio's already-warm seat just got hotter. He somehow avoided getting fired after last season's disappointing 8-8 finish, and if the Jags stumble again this year (they haven't had a winning season since 2007) he could be looking for work come January.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:23 am
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2011 5:24 am
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

To the retard Bears fan.  This is the 2nd consecutive year that the Jags have outdrawn Chicago.  Hilarious.


tomlye
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:51 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

And your point is? I believe the owners have the option in players contracts to cut them anytime they want, the player doesn't have the option to hold out anytime they want.
First of all, this is factually incorrect, but as we'll see from the rest of your comment that won't stop you from parroting the PR without a whit of critical thinking.

 Where do you work, do you have the option to hold out at work for a raise or can they fire you anytime they want.
If I am an NFL player, the answer is yes. If not, there isn't a good chance of it. You know what this means? It means that no matter how many times you victims of the everlasting battle for the minds of men insist that NFL players are just like Wal-Mart employees, THEY ARE NOT. Also, we have laws protecting the rights of workers, so, no, employers do not get to fire you "anytime they want".

It's called "guaranteed money"
Which is why it's called a "contract". Otherwise, it's not a contract but a tentative, off-the-record pledge. Contracts are meant to guarantee. That's their sole purpose.

Vick just signed a 100 million contract, please look it up and tell me the amount of money "guaranteed" in the contract, does that tell you anything? Just asking!!!!
You do realize you just answered your first question, don't you? That is the point. It's not a $100 million contract. It's a $40 million contract with another $60 million tentatively hinted at if they really feel like paying it.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

Redwings1969: What ever happened to sarcasm???!!!! I was kidding, JOKING!!! Jeez man! Get up. Go outside! Get some air.... Take a walk around the block every now and then. Chill! It was just an honest (perhaps underhanded) attempt at humor... LIGHTEN UP!

So now I'm an idiot because i'm not a psychic?  How on earth would anybody know you were joking?  Do you have an idea at all how many idiots on these boards play the race card every time something goes wrong for a black athlete?   My response to your post was based on what I read, nothing more nothing less.  And guess what?  Every post anybody types on these boards is in response to something somebody said.  

I'm all for humour, I screw around more then anybody I know.... hell, you only live once.  But don't insult me because I'm not psychic.... I just read your post again and there is no way anybody would know you were kidding.  There are a ton of people on these boards, dozens actually at the very least that believe what you were joking about to be true.

And by the way I get plenty of fresh air and I "chill" a lot.....  why don't you try doing that for a few minutes?   



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:30 am
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

Redwings1969: What ever happened to sarcasm???!!!! I was kidding, JOKING!!! Jeez man! Get up. Go outside! Get some air.... Take a walk around the block every now and then. Chill! It was just an honest (perhaps underhanded) attempt at humor... LIGHTEN UP!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:49 am
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

Garrard has proven in years past that he is at the very least a serviceable QB.  

Fair enough, I'll give you that.  Garrard is a serviceable qb, always was and probably will be again wherever he plays next.  The problem though is serviceable qb's don't make 8 million dollars per season.  Serviceable qb's don't get paid the kind of money Garrard got paid the last 3 or 4 seasons.  Serviceable qb's make about what Gabbert signed for as a rookie, an average of 3 million dollars per season or even less.  As fans I'll agree all we want is to win and we don't care what it costs to win.  But in the end an owner signing the paychecks has to get full value for his buck.....  in this case, the Jaguars aren't getting full value for Garrard's salary so they let him go.  And it makes sense...



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:45 am
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

This is just the NFL getting back at black guys who marry/date beautiful, HOT, blonde, white women...... Trust me, there's GOT to be a conspiracy here: First Tiki Barber, can't even get called in for a tryout by anyone other than the Dolphins, now David Garrard is getting crapped on. One is an accident, Two is a trend..."..

I feel sorry for you man, honestly I do.  You must live a terrible life that's as sad as can be.  You must wake up miserable every morning and have trouble functioning on a daily basis.  I can't imagine living in the world you live in, the fake world where you believe everybody around you hates you for the skin of your colour.  A world where every time something doesn't go your way it's because you're black or chineese or whatever you are.  Very sad and I wish you the best in the future.... seriously.

As for Garrard, there is another good reason he got let go that had nothing to do with the fact he dates HOT blonde, white woman.   That Blaine Gabbert guy you mentioned just signed a 12 million dollar 4 year deal, all of it 100 percent guaranteed and 7 million dollars of it in the form of a signing bonus.  The NFL is a capped league and owners like to get full value for their dollar.  Garrard was due to make 8 million dollars this season and he simply is not worth 8 million dollars so they let him go.  It's that easy... that's probably the real reason this all happened.

But yeah, you keep believing the Jaguars make decisions based on a guys colour and the woman he dates... whatever helps you sleep at night brother because obviously you are losing your mind.  I'm not saying descrimination doesn't exist in this world because it clearly does still exist.  But the sport you chose to complain about has hundreds of successful black athletes making a great living playing a game.  It was a terrible example and your argument doesn't hold any weight at all. 



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:04 am
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

Does anybody here honestly think that Blaine Gabbert (or Luke McCown, for that matter) will sell out a Jacksonville stadium on a consistent basis....PLEASE.... The economy in the whole state of Florida stinks too much... Has been so for several years now. THAT'S why ZERO Florida sports teams can sell their games out consistently these days. This is just the NFL getting back at black guys who marry/date beautiful, HOT, blonde, white women...... Trust me, there's GOT to be a conspiracy here: First Tiki Barber, can't even get called in for a tryout by anyone other than the Dolphins, now David Garrard is getting crapped on. One is an accident, Two is a trend..."..



Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:13 am
 

Jaguars release Garrard, will start McCown

Jack must have gotten the word from above.  There is no way that he makes this decision on his own!  Garrard has proven in years past that he is at the very least a serviceable QB.  The way I see it, if the owner or GM advised him to do it, then it takes the heat off of him to win this year or else.  Don't forget that Jack Del Rio is one of the most tenured coaches in the league in his 9th year after taking over for Tom Coughlin in 2003.  We'll see...Live well and safe journey.


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