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David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 10:50 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

David Garrard was stunningly released on Tuesday afternoon by the Jaguars, and, this might not come as "news," but he was as surprised as everyone else.

According to his agent, Al Irby, he was "shocked" even, because they believed Garrard was starting Week 1 for Jacksonville.

"Been assured that the job was his this year," said Al Irby, Garrard's agent, said, per Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union. "That's why we're all shocked, and so was he. This had to be a last minute decision, that's the only thing I can say. I don't think these guys would purposely tell me one thing and [do another]."

Perhaps the most logical reason for waiting so long to release Garrard? The Colts situation at quarterback -- though it stinks to wait so long for Garrard to get on the open market for his own personal reasons, he might have been a nice fit for the Jags division rival Indy.

The 2011 Jaguars
But given that the NFL is a quarterbacks league that doesn't feature all that many good quarterbacks, it stands to reason he'll find work somewhere. Which is why it makes sense that, also according to Irby, he's "gotten some calls."

"The system's going to do what it's going to do," Irby said. "He has gotten some calls, they know there's some interest. David can still play it's obvious. He knows he's gonna have options and he's gonna just sit back and let the offers come in and make a decision."

There are still plenty of teams that need quarterback. The 49ers brought in Josh McCown due to their concern with Alex Smith as a starter, and wouldn't that be a potentially ironic landing spot given that Luke McCown took over as the starter for Garrard?

The Panthers are rolling with Derek Anderson as their backup, and the Carolina quarterbacks coach Mike Shula had some serious success with Garrard when he coached in Jacksonville from 2007-10. Seattle's quarterbacks coach, Carl Smith, was Garrard's offensive coordinator in Jacksonville for two years, from 2005-06.

The Ravens (Tyrod Taylor) and Raiders (Kyle Boller) could both use a capable backup. Tennessee might be interested at the right price to help protect the need to shove Jake Locker into a starting role if Matt Hasselbeck gets hurt.

So it's not surprising to hear that teams are inquiring about Garrard's availability. The only question is whether it's too close to the start of the season for another team to really make the investment in Garrard worth the cost.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:04 am

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Well, that end a long run by a QB who never seemed to put it all together.

As Garrard has/had skills that make him a winner, he never seems to get to the upper level in he NFL. Never a top winning QB but about average or a little above. He had some great running games to work with and the offense was never all about him.

It was always hard to tell if it was just Garrard or his lack of top level targets that were the biggest part of the problem with the Jags passing attack. Both he and his targets almost never put great games back to back.

Maybe he gets a chance to prove if it was wideouts that held him back or if he is forever average.

One thing about him going to Indy or Ravens, he would make the choice about being on a winning team (or that would be the hope). He would be a very different QB than Peyton. But it would be just for 1 year with those 2 teams.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:32 am

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

As a long time Jags fan i was also surprised by the move releasing Garrard, but he was given every oppurtunity to succeed and hasn't.  He was horrible this preseason and was owed 8.3 million.  JDR is on the hotseat and for him to make this move tells me he wasn't the best option for the Jags.  I wish DJ well wherever he goes, he laid it on the line everytime he took the field.  Go Jags!!

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:27 am

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'


Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:27 am

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Well I would say that if anybody should be flabbergasted it should be Garrard but that comment cracked me up!

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:10 am

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Well, at least David Garrard and his agent weren't "flabbergasted" on Garrard's release.

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:05 am

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Agent Irby, if the Chiefs haven't called yet may I suggest you call them. A look at the roster shows, Cassel, Palko and Stanzi. How much more needs to be said?

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:50 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

I doubt we will ever find out why they waited so long to let him go or let him know but I hope we do find out.  I don't think he will have any trouble finding a job though.  I wish him well as he looks to continue his career.

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:55 pm

David Garrard's agent: QB has 'gotten some calls'

Mr. Agent, are you stupid? Of course they would lie to you. If they had any class they would not have done this to Garrard. What a JOKE, so disrespectful. You watch they will pay for this classless act.

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