David Garrard – The Soldier

I must admit, I disagree with Terry’s article. I know that I am a dissenting opinion (besides evilboy in the comments, and his opinion was so misbegotten that it is doesn’t hold much weight) but I must say that I disagree.  Initially this was just a comment on Terry’s article, but it got so long and I liked what I was saying enough that I decided to post it.  After all, the larger the variety of thought, the better overall thinking is done.  
 
So here is my take on David Garrard’s play and actions as a soldier on the field.
I think David Garrard does have the faculties to be a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but he is still learning.  David’s learning is just taking place a later point in his career. Unlike Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, David wasn’t thrust into the starting role to heal a franchise (were the Colts or Patriots truly a threat before those two quarterbacks became who they are now?) at a young age.  He was backup to Mark Brunell for a few years first.  During this period he developed his physical tools to succeed in the NFL and was just gearing up to start when all of a sudden Byron Leftwich, the hottest thing out of Marshall, appears.  
 
So, Garrard sits the bench again and waits his turn.  But rather than being able to observe a solid starting quarterback and pick his brain, he had to help mentor the guy ahead of him.  Babysitting the younger man rather than gleaning information from a Drew Bledsoe, like Tom Brady could.
As a result, with the departure of Byron, Garrard stepped in and played very cautious football.  As he succeeded and the coaches’ faith in him grew, he assumed more control of the offense.  But because his only starting year was a very cautious style of play, he hadn’t learned much true command of an offense.  Now, he is being given the pieces but being commanded by the coaching staff to use them in certain situations and defer to their “better” judgement rather than allowing him to grow mentally and develop his game to adapt to true game situations.  
 
It was more like a practice or scrimmage, but the defense was changing each week and adapting better than in a controlled environment.  The result is quite poor.  Perhaps with free reins he will be better.  He is not a robot, but instead a good soldier.  Battling for our Jaguar nation.  He does what he’s told, and just like any good soldier (even one that knows better), he obeys his commander(s).
- Luke N. Sims

Tags: Byron Leftwich David Garrard Drew Bledsoe Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Brunell Peyton Manning Tom Brady

  • evilboy128

    interesting…just because I didn’t like the article I am misbegotten. Wonder where I get off thinking I get to have an opinion.

    • evilboy128

      By the way Luke, Great response on Terry’s article…I am not a writer…I am an artist so I not able to articulate myself as clearly as you did in your response…so bask in your clear right and superiority to respond to articles which apparently I shouldn’t be allowed to have

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Hey; we treat everyone’s opinion with respect. And I think this site is representing open-to-new-ideas’ atmosphere.

      Please don’t take every comment to seriously.

      By the way Luke- interesting article; I like stories and players viewed by different angles. This soldier compare is might even more accurate then Terry’s.

      Wow- I must raise my writing level; cause these 2 gentleman are raised the bar today pretty high!

  • evilboy128

    Noted and understood Zoltan. I am a very passionate fan and sometimes I let my passion for the point override the point in itself. Thanks for your patience and it is something that I will work on.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      I think if you just present your opinion, everything is fine. Black and Teal tries to be an intelligent thought provoking site. I put something out there, Luke responds.

      Want to know how I feel with him disagreeing? I feel great. I inspired him to write and share something with others. How is that bad? It isn’t.

      Everyone doesn’t have to agree, but everyone could do a bit better by listening for a moment. Everyone can do a bit better by sharing something. It doesn’t have to start with “that is the dumbest….”. It could start with, I disagree and here is why. Very simple very elogent. That is why Luke was asked to write for the site. We are glad to have him.

  • http://bigcatcountry.com Collin

    I have to disagree with you on the concept of Garrard not starting early enough in his career causing his learning curve to increase. I might’ve agreed with you in his second year, but now this will be his third season as a full time starter, and he’s played in the two other seasons prior to that to some extent.

    Hopefully he’ll have a good season. He’s got the physical tools to succeed and only needs to play better football. Will the offensive line be any better? Will his pass-protection’s improvement have a drastic impact on his level of play?

    These questions we’ll only have answered on the field.

    • http://bigcatcountry.com Collin

      Look at Aaron Rodgers… Sat for years and got into the league playing A+ football. Don’t feed me that Brett Farve mentored him line either anybody… Coaches coach, and players play…

      Garrard needs to be a player this year for us to have a chance against Schaub and Manning. We can’t expect disaster every time we see Kubiak… He’s good for blowing 2 or 3 games a season for his squad… We can’t count on those blown games being against us.

      • zoltanfrombudapest

        Very good example Collin- bottom line is; sadly David is what he is- an average QB; who with good supporting cast can archive “special things” (As JDR likes to say).
        I hope he knows it’s now or never time for him. I think he had the receivers (TEs!!!); and the RBs. I’M not sold on the O-line though….
        Anyway; he must step up, be a leader, and must play constantly well.

      • Luke

        Good point Collin! Very good point on Aaron Rodgers. He definitely didn’t have Favre mentoring him because Favre wasn’t being such a kind guy to him or the organization at the time. I do think he was able to glean more from him (including how not to throw interceptions). But, perhaps David will suddenly glow again like he did in 2007. Perhaps….