David Garrard Released, Luke McCown to Start Jaguars Opener

Source: bleacherreport.com

This is being reported by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. He’s no Adam Schefter when it comes to how many stories he scoops, but he’s no Adam Schefter when it comes to blowing smoke up people’s behinds. If he’s reporting it, this is likely the truth.

It looks like today is the end of the David Garrard era in Jacksonville and Luke McCown will likely be starting the season under center from the Jaguars. Jack Del Rio, often referred to as Gambler Jack by former Jacksonville team writer Vic Ketchman, is known for his bold moves on both 4th down and with his roster.

This also implies that it will only be a matter of time before Blaine Gabbert is starting and his development will likely be accelerated to whatever level he can handle. Garrard would have been a bridge for the 2011 season; McCown is no bridge. He is merely a placeholder until the rookie is ready to go.

Hold on to your butts, people. The 2011 season just got pretty funky. Peyton Manning out indefinitely. Arian Foster with a hamstring injury that’s likely to linger. David Garrard out, McCown/Gabbert in. Vince Young saga over and Hasselbeck locker in Tennessee.

The AFC South is the wild, wild west. Looks like we might want to stay tuned all 16 games.

- Andrew Hofheimer

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  • KeenanJ

    The only thing that gets me about this whole ordeal is the timing of it. Simple fact is the chances of the Jags making the playoffs this year have been cut in half. Maybe we get a better performance out of Luke than anticipated, but there is no way, with this schedule he can take this team to a winning schedule. Although I could be wrong. It should be a certainty that Blaine will start sometime this season depending on how he progresses and how well Luke does. A comment on Paul Kuharsky’s AFC South blog about McCown pretty much summed it up to me: ”Good move for the long run… Bad move for the season.”

    Another interesting point made in another comment in that same article is about the 1,300 tickets sold 90 mintues after the release of the news. That makes it obvious that David Garrard was really unpopular with a fair share of this fanbase. I know he never played as well as his contract warranted him to, but he took a pounding over these last few years that I doubt many could’ve endured. I think he did a commendable job to say the least, although I always wanted better QB play from him. Maybe now we’ll get that out of McCown and he has my full support as long as he is the starter. But I will say this, hurry up Blaine!

  • KeenanJ

    It’s too bad he spent a lot of his time here in that same position as the main picture of this article.