Following the news that the Raiders were losing Jason Campbell for several weeks to the rest of the season, many speculated that David Garrard might be high on the list to take over in Oakland. Jay Glazer from FoxSports is reporting that David Garrard will be needing “immediate surgery on a herniated disc in his back” and many are speculating that this means he will not be playing a down of NFL football in 2011. So what does this mean for the Jaguars?
It means that hopefully some faith can be restored in Jack Del Rio and general manager Gene Smith, who determined that Garrard was not capable of giving them a level of performance exceeding career backup Luke McCown and rookie Blaine Gabbert. We were told that this decision did not factor in salary and that simply, the personnel evaluators determined that Garrard was not the best quarterback on the roster and would not return to the level that we had all expected he could. Many fans and critics have questioned this decision as the Jaguars dropped five straight games and both McCown and Gabbert have both struggled at times. Many said that Garrard would be winning the games that McCown and Gabbert have lost and that Wayne Weaver and Co. made the decision only to save $9 million, despite the Jaguars already being well under the salary cap.
It all adds up now – something was truly wrong with David Garrard and despite what many would like to think, it seems that letting him go before the season and advancing the development of the future (aka Blaine Gabbert) was the best thing the Jaguars could have done.
– Andrew Hofheimer