GM Gene, Jack Del Rio Villified: David Garrard Done for 2011 Season


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

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  • elephant60

    I am sorry to hear about Gerrard’s injury but I think that the JAGS made the right choice

  • elephant60

    I am sorry to hear about Gerrard’s injury but I think that the JAGS made the right choice

  • KeenanJ

    I was not a supporter of the release of David Garrard, although I happy that Blaine is getting his chance to start this season. It should only mean good things come next season.

    But just for the sake of the team, it was good that Garrard was released with the salary he was due. With him not playing a down this season and still requiring surgery, that means it would’ve happened had he been retained. So the team saved 8 million dollars in salary space, which could only be considered a good thing.

  • KeenanJ

    I was not a supporter of the release of David Garrard, although I happy that Blaine is getting his chance to start this season. It should only mean good things come next season.

    But just for the sake of the team, it was good that Garrard was released with the salary he was due. With him not playing a down this season and still requiring surgery, that means it would’ve happened had he been retained. So the team saved 8 million dollars in salary space, which could only be considered a good thing.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    @KeenanJ The most important consequence of this news (and I am sorry for David) is that Gene Smith and Jack Del Rio correctly identified that Garrard would not be giving the Jaguars a level of play greater than or even equal to that of Luke McCown and Blaine Gabbert, which was an extremely controversial decision at the time and one that continued to receiver venomous criticism through the first several weeks of the season. Many accused the Jaguars of being cheap and caring more about the bottom line (aka money) than the fans or putting a winning team on the field. Obviously, a ridiculous concept.

    I think that if fans are able to see beyond their anger right now over being 1-5, this should restore any faith that may have been lost for those who thought this was a money-driven decision or just plain wrong. Garrard’s back was a ticking time bomb and whether they knew the extent of his injury or not, they correctly determined that David’s level of play would be less than the other QB’s on the roster and they showed no fear in making that decision with the best intentions for the franchise in mind.

  • http://www.hoftalk.com/ thehof

    @KeenanJ The most important consequence of this news (and I am sorry for David) is that Gene Smith and Jack Del Rio correctly identified that Garrard would not be giving the Jaguars a level of play greater than or even equal to that of Luke McCown and Blaine Gabbert, which was an extremely controversial decision at the time and one that continued to receiver venomous criticism through the first several weeks of the season. Many accused the Jaguars of being cheap and caring more about the bottom line (aka money) than the fans or putting a winning team on the field. Obviously, a ridiculous concept.

    I think that if fans are able to see beyond their anger right now over being 1-5, this should restore any faith that may have been lost for those who thought this was a money-driven decision or just plain wrong. Garrard’s back was a ticking time bomb and whether they knew the extent of his injury or not, they correctly determined that David’s level of play would be less than the other QB’s on the roster and they showed no fear in making that decision with the best intentions for the franchise in mind.

  • KeenanJ

    @thehof Although I will say that I don’t think Del Rio was happy about the decision. I think he was feeling the pressure to win now and he believed that Garrard gave him the best chance to do that, minus the injury of course. But from my point of view, it was a win for everybody involved.

    It was good for Blaine because he is getting invaluable experience right now.

    It was good for the team because the potential for there being a QB controversy was eliminated.

    It was good for the coaching staff, mainly coach Koetter, because now he can focus on tailoring his gameplans to the strenghts of Blaine. Should Garrard been kept, Koetter would’ve had to change is approach.

    And it is good for Gene because it showed he made the right decision.

    But most importantly, it was good for David because he wasn’t subjected to injuring himself further.

  • KeenanJ

    @thehof Although I will say that I don’t think Del Rio was happy about the decision. I think he was feeling the pressure to win now and he believed that Garrard gave him the best chance to do that, minus the injury of course. But from my point of view, it was a win for everybody involved.

    It was good for Blaine because he is getting invaluable experience right now.

    It was good for the team because the potential for there being a QB controversy was eliminated.

    It was good for the coaching staff, mainly coach Koetter, because now he can focus on tailoring his gameplans to the strenghts of Blaine. Should Garrard been kept, Koetter would’ve had to change is approach.

    And it is good for Gene because it showed he made the right decision.

    But most importantly, it was good for David because he wasn’t subjected to injuring himself further.

  • bctitansized

    and now it makes sense

  • bctitansized

    and now it makes sense