Jacksonville Jaguars Release Of David Garrard Totally Unexpected

David Garrard's surprise release changes the landscape at quarterback for a few teams.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Release Of David Garrard Totally Unexpected

The response from David Garrard's agent echoed the same thing that everyone else was thinking when the Jacksonville Jaguars announced the release of the incumbent starting quarterback. It starts something like, "What in the world?"

The National Football Post's Andrew Brandt got a quick word from Garrard's agent, Al Irby, following the release and it seems that no one saw this coming, including Garrard's own camp. Brandt says via Twitter, "Asked Garrard's agent Al Irby if any hints on release: "Not one clue. All indications were he would be there. They cut their best QB."

Most would agree at this point that Garrard is, indeed, the Jags best quarterback and would disagree with Jack Del Rio's ridiculous statement that back-up Luke McCown gives the team the best chance to win. Instead of admitting that it's about the $8 million the team will save, Del Rio stakes his already short leash on the back-up quarterback and a possible franchise QB in former Mizzou Tiger Blaine Gabbert

The latter might turn into the real deal, but here's a prediction that the Jags lose any and every game McCown starts this season. There's just not enough firepower to deal with the loss.

Check out more coverage on the Jags quarterback situation over at Big Cat Country.

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David Garrard Release: Blaine Gabbert's Path To Starting Quarterback Now Cleared With Jaguars

Former Missouri Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert was clearly selected to be the QB of the future for the Jacksonville Jaguars when his name was selected with the No. 10 choice in the 2011 NFL Draft. A veteran starter stood in his way, however, in the form of David Garrard for what was believed to be at least the next year. Consider that timeline erased. With the release of Garrard rather unexpectedly, Luke McCown is now the only thing that stands in the way of Gabbert’s ascension.

It’s clear that it’s not only general manager Gene Smith who likes Gabbert’s talent at this point. Apparently head coach Jack Del Rio has signed off on the move as well given the hot seat he will feel if the team doesn’t leapfrog the Indianapolis Colts this year with Peyton Manning’s injury. By starting McCown and eventually Gabbert, the Jags are betting that the future is now rather than later.

It’s a poor move from an outsiders perspective, given that Garrard enjoyed a career year last year in passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage. He also had the respect of his teammates. Now the Jags start with a major question mark right on the eve of the regular season. None of this makes any sense at this point — even if it’s about finances. But some other team will profit from the availability of Garrard, and Gabbert knows he’s already that much closer to the starter’s role.

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