I had a revelation in the 4th quarter of the week 1 game against Indianapolis. The Jaguars needed to gain about 30 yards in 2 minutes and I realized that I no longer have faith in David to lead this team down the field when they need it most. On January 5th, 2008, I had no doubt in my mind that the Jaguar quarterback could and would get 2 the yards necessary to keep the season alive on a 4th & 2 against the Steelers and he validated my belief with a 30 yard run and a victory. Where did I lose the faith? I don't really know. Maybe it was the Pittsburgh game I attended in Jacksonville when the team had a 4 and out. Or maybe it was another time during that terrible 2008 season. Whenever it was, I know that when the Jaguars came out on the field against the Colts last Sunday needing only 30 yards, I had no faith in David to get those yards. I hoped that he would prove me wrong, but unfortunately he didn't.
The last season and the beginning of this season have been marked by terrible offensive line play and lackluster support from the receivers. The excuses for poor play by David Garrard are obvious and plentiful and I actually agree with these points. When David drops back his pocket better be a large one. Once that pocket collapses even a little he starts running for his life. I actually saw a play this week against Arizona when David ducked his head and looked to run but was trapped in a bubble of his own offensive linemen. That is called a pocket David, and you can throw from it. I don't blame his fear, though. If I was hit as often as he was, I'd be scared too.
I don't think David Garrard was at all to blame for the loss to Arizona. However, I no longer feel like he is a quarterback capable of winning a Super Bowl for this team. Neither is Luke McCown. The draft is the only solution and if the Jaguars continues as it has started, they will certainly be in good position to snatch up one of the top QBs in April.