This weekend may very well be the last time David Garrard enters Everbank Stadium as the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His performance this season has been less than satisfactory. Actually, that is putting it kindly. Let’s face it, his performance the past two weeks has been abysmal.
Garrard started the season against the Denver Broncos looking like a quarterback worthy of his $60,000,000. Although he threw for only 170 yards he made them a high quality gains. That 170 yardsincluded 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, only 1 sack, completed 76.2% of his passes, and a stellar 138.9 passer rating. He led the Jaguars to victory the way a confident quarterback should.
That first week he instilled a sense of hope and enthusiasm within the Jacksonville fan base that has not been felt in a long time. They may have come out to get a glimpse of Tebow, but they left praising Garrard.
Since then, though, we have not seen the same quarterback step foot on the field. In fact, David has played two of the worst games of his career. He has completed only 52% of his passes for a total of 278 yards; beensacked 9 times and thrown 5 interceptions; he’s even fumbled once and thrown just one measly touchdown in 53 pass attempts.
It’s safe to say that somewhere between the Broncos game and his flight to San Diego in week 2 David Garrard lost his confidence. We can only hope that he has had some time reflect and figure what is ailing him because this weekend will most likely be his last chance.
Nobody really expects the Jags to defeat the Colts, but David Garrard is going to have to put up some impressive numbers against them–like Kyle Orton in Denver’s loss to Indianapolis–in order to maintain his starting position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
David Garrard may not win against the Colts, but he will have to win the hearts of the Jaguar fans by playing like a $60,000,000 quarterback.