What's up Jag fans!!! I just had some questions in mind about our defense and our quarterback position. So here is my interesting office topic of the day. Every great defense has its bad day, whether you are the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers or Green Bay Packers. But they all have one thing in common..."A quarterback they believe in". No matter how they play they know that if they can make a couple of stops or a couple of turnovers, then they can be right back in the game and win it. I asked the question, if the jags defense is not playing good or great, do you feel confident that Garrard can put the team on his back and lead us to victory? and the reponse was.................
Nooooo!!!!!! and let me tell you why. This is what I heard when I asked the question and people replied with no hesitation. A lot of people said you dont want Garrard to throw the ball over 20-25 times a game because that is not his game. So I ask , "why have a quarterback that you don't want to throw the ball?"
I tend to think that Indy has an average defense with great defensive ends, but overall the defense is okay. The difference is a great quarterback that always gives them a fighting chance. So I think the jaguars felt that they can't turn their defense from poor to great in one year, but if they can make their defense good through free agency or the NFL Draft and draft a franchise quarterback(a passing quarterback), it may get them over the playoff hump.
I know we haven't seen Blaine Gabbert play a down in the NFL yet, but it will create believe in the team that they can win, even if they are down 10-17 points. Right now, if a team goes up 10-17 points with Garrard a quaterback, immediately every fan gets nervous.
A lot of the people I associate with feel if the opposing team goes up and David has to throw, teams know to pressure David all day and he will eventually throw you a pick or he will take a sack for a huge loss. I think the Jaguar organization feels they need a quarterback to be able to make quick reads, throw the ball before they are open, be accurate and not throw the ball when you see them open, because by then it is too late.
Also I feel teams don't respect Garrard's passing ability and respect MJD, so we often face 8-9 defenders in the box. At least Gabbert will get that 8th to 9th defender out of the box, which will help MJD and possibly give him a longer career. Also Gabbert does make the reads(proof is on NFL network with Steve Mariucci when Gabbert went to the chalk board and decribed his reads on a certain play) , throws before the reciever is open( I watched some of his highlights and still couldn't believe how early he threw the ball and it was on target), and accurate.
Do you start a quarterback, which should be the leader of your offense, that you feel can't win you a game by himself?