EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18: Luke McCown #12 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium Stadium on September 18, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
It's extremely easy in the sports world to constantly "what if" anything-decisions, games, coaching, etc. Every decision a franchise makes is under the microscope by us fans. "What if" does not help. What if Gale Sayers never suffered that career ending injury? (still a hall of famer despite the possibilities) What if "The Music City Miracle" was called a forward pass? What if Dwight Clark never catches Montana's pass in the waning seconds of that playoff game? We can go on...and on...and on in the NFL.
"What if David Garrard was still the starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars?" should not be a question you are asking yourself. We can focus on the past, asking "what if", or we can move to the current status of this team, as well as the future. As fans, we learn from the past, and never forget its sting at times, but we focus on what is, not what could have been. David Garrard is at home, biding his time, hoping a team contending for a playoff spot signs him and picks up his expensive contract also. News flash: it won't be the Jaguars. There's a method to the front office's madness, and though we dealt with quite an excruciating performance by Luke McCown on Sunday, we can't compare him to a quarterback that is not only gone, but brought a completely different skill set. The goal for either of them this season: usher in the real answer, for this franchise, Blaine Gabbert.
Let's all do ourselves a favor as fans, and lose the "What if?" No matter what words you put after that phrase, the end result will be the same-fleeting distractions.