Here’s how cruel of a business the NFL can be… David Garrard was released today by the Jacksonville Jaguars only five days before the start of the regular season.
Jack Del Rio had grown sick of Garrard’s inconsistency and didn’t see enough from him in the preseason to keep him as the team’s starter.
Its a weird twist of fate as well as Garrard’s end mirrored his start. Garrard became the team’s starting QB in 2007 in similar fashion as the Jags cut ties with Byron Leftwich just days before it’s opener with Tennessee.
Garrard led the Jags to a 10-6 season and a first-round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs. Ever since then Garrard has been an enigma under center and there was talk last year of him being replaced by Luke McCown before McCown went down for the season with an injury.
Garrard’s last few starts as a Jag were horrendous including a five turnover performance against the Redskins at the end of last season and in this preseason against St. Louis he went 1-5 and exchanged words with his offensive line. That may have factored into him not being voted a team captain by his peers and it was the straw that broke the camel’s back for his days in Jacksonville.
Now McCown takes over for the Jags but the real question is how long will he be the starter before Blaine Gabbert takes the reigns?
Gabbert was the tenth overall pick in this years draft and seems as though he’s adapted well to the Jags offense. With the Jags in rebuild mode we could see Gabbert after the November 6th bye week versus Indianapolis.
As for Garrard teams like the Buccaneers, 49ers & Bengals could use a veteran to backup a young QB so who knows how long he’ll be out of a job for.
One things for sure, Garrard got a front row view of how harsh life in the NFL can be. Today he lost his job in the same fashion that he got it. It’s tough but if you don’t perform well you won’t have a job for too long.
It also doesn’t matter how close to week 1 it is either.