The mantra out of Jacksonville this offseason has been that when it came to deciding whether or not to draft Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, owner Wayne Weaver was letting his football people make the football decisions.
But when it comes to the Jaguars’ incumbent quarterback, David Garrard, Weaver is getting involved more directly.
“He wants me to raise my game and everybody else’s game to a higher level,” Garrard said of Weaver’s challenge to him. “We all want to be great and we have to do more to be great. You can’t just do what the coaches ask of you.”
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio threw Garrard under the bus in an interview with Jim Rome in February, and Garrard said he took his coach’s comments as a challenge to play harder.
“I knew what he was doing,” Garrard said. “It didn’t make me hate him or dislike him. I did understand what he was saying. He was putting a challenge out there and that’s okay, I’m a man. You challenge me and I’m going to step up and do what I can to meet that challenge.”
Weaver and Del Rio have both made it clear that if Garrard doesn’t meet that challenge in 2010, it will be his last season as the Jaguars’ quarterback.