Jaguars insist Garrard release was not about money

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The Jaguars say David Garrard’s huge salary wasn’t a factor in his release.  Coach Jack Del Rio simply said that Luke McCown was the best quarterback in camp.

“We’re going in as strong as we can with the best guy playing,” Del Rio said at a press conference Tuesday, calling the decision “pure football.”

That guy was taking third-team reps for a chunk of training camp, although he got more work when Garrard was hurt early in camp. Rookie Blaine Gabbert’s struggles in the preseason allowed McCown to leapfrog both players in front of him.  Del Rio seemed to say that Garrard lost the job more than anything.

“[Garrard] just wasn’t able to get it going this preseason. He even admitted that when we talked today,” Del Rio said.

The Jaguars didn’t give Garrard the option to take a pay cut. Del Rio essentially rolled the dice and went all in on McCown and Gabbert.

The Jaguars have essentially admitted they made a mistake by giving Garrard huge money after the 2007 season.  He got the money of a franchise quarterback and never rose above average. Now the team is starting over from scratch, with more quarterback questions to come with McCown at the helm.

“The way I look at it, our starter is our starter until he’s not,” Del Rio said. “To do it another way creates a circus atmosphere.”

95 responses to “Jaguars insist Garrard release was not about money

  1. I hope Jags fans raise a stink. This is no way to treat the team or the fans who support them with their time and money.

  2. I don’t know, Jack, I’d say cutting your starting quarterback days before the season opener might also create a “circus atmosphere.”

    Good luck with that locker room!

  3. “The way I look at it, our starter is our starter until he’s not,” Del Rio said. “To do it another way creates a circus atmosphere.”

    I agree with this sentiment. I’d much rather have teams do what they must without creating a ruckus about everything. If the skins had released mcnabb instead of benching him midway through the season, the skins could have erased a lot of drama.

  4. Uhh………”we don’t want to create a circus atmosphere”? Hmmm…..I think you did that Jack when you cut your starting QB several days before your opener!!

  5. Releasing Garrard based on preseason is stupid. You know what kind of player he is – hes not a rookie.

    If you have to insist its not about money, then it most definitely is all about money.

    It was just classless that they kept him all preseason. Better to let him go in July and give him time to find another spot to start.

  6. I don’t see what the big deal is, McCown is a great QB and a proven winner. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go reload my bong.

  7. “The way I look at it, our starter is our starter until he’s not,” Del Rio said. “To do it another way creates a circus atmosphere.”
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    So leaping up 6 spots to grab a QB that was falling down the draftboard while sitting there professing that ur starting QB’s job was safe wasn’t creating a cricus atmosphere. Announcing ur starting QB for the season almost three weeks ago and then dumping him less than a week before the start of a season isn’t creating a circus atmosphere.

    Someone needs to inform Del Rio what a circus atmosphere really is cause he doesn’t seem to realize that he is in the center of one.

  8. I could care less about Gerrard or the Jags, but seriously? Garrard is not half bad. Sure, he won’t bring in a Lombardi trophy, but he was far and away the best QB on that team. If Del Rio really thinks McCown and Gabbert are better, he has completely lost it.

  9. “[Garrard] just wasn’t able to get it going this preseason. He even admitted that when we talked today,” Del Rio said…”Then he hugged me and thanked me for getting him out of this hell hole.”

  10. McCown was obviously the best QB on the team. That’s why he was 3rd string throughout the preseason. That’s going to pay off dividends come regular season, lol.

    I guess this was Del Rio’s way of making sure the Jags game is blackedout this weak.

  11. I’d say this is a pretty big indictment on what the coaches and especially front office management expect for the year.

    If you think you’re going to lose, better to lose with cheap guys on the roster than an $8 Million QB. Those millions you just cut will flow directly to the bottom line since the suckers – I mean fans in Jacksonville already ponied up the cash for season tickets. Yeah, you’ll lose some of the single game tickets that haven’t already been bought but I’d be surprised if those losses are going to add up to $8 Million at this point.

    And there’s always the outside chance (against all previous evidence) that McCown is really the best quarterback you have and you’ll win some games with him…

    I feel bad for Garrard but I feel worse for Jacksonville fans. You just got had.

  12. That is really crappy, Del Rio.

    At least give the guy the respect of saying “It was a business decision” as opposed to saying basically “Eh…Josh or Luke or Dave or Larry or whichever the hell McCown we’re going with is better than David.”

    That’s insulting.

  13. as crazy as it sounds, Jags fans have been calling for the release of Garrard for the last 2 years. the team just did it… there actually might be a SPIKE in ticket sales now LOL

  14. Garrard brought it on himself. He lamed out half the training camp with a mysterious “bad back”, sucked big ones the rest of the time, then blithely said he “didn’t the grind” of pre season to be ready to play. The fans were sick of him, his teammates were sick of him (was not voted a captain this year), and finally management and ownership was sick of him.

  15. I thought Garrard was always fairly efficient, but not explosive… In today’s NFL you’ve got to have star power, be able to throw a perfect ball for a long score regularly, or you just can’t cut it. There are only 10-15 of those guys around, so I have to support their decision to save huge money by dumping the guy. I do think they ought to go out and spend that money on a couple decent WRs and defenders though–that would show this was not about the money… mydailyff.com

  16. Gabbert, or even McCown, will sell more tickets than Garrard would have. He was pedestrian on the field and had the personality of a toad. The team was in a funk and Garrard was doing nothing to alleviate the feeling.

  17. Who’s gonna pick him up? Redskins, 49ers, seahawks, miami, oakland, or the bills? He’d be an istant upgrade in most of those places.

  18. I live in Jax and have watched every pre-season game this yr. Garrard was awful. He has been mediocre for the last couple years. It was only a matter of time and it has caused much excitement in the city.

    This is also a good move to fill the stadium. We were looking down the barrel of the same thing trotted out on the field again this year. I can’t tell you how much happier I am with anyone than Garrard.
    Luke McCown looked good during the pre season, albeit against 2nd string. Jags will be fine. He would have taken Garrard’s job last year if he didn’t get injured.

    Like most posts you morons make who don’t live in the city where the story takes place you don’t really have any idea what goes on there. The Jaguars fan base has been waiting for this since they canned Leftwich.

  19. That is all a part of a plan to get this team to LA.

    Cut your QB, suck this year, relocate.

    33% complete and counting…

  20. Vet min. Go gettem for 1 year. Let Jim find out what it is like playing for a real team with a great front office and a supportive owner. Somewhere Paul tagliabitch is mumbling under his breath about building another museum. Jax was his prime choice with charlotte. That worked out real well now hasn’t it. Meanwhile back in bmore we have been sold out since 1996.

  21. Way to give him no time to compete for another team. Maybe he could of had a chance to play for the Colts or something. Pretty low level way of doing things when you havent won a thing.

  22. should’ve taken someone to compliment alualu on your d line instead of gabbert, because jacksonville you just entered the andrew luck sweepstakes. at least you’ll have an extra 8 mill kickin around to pay two first round ball throwers

  23. i guess this is why del rio hasnt been fired yet…he is willing to tote the company line and lie straight to the medias faces just to make the cheap owners happy…

    i dont blame him though, i would (and have)have done the same thing

  24. “The way I look at it, our starter is our starter until he’s not,” Del Rio said.

    WTF???????

    Who’s running this team, Yogi Berra?

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    “To do it another way creates a circus atmosphere.”

    Unlike, say, dumping your starting quarterback days before the season starts, right Jack?

    It takes a clown to know a circus, I’d say.

  25. ya can have him on your team…real jaguars fans dont want him (all 46000 of us) p.s texans are garbage, aka paper champs, win one playoff game and then talk..

  26. This worked so well for Ken Whisenhunt and the Cardinals last season……Only difference is, Whisenhunt had a recent Super Bowl appearance on his resume that allowed him to flush the season and still keep his job, and he went out and addressed the problem with Kolb in the offseason……doesn’t seem like Del Rio has the get-out-of-jail-free card if McCown fails and Gabbert can’t save the day, which is the most likely scenario…..

  27. Jags fans are actually celebrating this move. I don’t know why people keep saying they’re pissed. Jags fans HATED Garrard and wanted him gone sooner LOL.

  28. I’d say this is a pretty big indictment on what the coaches and especially front office management expect for the year.

    If you think you’re going to lose, better to lose with cheap guys on the roster than an $8 Million QB. Those millions you just cut will flow directly to the bottom line since the suckers – I mean fans in Jacksonville already ponied up the cash for season tickets. Yeah, you’ll lose some of the single game tickets that haven’t already been bought but I’d be surprised if those losses are going to add up to $8 Million at this point.

    And there’s always the outside chance (against all previous evidence) that McCown is really the best quarterback you have and you’ll win some games with him…

    I feel bad for Garrard but I feel worse for Jacksonville fans. You just got had.

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    hahahahahahhahhaha dudeee why the hell are you talking, your team/city is the laughingstock of the NFL, you went 0-16 just few years back, hahaha you have no right to be talking about anything that involves professional football

  29. So funny, the Jags finally draft their franchise QB and they are crucified when they let go of the underperforming vet who was outplayed in preseason by both the backup and the rookie.

    Its easy to see from the hate and the trolls that the rebuilding project started in 09 has gone on completely unnoticed. That’s cool. What did you geniuses think would happen to Garrard when they drafted Gabbert 10th overall? Just a matter of time. Was the timing great, No? Does it matter? No. McCown is better right now, and Gabbert will be in when he is ready.

    Meanwhile to undo some of the other lies on this site – the stadium will NOT be blacked out sunday, there will be 60K+ in the stands. The team will NOT move to LA ever, allthough it has been reported as imminent since 2008. The team WILL compete for the playoffs just like 06, 07, 09, 10 with a much improved defense. Remember the prediction, I’m not going anywhere.

  30. To blackandteal for real. I’m one of those morons who don’t live in Jacksonville so maybe I don’t have any idea what the real story is but with all the black outs in Jacksonville I’m not sure you do either.

  31. According to the reports coming out of the locker room, none of the players are too upset to see Garrard go. That is ultimately what it came down to. The players in the room decide who “the guy” is. Del Rio talked to ten of them before he came to the final decision.

  32. Good thing they got rid of the hatchet in the locker room because it’d probably end up in Del Rio’s skull

  33. mikesvikes says:
    Sep 6, 2011 5:55 PM
    Who’s gonna pick him up? Redskins, 49ers, seahawks, miami, oakland, or the bills? He’d be an istant upgrade in most of those places.
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    You’re drinking bong water if you think Garrard is better than Fitzpatrick for the Bills.

  34. Gerrard and his agent should wait a few weeks before making a decision. Gerrard would then be available to a team that might need a starter due to injury. Certain NFL teams would have a few weeks to look at QB’s that may not be meeting expectations.

  35. TAMPA — If you want to see the Buccaneers Week 1 against the Lions, you better wither have Sunday NFL Ticket, or have an actual physical ticket itself.

    The Buccaneers home and season opener against the Detroit Lions and it’s “nearly impossible” for the Bucs to sell the 15,000 tickets left to qualify for a sell out.

    This comes as no surprise as it has been long reported and speculated that Bucs games would be blacked out this season, but like it felt after the Lockout eventually happened, it sucks to hear. According to Bucs’ officials, none of their 2011 home games have been deemed a ‘sellout’ and the likely hood (however sad and depressing it is) that the entire Bucs home schedule will be blacked out is a real possibility now.

  36. They’re hoping the Bengals will change their mind and trade idiot #9 to them. Cincy will take a #2 and Marcedes Lewis and you can have him.

  37. St. Louis Rams do not expect a blackout for season opener

    .You can still buy tickets for the St. Louis Rams home game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, as the splash page on the Rams’ web site reminds you. Available tickets conjure visions of empty sections and home game blackouts for Rams fans, but a blackout looks unlikely for the season opener.

    Asked about the possibility of a blackout for this week’s game, the Rams front office told TST that they expected no problems avoiding the blackout

  38. The blackout blues will be back this season for some NFL fans.
    At least 11 NFL teams could be facing TV blackouts in their home markets as the NFL fights through a downward trend in stadium attendance.

    A confluence of issues — including a still-struggling economy, the quality of the viewing experience in fans’ homes and sustained poor performance among some teams — have come together to keep some teams off local TV.

    NFL rules require that games be blacked out in the home market if it is not sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff. The league had 22 games (8.6% of the regular season) blacked out last year, a five-year high. And the forecast for the new season is already gloomy in many markets.

  39. … yet they’re starting a guy now who has been nothing BUT the definition of inconsistent his entire career?

    Face it, the move makes sense, but don’t try to piss our legs and say it’s raining (although here in NY you could get away with that ALL WEEK). You’re saving $8M and exchanging one inconsistent QB for a cheaper, inconsistent QB, who is just a seat-warmer for Gabbert.

    I don’t see any reason to put out stories with headings like this when everyone knows the franchise is in trouble financially and any savings they can make are justified.

    Particularly when you’re not getting the bang for your buck from Garrard. Nevertheless, whoever is at QB is going to struggle until they fix that line.

  40. 6thsense79 says:
    Sep 6, 2011 6:25 PM
    To blackandteal for real. I’m one of those morons who don’t live in Jacksonville so maybe I don’t have any idea what the real story is but with all the black outs in Jacksonville I’m not sure you do either.

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    Hey Moron, for the zillionth time, the Jags had ZERO blackouts last year. And just for the record, Luke McCown is clearly the best QB in Jax right now. You’ll see on Sunday, dipsh!t.

  41. This pretty much confirms that the Jags are moving to LA and that ownership–on record as saying no playoffs=no Del Rio–want to enter the market with a “name” coach, since this pretty much guarantees no playoffs, even with a weakened Colts in the division.

  42. I feel for Del Rio. He’s going to loose his job because he was hired by a tight team with poor management. He’ll be a great defensive coordinator next season. Jax will still struggle.

  43. If you think an NFL owner is concerned about $7M, then you have an NFL IQ of zero. Average Joe has no concept of the scale of money that these teams are dealing with, therefore their ignorance trumps reason.

  44. Help me stop laughing. Not about money? You sent your best QB away for a group of nomads and it’s not about money…..? OK.

    Now it all makes sense, how there was a PR campaign to create a false QB competition.

  45. Are fans really hanging their hat on preseason performance. Call a spade a spade you cut because you paid like a franchise guy when he’s a middle of the road guy. But don’t say it’s because this preseason he didn’t catch on. And jag fans please do not start the Luke mccown hype machine because no one is buying it. He’s a guy who couldnt beat out b gradkowski in Tampa. Will the jags be awful, no but I wouldn’t expect too much

  46. It’s funny how I am just now hearing how Garrard struck so much fear into divisional opponents. Saved Colts season, that’s funny. Heck Garrard may end up on Colts. He was cut because he is no good. He got beat out by Luke McCown. They gave him every opportunity to win the job. And as far as the fans are concerned, I’m sure they have eyes. McCown outperformed Garrard, plain and simple.

  47. The posters on here don’t know what they are talking about when they mention move will affect ticket sales. People wanted him gone long ago, delRio gone too and Gene Smith gone for that matter. This move will increase sales and Jags will probably continue their lifted blackout streak. Fans will at least be excited to see a qb throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field.

  48. I just read that the Jags sold 1,300 tickets 90 minutes after announcing they cut David Garrard…. WOW… I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that but obviously… Jax hates them some David Garrard.

  49. While Garrard is one of those guys just good enough you are always trying to replace him…he’s still good enough to make that hard. Sad that Jax screwed him over this bad; if they were that sure it was time to move on they should have cut him loose as soon as the lockout was over and given him a solid chance elsewhere. The 2011 season is pretty close to history for him now…

    Classless move by Jacksonville.

  50. I hope the jaguars fire del rio right after all the other nfl teams have hired coaches so he can taste some of his own medicine.

  51. Is it just me, or are there a somewhat disturbing number of NFL management teams that don’t seem to know what the hell they’re doing? I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen so many teams that are messes in key positions (espc. QB), with shaky/ill-timed/flip-flopping decisions left and right.

    The alternative explanation is intentional sabotage (which Gregg Easterbrook has intriguingly written about), which makes sense to a point, but this degree of it seems nutty.

  52. Meanwhile top 10 pick Blaine Gabbert is still behind journeymen backup Luke McCowen.

    New Flash! Gabbert is trash and the Jags have no direction or identity. They are the most irrelevant team in the NFL and play in one of the most irrelevant cities in America.

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