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Garrard blames himself, Del Rio regrets timing of decision

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A day after the Jacksonville Jaguars made the surprising decision to cut starting quarterback David Garrard, coach Jack Del Rio said he knows the way the team handled it wasn’t perfect. But Garrard wasn’t pointing fingers at anyone other than himself.

The timing was not ideal,” Del Rio told reporters today. “I would have preferred it gone down differently, but you take things as you have to.”

To say the timing was not ideal is an understatement: The Jaguars spent all of training camp and the preseason giving Garrard the bulk of the work with the first-string offense, and now they’re throwing Luke McCown out there for Sunday’s opener against the Titans with less than a week to prepare.

But Garrard is declining to pile on, saying he looks at his own poor performance in practice and the preseason as the reason he’s currently out of a job.

“I have nobody to blame but myself,” Garrard told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

That’s a stand-up attitude from Garrard. But if the Jaguars’ offense stinks up the joint on Sunday, Jaguars fans won’t just be blaming Garrard. They’ll be blaming Del Rio and the Jaguars’ front office, too.

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  1. thegame1479 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:05 PM

    IF the Jags offense stinks on Sunday????

  2. junobeach44 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:09 PM

    Garrard is saying the right things to land quickly with another team. Goodell wants to take the headshots out of football but what about these low blows.

  3. tampajoey says: Sep 7, 2011 4:10 PM

    The stench coming out of Jacksonville wasn’t coming from Garrard.

  4. rayvens says: Sep 7, 2011 4:10 PM

    Seems like MJD shouldve been more worried about his own QB..Cutler made it to the NFC championship, Garrard cant make it pass the preseason.

  5. americankris says: Sep 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    Jags cut him at this time so the colts couldnt get him

  6. FinFan68 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:12 PM

    Garrard may not be a great QB but he is a class act. Jags did him dirty. They did not all of a sudden decide to can him after lunch. They should have notified him earlier and dealt with the ramifications at their functions throughout the day.

  7. firejackdelrionow says: Sep 7, 2011 4:13 PM

    Please get rid of this clown of a coach!!!!

  8. lloydcarr1997 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:13 PM

    The only thing that could save there season is if they played in the NFC West

  9. zoxitic says: Sep 7, 2011 4:14 PM

    Stop saying Del Rio. Name the person responsible for the decision.

    Gene Smith.

    Please act like you have some knowledge.

  10. tonyinjax says: Sep 7, 2011 4:14 PM

    As a Jags fan, take this for what it’s worth, but this is one of the few times this offseason that he hasn’t blamed a WR/OL/RB on his performance.

    I wish him well in Seattle.

  11. steelernationlolzatyouremptytrophycase6 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:15 PM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  12. willysantos says: Sep 7, 2011 4:16 PM

    Jax made the right move. They will now win the division with Garrard gone and reach their full potential.

  13. readysethike says: Sep 7, 2011 4:16 PM

    back up Kolb in Arizona

  14. r8rsfan says: Sep 7, 2011 4:16 PM

    He’s not Tiki, Garrard can still play and has the type of attitude coaches look for. I predict he’s on an NFL roster within the next 2 weeks tops.

  15. ricardoheinze says: Sep 7, 2011 4:19 PM

    Come play for the Colts week one.

  16. jacunn2000 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:21 PM

    Class Garrard.. DelRio, not so much.

  17. sieg1234 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:22 PM

    Im pretty sure everyone in the world, including those 12 Jag fans, knew that their offense (esp passing game) was going to be brutal with or without Garrard. Therefore no matter how you slice it, it was a great decision to cut Garrard and save the 8 mill…glad Garrard is being a man about it though.

  18. medtxpack says: Sep 7, 2011 4:24 PM

    i cant but feel bad for Garrard…

  19. 1eyeddog says: Sep 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    Garrard is only an average QB. But he’s a stand up, classy, top-notch guy. If every player had his attitude the sport would be much better. In a league overflowing with arrests, dog fighting, domestic abuse, gun wielding, drunk-driving, smack-talking, drug using, and image-is-everything attitudes, it’s really nice to see a guy like this in the league. I wish him the best where ever he lands – you stay classy, David!

  20. jagsdaddy says: Sep 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    If Luke McCown plays well and the Jags win on Sunday, all will be forgiven.

    David Garrard is a decent QB, but he had 4 seasons as a starter to show his stuff.

    Gabbert should be ready to go by Week 5 vs. the Bungles @ home.

  21. osnap305 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:26 PM

    Jack Del Rio is a greasy scumbag who I wouldn’t trust with my children.

  22. fissels says: Sep 7, 2011 4:26 PM

    It’s refreshing to hear humility out of a player for a change. I wish Garrard well

  23. arsement says: Sep 7, 2011 4:28 PM

    Great attitude. Would be very easy to point fingers here and I commend Garrard.

  24. snowpea84 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:29 PM

    This is what happens when you spend a high pick on a QB. You make sure the road is paved. Vikings are doingthe same thing by making McNabb their QB.

  25. ryanclark25 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:29 PM

    performance aside, seems like a stand up guy, got the right attitude, hope this motivates him and he can catch on and start elsewhere.

  26. jdandcoke says: Sep 7, 2011 4:31 PM

    yup….garrard is one serious stand-up dude. id love to have him as the giants back-up. poor practices or not, the guy can still be a servicable QB, especially in the back-up role.

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:31 PM

    Garrard is a class guy anyway, so you knew he wasn’t going to lash out.

  28. joegibbsisking says: Sep 7, 2011 4:31 PM

    David Garrard has always been a class act. Hopefully a team will give him a roster spot at some point this season. He deserves one

  29. beckzhere says: Sep 7, 2011 4:32 PM

    That attitude will assure him a job very soon, at the very least a back-up role. He is far superior to the 2 jokers in Washington. I would LOVE to have him backing Matty Ice!

  30. marvsleezy says: Sep 7, 2011 4:32 PM

    Between the Jags and Seattle, what happens if they both go 0-16 – Who gets Andrew Luck then? (tie breakers, I Know)

    But if these 2 teams keep this up, there will be some sort of lottery for the first pick in the future.

    Mark my words.

  31. regisphilbin says: Sep 7, 2011 4:35 PM

    I’m sick of this “stand up” guy label. Was he “stand up” when he was calling out his WR/OL after he stunk up the joint? There was a reason he was getting killed against the Rams… and Luke was protected just fine. The team gave up on this bum 2 years after most of the fans.

    Good luck Pal….

  32. robigd says: Sep 7, 2011 4:36 PM

    @sieg1234,

    If you feel a need to post, you must be one of the 12.

    What is with this “being a man” about it crap? What else is he going to do? Throw chairs and beat his chest in anger because he was really his twin brother out there stinkin’ the stadium up the past 3 years?

    He took it “like a man”, because there is no other way to take it.

  33. corsair28 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:36 PM

    Wish him well wherever he goes. I can hear a certain coach in DC calling LOL

  34. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 7, 2011 4:37 PM

    Come to think of it, I think the L.A. Jaguars sounds cooler than L.A. Vikings

  35. nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 7, 2011 4:38 PM

    Let it go. He’s gone. Was it bad timing? Yeah, but as good of a guy Garrard was he wasn’t going to get this team to the next level. Even though I believe Garrard was the best option right now, this type of foolishness is the reason Del Rio needs to go. A mediocre coach of a mediocre team of a mediocre franchise. At some point you gotta give Jaguar fan something.

  36. regisphilbin says: Sep 7, 2011 4:39 PM

    To all you guys that think we held onto him so the colts couldnt….. David knows 6 plays and may have audibled about a dozen times. I have a hard time thinking he could learn another playbook to actually play this year considering he’s just above Uncle Rico/TP$.

  37. 3yardsndust says: Sep 7, 2011 4:40 PM

    On behalf of everyone who ever got screwed out of a job in a back work environment, I say, keep your head up, David. You can’t control what happens to you in this life, but you can control how you respond. Things will turn around.

  38. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 7, 2011 4:41 PM

    Garrard, like Kyle Orton, is a consummate professional. Despite being disrespected by his organization and living on borrowed time, he never complained, showed up to work everyday and went about his business like a pro.

    Garrard was the LAST thing wrong with Jacksonville – name one of his WRs without looking it up.

    Unlike the passive aggressive McNabb or the tantrum-hurling VY, Garrard is a class act and deserves a shot somewhere else.

  39. kenboslice says: Sep 7, 2011 4:41 PM

    What is with this Del Rio hate? If you watched the news conference, he was clearly torn up over the decision. It was written all over his face.

    As far as the luncheon, if they had cut him before then, the luncheon would of looked like a celebration of the decision to start McCowan. Gene and Jack sat down with David and gave him the news like men.

    People forget there were no OTA’s or minicamps this year. All they had were a couple weeks of training camp and the preseason to evaluate David and compare him to Luke and Blaine. They clearly didn’t want to rush the decision, and let it play out all preseason. Should they have paid him the 8 million and then cut him? No, they made a business decison, and that is the way of the NFL.

  40. mhalt99 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:53 PM

    David Garrard is the anti-Tiki. Not only will he find a QB job for the next few years (possible starter than backup) he will find a job as a Running Back before Tiki.

    This is the kind of nfl player that should be on a morning show….though with Garrard he seems like he would play as long as possible and then turn down any offer to coach.

    Good luck DG, wish there were more class acts like you around.

  41. kylexitron says: Sep 7, 2011 4:55 PM

    first step towards jacksonville relocating to a city where people might actually go watch them play.

    They should leave their hiddeous logos and unis behind too.

  42. ezwriter69 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:55 PM

    Not to channel Iverson, but practice? We talkin’ bout practice? When the man has how many years of work, all for this team? C’mon, you know who and what he is, if you didn’t want him any more you owed it to him to cut him the first day the lockout was settled at the latest. And now you’re looking us all in the eyeball and lying to us like this, thinking we’re dumb enough to buy it?
    No class, Jax, no class at all, Jack.

  43. Soulman45 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:58 PM

    Garrard is doing a great job of keeping his mouth close and let the people do the talking.
    The fans know what happen or they think they know.

  44. blackandtealforeal says: Sep 7, 2011 5:00 PM

    Garrard is a rich man for that short post season success he had in the 2007 season.
    I for one am glad he is gone. If I had the $ I would have rushed out of the season tickets.

    Nice guy, but worthy of the starting job and always melting down when we needed him the most.

    If he would have been my employee he would have been let go long ago. Get over it. Most of the Jaguars fans have, except those who can’t see the field like Garrard either.

    Sign Captain Checkdown (Garrard, if you weren’t paying attention) to your team for a couple years and you’ll be happy with anyone else at the helm. The rookie will start by week 5 or 6. Probably sooner and better for Jax.

  45. stew48 says: Sep 7, 2011 5:01 PM

    Let’s see here. Garrard has made quite a bit of money so far. He still has a good chance to land someplace else, maybe even earn a start. His health seems good; he says his play explains the Jags actions. Many comment he is a swell guy. The management decides he just isn’t the answer so he gets the ax. Many writers I’ve read prior to his release agreed with that decision about his talent. Maybe elsewhere, he will fit. So, there is really absolutely nothing wrong or degrading about how he was released. Or, is he “entitled” because a media-type thinks so? On top of that, the new starter does not have “less than a week”; he’s been there. I’ve lived long enough to be criticized a lot, but thank goodness not by the media! At least, not yet.

  46. omegaichiban says: Sep 7, 2011 5:02 PM

    since they are going to fire him anyway, he should have said ” This was not my decision, I don’t agree with it, but we are letting D. Garrard go”

  47. tformation says: Sep 7, 2011 5:02 PM

    Hey McNabb! Vince Young! Are you watching this? THIS is how you get respect from fans. Not by whining your head off. By being a man.

    Much respect to Garrard.

  48. 1liondriven says: Sep 7, 2011 5:03 PM

    There is more to life than being a quarterback…and from everything I have heard about David, he is a solid stand up guy.

    David I salute you…Best of luck you.

  49. golonger says: Sep 7, 2011 5:11 PM

    ..i think he was paid off by the LA Stadium Authority!

  50. play4blood says: Sep 7, 2011 5:14 PM

    Class act, Garrard is. I would gladly take him in Oakland over Boller/Pryor.

  51. favreforever says: Sep 7, 2011 5:17 PM

    Myeeh…..Garrard choked when Gabbert came to camp. Nothing more or less than that.

  52. origjagfan says: Sep 7, 2011 5:19 PM

    Am one of the 12..Been to every home game in Jags history. Seen every game.. jags did not treat him as badly as he treated them. $45mil for 3 years of very mediocre QB play.. He’s doing OK.. Hope one of your teams get very classy and very, very below average QB..

  53. skoobyfl says: Sep 7, 2011 5:29 PM

    POZ will rise up & cover any WR that dares enter his area, LOL. The Jags are literally the new Buffalo Bills.

  54. choisbois says: Sep 7, 2011 5:31 PM

    Best for both parties. The timing never would have been perfect.

  55. ebaileymershon says: Sep 7, 2011 5:36 PM

    Best of Luck to David. It was not for lack of effort.

    The Jags will be no better or no worse. Del Rio talks the talk, but cannot deliver. He was always an over achiever in the college and pros,who never played on nor coached on a championship team. He leads the league in assistant coach turnover. Either he does not have nor can communicate the strategies to win. Atlanta’s done pretty well with the former Jags defensive coordinator as head coach. It starts at the top, Weaver will not eat Del Rio’s salary. When Del Rio’s salary is not guaranteed he’ll be with Garrard.

  56. Deb says: Sep 7, 2011 5:51 PM

    Garrard is handling this like the class act he’s always been. Hope he lands another opportunity. And it’s not fair to blame Del Rio for the timing. I’m pretty sure a decision like this at this time had to come from above him.

    ***************
    rayvens says:

    Seems like MJD shouldve been more worried about his own QB.

    ———————————————–
    Don’t agree with your knock on Garrard, but absolutely agree with your hit on MJD. Yes, instead of running his Twitter on things he knew nothing about in Chicago, he should have been more focused on his own team. Chicago was in the championship game. Where was Jacksonville?

  57. thelonious says: Sep 7, 2011 6:02 PM

    This was a no-win situation for everyone.

    David, as classy and tough a guy as he is (and he’s a warrior) just isn’t more than a mediocre QB. No matter how much offensive talent this team drafts, if you don’t have the right guy at the helm, you’re whole team is never going to be better than average.

    They drafted Gabbert to be the future of this franchise. But then something lousy happened: the lockout. Trust me, if they had been able to bring this kid in for mini-camps, OTAs and a normal training camp cycle, he would be the starter right now. But, they couldn’t, and they’re not going to risk their investment by throwing him out there yet. But they are getting him ready.

    Their first five games look like this: vs Tennessee, @ NY Jets, @ Carolina, vs New Orleans, vs Cincinnati. With McCown (who had a decent pre-season), there’s maybe three winnable games in that five. I’m expecting to see Gabbert starting by the Cincy game, or shortly after, based on the team’s record.

    The Jaguars are a team in a small market that has to watch every dollar. If they kept Garrard and played the way they have been since his “good” year, they’d continue to shed fans and suffer through more blackouts. By cutting ties with him now, they save the $8 million salary, make things interesting to start the season, and give the town something to anticipate – their new first-round QB. Garrard can move on to the next job; he’s made some nice cash with the Jaguars, so he’s not broke.

    As for Del Rio, the timing of this thing wasn’t his complete decision, and not his “fault.” Based on what I’m reading and hearing, Garrard was given one last shot, Monday’s practice, to give the team a reason to keep him going forward. He couldn’t pull it off.

    The band-aids have been ripped off. I’m putting some Neosporin on my season-ticket owner’s wound and looking forward to seeing the franchise QB make his move.

  58. goatcheez says: Sep 7, 2011 6:27 PM

    This was the same reaction when Del Rio cut Byron Leftwich and promoted Garrard in 2007. Everyone scolded their decision. Then when the Jags went on a roll and upset Pittsburgh in the playoffs everyone called them great risk takers and applauded their bravery and the balls to make the move…

    No one will know if this was smart or a good move until the season concludes. Of course the timing is horrible, but it was then too but their words are they gave their starter every chance to show them he should keep his job and he failed… simple as that, Garrard has admitted as much.

  59. jackfnburton says: Sep 7, 2011 6:49 PM

    Wasn’t perfect? The way they handled it was perfectly awful. If they wanted to go in a different direction then that’s the team’s choice. But it seems like they might have been more forthright with Garrard and given him more time to land somewhere else this year. He’s an inconsistent passer but there are still places where he might have had a chance to start.

  60. greenbaypeckers says: Sep 7, 2011 7:03 PM

    Only way this could have been classier is if del rio had an axe and tree stump in the office when they gave him the news……chris hanson knows what I’m talking about.

  61. eaglelover1 says: Sep 7, 2011 7:11 PM

    I guess now that they have gotten rid of Garrard the Jags will go out and get some WR’s, and O-line that can pass block and some DB’s who can actually cover. Then who ever is under center will get all the credit for the team winning. Mediocre fans saying that a QB that AVG 3100 yards a year 18TD’s witout a TRUE WR to throw to deserve a 2-14 season. Matt jones was the leading WR for 2 of the 4 years that Garrard was the true starter. Then you have 5’8″ Mike Thomas leading the team last year ad then Mike Sims Walker. Ihope Garrard lands on the 49ers and wins a division Title and a playoff game this season.

  62. goatcheez says: Sep 7, 2011 7:19 PM

    What happens if Luke McCown goes out and wins Sunday and has a 100+ QB rating?

  63. jpietrefesa says: Sep 7, 2011 7:53 PM

    Much respect to Garrard for being a class act and saying the right things but man he’s gotta be clenching his teach when he says it.

    Jags have obviously quit on the season before the first game.

  64. xxspartanx109xx says: Sep 7, 2011 8:17 PM

    I’m not a Jags fan but I have A LOT of respect for David Garrard. I was amazed at the way he handled Blane Gabbert (letting him use his car and extending a hand of friendship) and now I read this and Garrard isn’t blaming the Jags he is blaming himself. I think David Garrard is one of the classiest guys in the NFL and t really sucks that the Jags did this to him.

    I wish him the best because he truely deserves it.

  65. emma333 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:17 PM

    I love all the experts commenting on the Jags…You know you don’t watch them EVER! It’s way cooler talking about the “dream team” etc… Let’s see how this plays out…In 2007 the bad decision that everyone dissed worked out pretty well. It is a different situation but let’s just wait…We all agree that the timing of the release was bad, and that David is a great guy…Other than that, stop talking about things that you don’t know!

  66. nflfan1326 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:22 PM

    It’s fitting that Garrard’s last regular season play with the Jaguars was an interception at his own 10 yard line thrown right to a Redskin in overtime on the day after Christmas last year. What a miserable throw.

  67. nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 7, 2011 8:24 PM

    eaglelover1 says:
    Sep 7, 2011 7:11 PM
    I guess now that they have gotten rid of Garrard the Jags will go out and get some WR’s, and O-line that can pass block and some DB’s who can actually cover. Then who ever is under center will get all the credit for the team winning. Mediocre fans saying that a QB that AVG 3100 yards a year 18TD’s witout a TRUE WR to throw to deserve a 2-14 season. Matt jones was the leading WR for 2 of the 4 years that Garrard was the true starter. Then you have 5’8″ Mike Thomas leading the team last year ad then Mike Sims Walker. Ihope Garrard lands on the 49ers and wins a division Title and a playoff game this season.
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    Hey I agree with most everything you say except the mediocre fan thing, but come on man you guys ran Donovan out of town and name ONE elite reciever besides Terrell Owens that you guys ever had. You had an elite QB, elite RB (westbrook) and you didn’t win the big one. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones dude. I’m just sayin’.

  68. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 7, 2011 8:33 PM

    Garrard is a millionaire, he’ll survive.

    Jags have a qb of the future.

    They’ll be alright too.

  69. eaglelover1 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:30 PM

    Sep 7, 2011 8:24 PM

    eaglelover1 says:
    Sep 7, 2011 7:11 PM
    I guess now that they have gotten rid of Garrard the Jags will go out and get some WR’s, and O-line that can pass block and some DB’s who can actually cover. Then who ever is under center will get all the credit for the team winning. Mediocre fans saying that a QB that AVG 3100 yards a year 18TD’s witout a TRUE WR to throw to deserve a 2-14 season. Matt jones was the leading WR for 2 of the 4 years that Garrard was the true starter. Then you have 5’8″ Mike Thomas leading the team last year ad then Mike Sims Walker. Ihope Garrard lands on the 49ers and wins a division Title and a playoff game this season.
    ————————————————-

    Hey I agree with most everything you say except the mediocre fan thing, but come on man you guys ran Donovan out of town and name ONE elite reciever besides Terrell Owens that you guys ever had. You had an elite QB, elite RB (westbrook) and you didn’t win the big one. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones dude. I’m just sayin’.
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    No a bunch of we want Kolb fans that don’t know jack about football wanted Mcnabb ran out of town…..Mcnabb was the greatest QB the Eagles have ever had but, never had a team around him to succeed and still managed to make it to NFC championship game 4 years straight. Trust me I feel for Garrard and the TRUE Jags fans that realize the problem was not the QB but the coach and FO that was keeping this team back.

  70. jagmania65 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:04 PM

    To say the timing was not ideal is an understatement: The Jaguars spent all of training camp and the preseason giving Garrard the bulk of the work with the first-string offense, and now they’re throwing Luke McCown out there for Sunday’s opener against the Titans with less than a week to prepare.

    ————————————-
    Or, the Jaguars gave David Garrard all preseason to show that he should stay the starter after they picked their QB of the future at #10. He got outplayed by McCown in the preseason, and in the first practice after the final cuts threw THREE interceptions. That was the final straw for Jack.

  71. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 7, 2011 11:13 PM

    does this mean the Jags will put up bigger tarps?

  72. mechajaguar says: Sep 7, 2011 11:15 PM

    Garrard is and has always been a nice guy and I have supported him, but a poor performance throughout training camp and the preseason is not a way to keep a starting job, especially when you have a Top 10 pick to replace him.

    Plus, despite his demeanor, most of my fellow Jaguar fans cannot stand having another year of Garrard starting at QB, not unlike McNabb’s situation in Philadelphia. The discontent had gone to the point where people were not buying tickets (Which leads us to the current ticket situation). It’s sad, but true.

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