‘In 2007, Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback David Garrard had a breakout season. He proved to be a solid leader and good decision-maker.

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The Jags liked his 2007 performance so much that they inked him to a six-year, $60-million contract, with $20-million guaranteed.

The 2007 Season

Playing in a dozen games, the most he has in one season in his six-year NFL career, Garrard completed 64.0% of his passes going 208 of 325. He averaged a solid 7.7 YPC and accumulated a total of 2,509 yards in the air. He tossed 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions while posting a 102.2 quarterback rating.

In the playoffs, he led the team to a 9-3 upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the next game against the New England Patriots, which the Jags lost 20-31, he earned a QB rating of 100.3, throwing for two touchdowns and completing 66.7% of his passes. He also tossed one pick in that game. It was a solid, all-around year for Garrard who has spent his entire NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Fit

Garrard looks to be a fine fit for the conservation Jag offense. The run-based, short pass scoring game utilized two primary rushers last season. The primary running backs were 32-year old Fred Taylor, who has put in two stellar back-to-back seasons, and third-year man Maurice Jones-Drew. Taylor rushed for over a thousand yards, crossing the goal line five times. Jones-Drew had nine rushing touchdowns and accumulated 768 yards. He also had a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown in 2007.

In this mix, Garrard offers an excellent touch on short and medium range passes. He’s got good field vision and tends to stay within himself. He won’t force the issue or try to make foolish passes. His knock is his mobility and ability to get rid of the ball as last season he was sacked 21 times. Hopefully, he’ll become more adept at dumping passes rather than taking sacks.

The 2008 Season

Jacksonville has a good shot at the playoffs once again. They are one of the top teams in the AFC South, and if they can finally beat the Indianapolis Colts consistently, they could win their division. The Jags will not out gun Peyton Manning and company, but they could outplay them on defense. If their offense can mount a steady ground attack versus the Colts that is underpinned by Garrard’s passing accuracy and leadership, they’ll have a chance at dethroning the longtime AFC South champs.

A 12-4 regular-season record and another Wild Card spot in the post-season is certainly in this team’s future. A division title is possible but not probable. The Jaguars are hoping that they’ve found the quarterback who can do exactly what they need to do to get to the Super Bowl and win it.

Paul mroczka
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