David Garrard silenced his critics with a masterful game against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday. However, ever since he led the team to the playoffs in his first full season as a starter in 2007 he has not done much. In a what-have-you-done-lately world, the end could be near for the former East Carolina quarterback.
Garrard has been in the league since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2002. He played in a number of games before starting an AFC Wildcard game against the New England Patriots during the 2005 season. While he was inconsistent, the team felt he was better than Byron Leftwich and made him their number one quarterback prior to the start of the 2007 season.
All seemed to be well that first season. He led the team back to the playoffs and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round. His numbers were not huge, but he was an effective leader. He rarely turned the ball over, throwing only three interceptions.
Jacksonville thought high enough of him that they signed him to a six-year contract extension for $60 million.
Since then, Garrard has been rather pedestrian. After posting a QB rating over 100 in 2007 he has been in the low 80s ever since throwing almost as many interceptions as touchdowns. If he was at least winning games it could be excused, but he is not. In 2008 the team posted a 5-11 record and in 2009 they were 7-9.
They had begun the 2010 season in rather poor fashion going 1-2 with a strong win in week one followed by two embarrassing losses before defeating the Indianapolis Colts last week.
If the team was to return to its losing ways it would not be surprising to see newly acquired quarterback Trent Edwards given a shot. Edwards does not have the best track record either, but he did play for a Buffalo team that was lacking in talent and focus. However, he has shown an ability to spread the ball around, something the Jaguars haven't done since Mark Brunell left.
Should Garrard not get it done against Edwards’s old team, the Buffalo Bills, on Sunday it would not be surprising to see Edwards get a chance.