In a bit of a bitter nugget from the David Garrard fiasco, Al Irby, David Garrard's agent called the Jaguars a sorry organization for allegedly letting Garrard go while having prior knowledge of his injury (Which is comparable to sneaking out of a restaurant without paying the bill). David Garrard was the starting QB of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007 to 2010 and he was surprisingly released by the team on the Tuesday before the regular season started. Garrard was a QB that the Oakland Raiders pursued after losing Jason Campbell for a significant amount of time due to injury on Sunday. All of a sudden, Garrard states that he needs immediate back surgery and this is where the story gets interesting…
August 4, 2011- Garrard Suffers Back Injury
"Garrard suffered a back injury during practice on Thursday night when he was knocked down during 11-on-11 drills."
David Garrard went down during a practice with a back injury after an offensive lineman was pushed into him during a practice. The Jaguars decided to play it safe and start Blaine Gabbert in the August 11th preseason opener at New England.
August 19, 2011- Garrard's Preseason Debut
Garrard went 7 of 12 for 99 yards and 1 INT against the Atlanta Falcons. That interception was a horribly overthrown ball that was easily picked off by Brent Grimes. Either way you looked at it, something was off.
September 1, 2011- Garrard's Finale
In Garrard's final game against the St. Louis Rams, he went 1/5 in two drives and he was flattened by the Rams defensive line, getting hit at least 3 or 4 times. He clearly looked like he was in pain as he was being helped up by his linemen.
September 6, 2011- Garrard is Released
“Thank you jaguar fans for an awesome ride!,” Garrard said on Twitter. "You are the best fans ever. You’ll always have a special place in my heart and my family’s heart!”
“He was very surprised,” said Albert Irby, Garrard’s agent. “This is a little bit of a shock to everybody. Our job is to move on. … Been assured that the job was his this year. That’s why we’re all shocked, and so was he. This had to be a last-minute decision. That’s the only thing I can say.”
The move was obviously a shock to everyone in the football world, but everyone including Garrard and his agent seem pretty neutral at this point. It makes you wonder what happened since then.
October 9, 2011- Garrard Shirks Offer to Join Miami Dolphins
"Hey, I'm working out and I'm throwing to (former tight end) Kyle Brady," Garrard said. "He wanted to lose a few (pounds) and he's running all the routes for me from wide receiver and tight end positions. People ask me about my back problems. My back is fine. In fact, once I got into camp (with the Jaguars), my back stopped bothering me.
"Here's the bottom line: I'm staying in shape. I'm taking care of my body, my legs, my arm — I'm having regular massage treatments. I'm ready to play. I'm ready for the right opportunity. This (with the Dolphins) just isn't the right opportunity."
Whoops, I guess Mr. Irby forgot to mention that. Garrard claimed that his back is fine when he was trying out for the Miami Dolphins.Looks like his claim is starting to fall apart.
“At $500,000 per game, they knew he would be down 4-6 weeks. They didn’t want to pay that bill,” Irby wrote to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. “Now you know the difference between a first-class organization like Indy, and a sorry organization like the Jags. Indy gave their QB a contract even though he couldn’t play all season."
It seems pretty obivious that Mr. Irby is pretty bitter about the situation. Garrard claimed that he was doing just fine a week ago and all of a sudden he needs back surgery. How is the Jaguars organization supposed to know about all of that? By the way, Peyton Manning, who is arguably the best QB in the league received a contract before he was considered out for most of the year. David Garrard, an average QB in almost every sense, was paid handsomely (6 years, $60 million) during his tenure despite having only one good year of play. That is a BIG Difference.
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