- "I think David is a young, talented football player that is really taking to the coaching that he is getting and developing. He's always had a good quick release, a good quick stroke. He's always had some escapability. I think what's happening right now is David is gaining new confidence. I think there is more certainty in terms of his ability to go through the progressions and make the decisions. He's always been a playmaker. When you watch him, he's always been capable of making plays with his feet and throwing the ball. I think he has become a little more accurate and a little more certain of where he's going to go with the ball. Again, he's a young player. There are many young players on our football team that is working hard at the process of being a good football player. We're going to continue to work this process. We believe he's got the ability to continue to develop and I think we all recognize that when we stay true to how we do things, the process itself, the preparation that it takes, the details, the attention to the details, and being able to execute and do things properly gives you a chance to be successful."--Jack Del Rio
At this point in the season, David Garrard is playing fantastic. He has just one turnover, which resulted from a fumble from an unblocked Broncos defensive end. He has no interceptions and very few "near" interceptions. Simply enough, Garrard has taken care of the football and has not put the team in any dire situations.
Although his efficient play has surprised many in Jacksonville, some of the enthusiasm needs to be tapered just a bit. Garrard, while playing well in his first three games, is probably not playing as well as his 100+ rating would indicate, not to say he is playing poorly in any way, however.
Where the precautionary measures for the excitement needs to come in, is that when Garrard played in the 2006 season, Garrard was solid in his first six games, before going down the drain. Garrard had a quarterback rating of over 80 in four out of the six games. It's not odd for a quarterback to come in early and put up good numbers, especially when he is not asked to do much. Garrard right now is being asked to manage the game. He's thrown the ball 30 times just once so far this season, and his rating was in the 80's and the Jaguars lost. That is not to say Garrard was the reason for the loss, it just seems when Garrard is asked to put the game on his shoulder (pun intended), his rating and completion percentage takes a considerable hit.
"He's had some playing time, some opportunity to gain some experience. I think certainly he learned from his experiences, both good and bad. I think the most impressive thing about it for me is the way he continued to work on his trade. He was a great teammate. He conducted himself and continues to conduct himself with great class and respect for his teammates, and working hard at the process of being a good football player, and so he continued to improve. Where a lot of guys would get impatient or upset or feel frustrated at not getting it the way they want it immediately, and act differently and it would then hinder their ability to develop. I think he's continued to do the right things, continued to be a good teammate, continued to work hard at his trade and I think he's a better football player for it."--Jack Del Rio.
"I think in fairness to David you have to understand what we want him to do is continue to work the process, continue to play good football. Do I think he'll continue to play good football? Yes, I think he'll continue to play good football. He's a good football player."--Jack Del Rio