By Calvin Palmer
Five days before the start of a new NFL season, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to cut quarterback David Garrard, leaving deputy Luke McCown to step up as the starting quarterback.
In footballing terms, the move by the Jaguars is like Arsenal deciding to sell Cesc Fàbregas.
Oops! They have done.
Okay, it would be like Stoke City getting rid of Rory Delap and his famous long throw-ins.
Actually, that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Delap at 35 is getting past his sell-by date as a Premier League footballer and his long throws no longer have the potency they once had. Premier League defences have wised up to the ploy.
I guess the timing of the news of Garrard’s departure is what is surprising. And there is also a degree of nemesis.
Former Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich was cut a week before the 2007 season and replaced by back-up quarterback David Garrard.
What goes around comes around.
Garrard’s departure has incensed former Jaguars defensive end and ESPN NFL analyst Hugh Douglas.
Douglas was asked in a radio interview if there was one NFL coach he’d like to fight and without pause answered Jack Del Rio.
Douglas said: “If there was ever a coach who needs to be punched in the face for not being truthful to his players, it has to be Jack Del Rio.”
Douglas would need to get to the back of the line. A great many Jaguars fans would also like to punch Del Rio in the face.
Del Rio’s perpetual smug expression on his face just invites it to be hit.
I wonder if fans in Jacksonville are organizing a whip round in order that Douglas can go to the front of the line.
Garrard has reportedly got two offers of a contract with other NFL teams, according to his agent. Who is sworn to secrecy. Well, at least until he figures a way of making a quick buck or two thousand.
NFL pundits are suggesting that the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins may offer Garrard a new home. I guess that goes to show just how desperate some NFL teams are.
Jacksonville Jaguars are, make no mistake. Still looking on the bright side, if the Jaguars fail to make the play-offs, Del Rio will be out of a job.
William Hill has the Jacksonville Jaguars at 100/1 to win the Superbowl and 9/1 to win the AFC South Division.
See ya, Jack!