Garrard to be Named Starting QB, Leftwich will be Traded or Released August 31, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.
ESPN is reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars will name David Garrard their starting quarterback and Brian Leftwich will be traded or released.
Leftwich was named the starter in the offseason by head coach Jack Del Rio, but Garrard’s improvement in training camp and preseason convinced Del Rio that Garrard was the right man to lead the Jag’s offense.
Leftwich has been plagued by injuries during his career. The last two seasons, he has missed a total of 15 games due to ankle injuries.
I think everyone saw this coming. Leftwich is just too injury prone. He is as tough as they come, but a team just can’t afford to lose their quarterback for half of the season every year.
Garrard is a tough quarterback as well and is more mobile than Leftwich. There have been countless times where he was able to avoid the rush by scrambling and hit the open man. When he took over as the starting QB when Leftwich went down last year, there wasn’t much of a drop off in play. At times, the team had a better flow on offense.
I think Garrard will easily fill the shoes of Leftwich and make a name for himself as a starting QB in the NFL. The question is, where will Brian Leftwich end up this season?