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Agent: ‘Sorry Jags’ Cut David Garrard to Avoid Paying for His Back Surgery

David Garrard has been a popular name for quarterback-needy teams ever since he was cut by the Jaguars at the end of training camp. The Raiders were one of the teams to contact Garrard’s agent when they had an injury, but they were told he was unavailable because he planned to have back surgery. Garrard hopes to have an operation on his herniated disk this week, and his agent believes the back injury is the reason the Jags cut their starting quarterback six weeks ago.

“At $500,000 per game, they knew he would be down 4-6 weeks. They didn’t want to pay that bill,” Garrard’s agent, Al Irby told the Florida Times-Union via email. “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. … David was told his back was fine. So he took them for their word.”

That’s a pretty damning claim by Garrard’s agent, but it could be possible. There wasn’t a whole lot of logic to explain the decision to cut Garrard so abruptly. Everyone knew rookie Blaine Gabbert would get a chance to start eventually, but it was obvious he wasn’t ready for the job at the beginning of the season; if he were, Luke McCown wouldn’t have started the team’s first two games.

The other part comparing Jacksonville to Indianapolis should just be ignored. If the Colts knew Peyton Manning’s neck would not heal and that he would need additional procedures, they wouldn’t have signed him to a new contract before the year. They also would have brought in another quarterback earlier in camp instead of signing Kerry Collins as late as they did. They were planning on having Peyton available at the beginning of the season. That comparison made little sense, but the other accusation may be accurate.

Marcedes Lewis on Long Beach Poly, the Jags, David Garrard, Maurice Jones-Drew

LBS interviewed Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis at the premiere for 4th and Forever, a series that debuts Thursday evening on Current TV. The show follows Marcedes’ alma mater, Long Beach Poly, throughout their football season last year. We talked about Lewis’ time at Long Beach Poly, including the infamous game between Poly and De La Salle where his future teammate Maurice Jones-Drew scored four touchdowns. We talked about the all around improvement in Marcedes’ game, what led to his sudden emergence as a pass catcher last season, and about the Jags’ quarterback situation now that they drafted Blaine Gabbert to compete with David Garrard. Find out who he says is the best player to come out of Long Beach Poly and whether or not he’s enjoying his time during the lockout:

Some of the highlights from the interview were Marcedes saying he works hard to improve every aspect of his game, even the way he watches film and takes notes. He said that part of the reason his receiving stats haven’t been gaudy is because the Jags are a running team. “We are a run-first team,” Lewis explained. “Run the ball, give it to Maurice, let him do his thing, play action.”

He also said the team is responsible for stepping up to help David Garrard keep his job. “Dave is a guy that’s hungry, he wants to be great,” Lewis said. “Everybody else around Dave is going to have to step up to continue to bust our butt to play hard, make it easier for Dave.”

And talking about Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcedes said “Maurice is out to prove people wrong. He’s been doing that since I first saw him play. He’s an exceptional talent.”

And who is the best football player to come out of Poly? Marcedes believes it’s him, though he meant it in a confident way, not a cocky one.

Mike Thomas, Jaguars Beat Texans With Unbelievable Hail Mary (Video)

This is why you always give the hail mary a try.  David Garrard, Mike Thomas, and the Jacksonville Jaguars put together the play of the year to beat the Houston Texans 31-24 on Sunday in Jacksonville.  We’re talking hail mary, tipped ball, knocked down, game over, not so fast.

As the clock hit 0:00 with the score tied at 24-24 and overtime looming, Garrard tossed up a 50-yard hail mary toward Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas.  The ball was knocked down by the Texans’ defensive backs.  Actually, knocked down would imply it hit the ground.  That didn’t happen.  It probably should have, but Thomas caught the ball in once-in-a-lifetime fashion and the Jaguars won the game.  Words can’t really describe the play, so I recommend checking out the David Garrard to Mike Thomas hail mary video here.