10 questions with Jaguars QB David Garrard

"Every week feels like a playoff week to me. There's not going to be a problem (getting up for Sunday's game against the 49ers) for myself and I know that there's not going to be a problem for the rest of the team. Everybody's here. We feel like if the playoffs start now then we need to win the rest of these games so that we really get a chance to be in the playoffs. It really starts now for us." -- Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard

Q: How much pressure do you put on yourself to make sure there's little or no dropoff at the QB position after Byron Leftwich went down?

Garrard:
I don't try to put any more pressure on myself than there already is. I just go out and play football. I just do my job. I feel like I can do a decent enough job to where we can keep things going.

Q: How would you assess your play as a starter so far?

Garrard:
I feel like I'm doing a decent job. I feel like I can do some things better, but that just comes with more reps in the game. If I can keep getting better each week then I can get to a point where things are going pretty good. You always want to get better each week no matter what year you're in. Whether you're in your 10th or 12th year in the league you always feel like you can get better.

Q: With three games remaining, you guys control your own destiny for the playoffs, how much do you think about having a role in taking your team to the playoffs?

Garrard:
I feel good about the situation. We have a great group of guys here that are hungry and that want to get into the playoffs bad. I don't feel like I have to be Superman, because we have a pretty complete team. If I just do my job and do what I know I can do we should be fine. I don't try to put any more pressure on me than there already is.

Q: From a personal standpoint, how is this different from the other times you've been asked to step in as a starter?

Garrard:
Every time that I get to play it feels like a playoff game. It's always going to be a tough week, but if I prepare myself properly then I can give the offense the best chance of winning that week.

Q: Has your physical problems and surgery affected you and do you still feel the effects of the disease?

Garrard:
It really hasn't given me any problems. I don't have any of the disease in me at all. I feel like David Garrard.

Q: Did you guys prove anything after fighting back and making a game out of last week's contest with the Colts?

Garrard:
We don't want to have any moral victories, but it did give the team confidence in what we can do against those guys. You hate it that it was too little to late, but it shows that we can move the ball. We just need to do a better job in the red zone and not have all the turnovers. I felt like it would have been a different game if we didn't have the turnovers. We earned what we got and that's all it is to it.

Q: Having played the Colts, what's the possibility of them going undefeated?

Garrard:
They're a great team. The guys around here feel like if we get another chance to play them then we can do some better things than we did in the past game. I really think that they have a great chance, but any given Sunday anything can happen. Everyone is putting the cart before the horse, so they need to go out each week and to continue to play hard and execute like they've been doing.

Q: Is it tough to get inspired to play the 49ers after having such a big game against the Colts?

Garrard:
Like I said, every week feels like a playoff week to me. There's not going to be a problem for myself and I know that there's not going to be a problem for the rest of the team. Everybody's here. We feel like if the playoffs start now then we need to win the rest of these games so that we really get a chance to be in the playoffs. It really starts now for us. If we don't execute in these games against the 49ers and whosever after them then we don't really give ourselves a chance to win.

Q: Would you consider the 49ers' linebackers the strength of their defense and if so what stands out when you watch Peterson, Carter, Derek Smith and Brandon Moore on film?

Garrard:
Those guys are really good players. They can fly around the ball, they get out in coverage pretty good and their front seven is good. We're going to have to know where everybody is at, at all times. If you're in the NFL you have to be pretty good, so I'm sure their secondary is going to be ready to play. They'll be ready to do everything that they can to throw our game off. We're all in the NFL, so we need to step up, prepare and be ready to play each Sunday.

Q: Although he's on injured reserve, have you gotten a chance to get to know former 49ers linebacker Jamie Winborn and how has he fit into the locker room?

Garrard:
I got to meet Jamie Winborn at the Ed Block Courage award ceremonies. I was there last year and he was there also, so I got to hang around with him a little bit then. He was a guy who was excited about playing football and I'm sure that he's upset right now that he's on injured reserve. He's going to be a great talent around here for us. I can't wait until he gets back.


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