The Jaguars seemed to have a much more fan friendly attitude, which will hopefully carry over into the regular season. Walking around the facilities, there was a certain amount of cynicism about the football team, which is par for the course after a 5-11 season.
As for the product on the football field, I was left rather unimpressed. I was getting practice reports from trusted sources all week and it was a major discussion on my radio show, so I felt somewhat in tune to what has been going on. The reports I was getting were that quarterback David Garrard has been making poor decisions and struggling with accuracy. Reports also expressed that the second-day draft picks of the rookie class have been outstanding for the most part.
On Saturday, I saw exactly what has been reported to me. David Garrard looked the part of a backup quarterback with his terrible decisions and inaccurate arm. There would be a quarterback controversy in any other city, except for the fact that the Jaguars backups are exponentially worse than their mediocre starter.
As for the rookie class, Derek Cox was impressive as he blanketed receivers and came away with an interception of Garrard. Jarett Dillard made a great catch in traffic and runs routes like a true professional. Zach Miller looks like a gamble that could pay immediate dividends as he showed himself to be a natural pass catcher despite playing quarterback in college. Rashad Jennings showed quick feet and a nice burst for the tall, upright runner, as well as some very good hands.
I don't want to be the bearer of bad news for Jaguars fans, but I call ‘em as I see ‘em. The Jaguars were the worst team that I saw, and it's not even close. I'm fairly certain that they will play hard, but there are simply too many question marks and not enough talented players to carry this team to playoff contention. I believe that David Garrard will never be anything more than mediocre, and thus the team will not get past that point, at least not this year.
I hope I'm wrong Jags fans.
Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive and host of the CB Sports Radio Show on ESPN 1420, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.
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