Driving home from my radio show today listening to local sports radio, I heard something that struck me kind of odd. Fans were calling into the show and reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line was not helping up David Garrard after he was hit, knocked down, or sacked in Sunday's game. At first, this sounded like a non-issue.
The problem is that this could potentially be a big issue. Generally speaking, the Jaguars offensive line has the mentality that they are the guardians of the quarterback and you don't mess with him. Linemen usually are the first person there to help a knocked down quarterback off his back or repay the cheap shot a lineman took on him. When I first heard this, I thought it was rather peculiar and I was intrigued. What made it even more intriguing was the fact that the particular radio host called some of his sources and confirmed what some fans were reporting; the offensive line didn't make an effort to help David Garrard off the ground when he was hit.
Maybe I am making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but has Jacksonville caught that schism that seems to be making its way around the league? In the local media, the Jaguars offensive line has taken a pounding with their "inability" to block for the quarterback. Yes, I purposefully put inability in quotes because I think they're getting a raw deal. This particular quarterback gets hit and sacked as much as he does often is on his own accord, not to the fault of the men blocking for him. I watched some more of the game, because I honestly did not realize it when I was at the game on Sunday, but it's true. It did seem as though the offensive line did not make an effort to help David Garrard up off the ground in the game.
What does this mean exactly? I really don't know, but it could be a bit of foreshadowing. Maybe it's just purely coincidence that this happened on Sunday and some people noticed it, because the first go 'round live, I honestly didn't. Like I said previously, it is rather odd that it happened and there could be something to the story.
Did Jacksonville Catch the Schism?
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