David Garrard and Fred Taylor agree with fans who were disillusioned by the Jaguars' performance last Saturday against the Miami Dolphins.
"We definitely plan on doing a whole lot better. We definitely plan on executing better," Garrard said of this Saturday's preseason game in Tampa. "It's important because we want to know we're clicking as an offense. It's time for it."
This week's game has added importance because it's the third preseason game, which means the starters will get their longest playing time of the preseason. For the third preseason game, teams even game plan and simulate regular-season preparation.
That's where Taylor has some concern.
"Today was a bad practice for us," Taylor said of the Jaguars' workout on Wednesday, as the rest of Jacksonville focused on the track of Tropical Storm Fay. "Tomorrow we have to sharpen things up" for the game in Tampa, "so we make sure we're ready for week one" of the regular season, Taylor said.
It was this week last summer that resulted in Garrard's ascent to the starting quarterback job and the season that ultimately produced a contract that makes Garrard the unchallenged quarterback of the long-term future. In Green Bay in week three of the 2007 preseason, Garrard lit it up, resulting in Byron Leftwich's release and Garrard's promotion to the top spot.
"Every time we got the ball we moved the ball. I want to do the same things" this week, Garrard said. "It was a great experience last year, but that was last year."
Garrard said wide receiver Reggie Williams practiced with the team on Wednesday and "he looked good." Williams underwent knee surgery shortly after training camp began.
The team's other starting wide receiver, Jerry Porter, remains out of action and there has been no announcement as to when he might return to practice. Porter underwent hamstring surgery in July.
"I can't build any rapport with him until he's on the field. I'm just going to try to put some extra time in with him" in meetings, Garrard said of Porter, who was signed in expensive free agency to be the team's number one receiver.
"There are a whole lot of things we need to do," Taylor said of the game in Tampa. "We got out-physicalled last week. They came here to prove a point and they did a helluva job. You hate to lose at anything. We're happy that it opened our eyes."