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"This is a prime example of why few things in the NFL can be etched in stone, especially when it comes to a dicey quarterback situation. Over a 10-year period, Garrard won the Jaguars over with his remarkable patience and upbeat attitude under some tough circumstances."  The Times-Union

"In time, we&39;ll find out if it was the right decision. But one thing is certain: the Jaguars were one win away from winning the AFC South last year and there&39;s no reason to think they can&39;t be a playoff contender now. Even with a change at quarterback."  The Times-Union

Here is the full press conference yesterday from EverBank Field with Gene Smith and Jack Del Rio.

"Smith said he didn't make the move Saturday, when NFL teams had to cut their final rosters from 80 to 53, because he was still evaluating Garrard."  The Times-Union

"I was shocked by the decision," tight end Marcedes Lewissaid. "They obviously felt it was time to go in a different direction. Luke had a great camp, everyone knows that, and now he&39;s the guy. There&39;s no drop-off. We believe in Luke and we&39;re going to rally around him."  Associated Press

"If there has been a theme among fans and observers since the Jaguars' stunning move Tuesday to release starting quarterback David Garrard, it has centered on that. Timing."

"He just couldn't get it going," Del Rio said. "We were hoping for some sign of life, for him to pick it up and get it going. We went to the 11thhour in hopes of having that happen. It was obvious it wasn't going to happen, and this was the right decision for us moving forward."

"I suppose Del Rio and Jaguars fans everywhere are hoping that history repeats itself, because in 2007, Jacksonville went on to finish 11-5, earn a wild-card berth and upset the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers in a first-round playoff game at Pittsburgh -- the franchise&39;s most recent trip to the postseason."

"The Tuesday afternoon news that Jacksonville was releasing starting quarterback David Garrardsent shockwaves around the league. It also immediately brought to mind the following three questions:"

"Everybody is down with one another, and would do anything for one another," Lewis said. "We work hard knowing that the man next to us is going to work just as hard."

"This doesn&39;t change everything. We absolutely have high expectations for this team for all the changes we made, and the number of players we brought in to strengthen this football team. We have high expectations," Weaver said.  The Times-Union

Pete Prisco of gives his thoughts on the release of Garrard.

Scouting the opponent

"Chris Johnson and Quinn Johnson practiced together for the first time on Monday, two days after the Titans traded an undisclosed draft pick for the former Packers fullback."  The Tennessean

Fellow Tennessee Titans offensive linemen figure they could give Kevin Matthews a hard time by telling him how easy he had it.  Nashville City Paper

Tweet, Tweet

Thank you Jaguar fans for an awesome ride! You are the best fans ever. You'll always have a special heart and my family's heart!

@davidgarrard9 (quarterback David Garrard)

Munchak said it would be a mistake for #Titans to think they've gained some type of an advantage by Jaguars going from Garrard to McCown.

@jwyattsports (Tennessean reporter Jim Wyatt)

Good time at the kickoff luncheon! Special S/O to my #EverBank table and thanks to all the fans for the support!!

@ZMiller86 (tight end Zach Miller)

Crazy to see #9 leaving the team.  Great teammate and person.  Good luck in the future, Dave.

@JoshScobee10 (kicker Josh Scobee)

#TheAwkwardMoment when your name is trending on Twitter and it's not even spelled right…Luke McKown?

@A_Train92 (defensive end Austen Lane)

Stat of the day

Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown led the team with a 125.5 passer rating in the preseason.  McCown ranked first in the AFC, fourth in the NFL, with a  143.5 passer rating in the fourth quarter, finishing 8 of 9 for 86 yards with one touchdown.


The Jaguars return to the practice field this afternoon in preparation for the Tennessee Titans.  Head coach Jack Del Rio, Luke McCown, Maurice Jones-Drew and several other players will address the media.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider for updates throughout the day.

The last word

"It was an evaluation thing. That's the one position that impacts winning the most and so I think when you look at that position you try to study the full body of work, and I felt like we did that."

Jaguars general manager Gene Smith on the release of David Garrard

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