Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Garrard Pays for Costly Turnover

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Garrard Pays for Costly Turnover

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard is almost playing with the deck stacked against him.

He's playing behind an injury -filled offensive line and doesn't have a deep threat at wideout because his two fastest receivers, Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson, were inactive. The lack of a deep threat enables opposing defenses to stack the run.

Still, the quarterback is always under the microscope and coach Jack Del Rio was quick to criticize him for an interception in the end zone at the end of the first half that cost the Jaguars at least a field goal and contributed their 20-16 loss to Buffalo.

"Can't throw it,'' Del Rio said of the pass that Terrence McGee, who had Mike Walker blanketed, hauled in a for a interception.

Del Rio said Garrard, who has thrown eight interceptions in his last six games, including three in two playoff games last season, should have thrown the ball away and taken a field goal.

"We're going to take a look in the end zone. If we like it, good. If not, it's got to hit a guy with a beer cup out there in the north end zone, knock the beer out of his hand and we'll kick the field goal. We took a look and we didn't execute,'' Del Rio said.

Garrard finished with a 62.4 passer rating. And when the Jaguars gained possession with 4:10 left, trailing 17-16, he threw two incomplete passes and was sacked.

"The ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage and sort of fluttered out,'' Garrard said of the interception. "It definitely wasn't my intention to throw into coverage, but I've got to take the responsibility for that one. You never want to make a throw like that, but stupid happens.''

WEATHER TAKES TOLL

How hot was it Sunday?

According to the weatherman, the temperature at kickoff was 87 degrees, one degree shy of the hottest Jaguars game ever.

But former Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud said it was too hot to even do any trash talking. …

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