David Garrard on Trent Edwards Signing: 'There Wasn't Any Warning'
And Garrard, the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback, said that focus isn't the team's recently signed quarterback. Neither is it public perception or the team's last two games. Garrard said the focus is on the future.
Because focusing on anything else is pointless.
"There's definitely a big sense of urgency," Garrard said Wednesday as the Jaguars prepared to play host to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at EverBack Field in Jacksonville. "Whenever you come out from two games with poor performances your urgency definitely steps up. Mine is no different. This is an urgent week for all of us, myself included, so I'm going to prepare as hard as I can to make sure that it's a great week and great game."
The Jaguars, after a home victory over Denver in the opener, have lost their last two games by a combined 66-16 -- 38-13 at San Diego and 28-3 at home against Philadelphia.
Much of the blame in Jacksonville has gone toward Garrard, who has thrown five interceptions in the last two games. He threw four against San Diego, then completed 13 of 30 passes for 105 yards with an interception against Philadelphia, a game in which several more of his passes could have been intercepted.
The Jaguars on Tuesday signed former Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards, who was waived by Buffalo Monday after starting the first two games of the season.
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said Edwards will be in uniform Sunday as the third quarterback.
"I think we'll see from there," Del Rio said. "He's taken snaps in the league, he's got some experience and we'll see how much carry-over there is in our system and theirs (Buffalo's) and how quickly a Stanford grad -- we'll test that Stanford education, we'll find out how quickly he can learn our system."
Garrard said the team gave him no indication they were going to sign Edwards.
"No, there wasn't any warning or anything," Garrard said. "They're going to do what is best for the team, whatever they feel like they can do to help make the team better. It is what it is and I'll just continue to do my job.
"Like I said, they're going to do whatever they're going to do. I can't control that. I've said that since the first day that I came here 'til today. I can't control those things. All that I can control is I have an opportunity this weekend, so I'm going to go out with all my ability, my passing and my faith to go out and perform at the level I know I can."