Garrard unlikely to start in Kansas City

Coming off one of the worst losses in franchise history, the Jaguars are looking for answers across the board, especially at the quarterback position, as both David Garrard and his backup Trent Edwards struggled immensely to put points on the board.

The questions on Garrard will likely have to wait for at least another week beyond next Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, thanks in large part to the concussion he suffered at the hands of the visiting Titans. According to Jason LaCanfora of, the outlook on Garrard taking the field in Kansas City is not very good at this point, as he’s yet to be cleared to practice.

That opens the door for Edwards to make his first start with the Jaguars, who’s had some success in the past playing against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium during his time as the starter in Buffalo. That said, Jacksonville’s offense is lacking playmakers capable of producing in the passing game right now, and they’ll likely have to rely heavily on running back Maurice Jones-Drew to carry the load, making them a one dimensional team on that side of the ball.

Kansas City is coming off their worst defensive performance of the year in a 35-31 loss to Houston, but they have the talent up front to bottle up Jones-Drew early while their offense gets on track, forcing the Jaguars to throw the ball more than they’d like to in an effort to catch up on the scoreboard.

That’s likely to be a recipe for disaster, as the Chiefs defense will be able to tee off against the Jaguars offensive line, putting significant pressure on Edwards to get rid of the ball in a hurry, which could lead to mistakes in the form of turnovers.

One positive note for Edwards is that he’s a mobile quarterback, and should be able to get outside the pocket to evade the pass rush, but unless the Jaguars can establish the run early, he’ll have his work cut out for him to say the least.

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