David Garrard was definitely feeling the pressure from his head coach and the Jacksonville fans. And after a bad loss to Michael Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles team, things were in desperate mode.
It was do or die, even though it was early in the season.
Josh Scobee hit a 59-yard field goal — the longest of his career and the longest in franchise history — as time expired in a much needed win over the Colts, 31-28.
Jacksonville needed to find a way to get the fans of Jacksonville back on their side and try to build momentum inside the AFC South.
In a press conference, Coach Jack Del Rio talked about the importance of the the victory against their arch nemesis, the Indianapolis Colts (Jaguars press conference video)
Garrard was efficient and threw 17 of 22 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Plus, he showed his dual-threat tendencies when he ran for a 25-yard score on an option play in the first quarter.
“There is definitely some sort of blueprint on how to beat those guys,” Garrard explained. “You try to establish the run and stay out of those third and longs because they’re built for that. That’s what they want to do…they want to pin their ears back and come after you. If you can stay out of those and continue to give your team a chance, move the ball and put points on the board…that was key, putting points on the board.”
Three of Jacksonville’s next four games are on the road and it begins with a trip to Buffalo next week.
Jacksonville is 2 and 2, and should beat Buffalo, but this is the NFL and anything can happen on any given Sunday.