Jaguars' David Garrard Better Watch Out for Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow

Omar BrownCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 04:  David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is chased by Jacob Ford #78 of the Tennessee Titans during the game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports:  

Tim Tebow and the Broncos are negotiating a five-year contract that figures to be worth about $12 million with roughly $8 million guaranteed. There is a chance Tebow's deal could be done hours before the first rookie practice Wednesday afternoon.

The Jacksonville Jaguars David Garrard pounded the rock more times than any other quarterback in the league last season.

His durability proves pounding the ball is not necessarily a sure fire way to get your quarterback hurt in this league, Byron Leftwich can attest to that.

Tim Tebow is going to give David Garrard a run for his money as far as being the leading rushing quarterback in this league.

David Garrard is not just a quarterback. Unlike your prototypical, pure pocket passers of the world, David Garrard is a football player, and so too is Tim Tebow.

Here is a list of the top rushing quarterbacks of the league, as well as a list showing how the top passing teams in the league fair in regards to their quarterback pounding the rock.

The list is broken down in how much a quarterback pounded the rock last season.

  • The times the quarterback pounded the rock last season.
  • The times his team pounds the rock on average per game. (cpg)
  • The number of yards his team averages per carry. (ypc)
  • And finally the ranking of the teams rushing offense last season.

(5) 77 David Garrard 27.9 cpg (4.5 ypc) Jacksonville Jaguars No. 10

(4) 50 Matt Cassel 27.4 cpg (4.4 ypc) Kansas City Chiefs No. 11

(3) 46 Jason Campbell 24.4 cpg (3.9 ypc) Washington Redskins No. 27

(3) 40 Jay Cutler 23.3 cpg (4.0 ypc) Chicago Bears No. 29

(3) 39 Carson Palmer 31.6 cpg (4.1 ypc) Cincinnati Bengals No. 9

(3) 36 Mark Sanchez 37.9 cpg (4.5 ypc) New York Jets No. 1

(3) 30 Josh Freeman only started nine games so you could virtually double his rushing attempts...

Listed below are teams from the top bakers’ dozen passing offenses last season.

On average the quarterbacks listed below account for more than 10 percent of the designated rushing plays.

(4) 58 Aaron Rodgers 23.2 (3.6 ypc) Green Bay Packers No. 14

(3) 48 Matt Schaub 24.8 (4.3 ypc) Houston Texans No. 30

(3) 40 Ben Roethlisberger 23.2 (3.9 ypc) Pittsburgh Steelers No. 19

(2) 37 Donovan McNabb 25.8 (4.1 ypc) Philadelphia Eagles No. 22 

(2) 35 Tony Romo 22.8 (4.0 ypc) Dallas Cowboys No. 7 ro

(2) 29 Tom Brady 24.9 (4.4 ypc) New England Patriots No. 12

(2) 26 Philip Rivers 26.4 (4.5 ypc) San Diego Chargers No. 31  

(2) 24 Kyle Orton 28.6 (4.5 ypc) Denver Broncos No. 18

Having your quarterback absorb more than 10 percent of the designated running plays, on a team with a coach who takes a run by committee philosophical approach on offense, hurts the fantasy prospects of the No. 1 running back on that particular team.

So when picking your No. 1 fantasy running back this season, you absolutely positively have to take this notion into consideration.

Now for the Broncos No. 1 fantasy option at running back, Knowshon Moreno, this gets even worse; especially now that Tim Tebow, who is now synonymous with the term “Wild Cat,” is about to sign with the Denver Broncos.

Tebow will not be the only one adding to head coach Josh McDaniels' run by committee philosophical approach, you can bet now that Eddie Royal has had a full year to learn McDaniels highly complicated scheme, he too will be utilized in the running game like he was during his rookie season.

Royal rushed 11 times for over 100 yards in his rookie season.

The versatility of McDaniels talent pool will allow him to expand his complex scheme even more now. The player's experience and ability to absorb it, will open up new chapters of the play book in the 2010 season.

McDaniels who led the Patriots to a perfect season in 2007 proved that despite having a reputation for being a finesse team, that when it came to pounding the rock, he could even beat the best in the game at it, this he proved against the Jaguars in the playoffs that season.

Laurence Maroney single-handedly outgained the vaunted dynamic duo by recording nearly double the yards Jaguars running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew managed to get.

After the Jaguars having bragged about the finesse Patriots not being able to beat them on the ground, Josh McDaniels did just that and more.

This happened while the Jaguars cowarded away from the run in their attempt to beat the Patriots through the air. Brady, meanwhile, had a 92.9 completion percentage that game. He was perfect.

Make no mistake about it, Josh McDaniels may have a reputation for his offensive minded finesse style, but know this, the man knows how to get the most out of his rushing offense, and that means utilizing every weapon he has in his arsenal.

As if the NFL Week-1 match up between the Denver Broncos and Tebows’ hometown team the Jacksonville Jaguars was not heated enough already…


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