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“Our starter is our starter until he’s not our starter,” Del Rio said. “That’s the way it works. To do it any other way creates a circus atmosphere. We have not had that. We’ve had a very purposeful camp, we’ve had a very workmanlike, businesslike training camp. A decision was made in the best interest of the football team, and now we go forward.”

Garrard ends his Jacksonville career with 16,003 yards passing, 89 touchdowns, 54 interceptions and a 39-37 record. He also ran for 1,746 yards and 17 scores.

Garrard’s final game was one of his worst. He was hit repeatedly in last week’s preseason finale against St. Louis and misfired on four of five passes. He ended the night with an animated exchange with his offensive line on the sideline.

That, too, had become an issue inside the facility, with Garrard pointing the finger more often than taking the blame.

Del Rio called Garrard a middle-tier quarterback after the 2009 season, and Weaver challenged him to do more with teammates that offseason.

Garrard did. He responded by setting the franchise record for touchdown passes in a season (23), enjoyed five of the best eight games of his career, and led the Jaguars to several late wins. But he struggled down the stretch.

It became clear Monday how teammates felt about Garrard. They declined to vote Garrard a team captain, instead choosing Jones-Drew and Lewis as offensive captains.

Garrard was released the next day.

“I think he’s handled it like a man, like he’s handled everything else,” general manager Gene Smith said. “I think he’s been a tremendous example how to handle adversity since he’s been here. … At some point, you have to go through this as an NFL player.”