The New York Jets have announced the signing of Veteran quarterback David Garrard (35) and as you can imagine the news was meet with the usual overreaction from the fans and I'm almost certain that the majority of you read the title of the blog and thought 'What! really! you high?'
Lets cut to the chase, the addition of Garrard is a sensible move by the Jets as the draft class lacks the caliber of previous years, as does the free agency market then lets add to the equation that heavy ball and chain that is the salary cap. So in short and lets but it bluntly Garrard is the best of a bad bunch (for those Matt Moore fans, Garrard outshone Moore and rookie Ryan Tannerhill prior to his injury). Did I mention the cap and how cap friendly Garrard was?
The tale of the tape regarding Garrard is one of a capable quarterback who's thrown together a few solid seasons throughout his career with over 16,000 passing yards, scoring 89 touchdowns along with 53 interceptions. Injury's are a concern as Garrard has missed the past the two seasons. During 2011/12 Garrard underwent surgery for herniated disc in his back. Following his recovery Garrard signed with the Dolphins only too miss out due to a knee injury he sustained during camp. Garrard guided the Jags to the playoffs during the 2008 season where they went on to beat the Steelers.
- 2006/7 quarterback rating 80.5 (played 11 games). 10 TD's 9 INT
- 2007/8 quarterback rating 102,2 (played 12 games) 18 TD's 3 INT
- 2008/9 quarterback rating 81.7 (played 16 games) 15 TD's 13 INT
- 2009/10 quarterback rating 83.5 (played 16 games) 15 TD's 10 INT
- 2010/11 quarterback rating 90.8 (played 14 games) 23 TD's 15 INT
If and I put the following term loosely 'if' Garrard's body can hold out and he can recapture some of the form that saw him make a Pro-bowl appearance in 2009/10 then there's no reason why he can't push Sanchez for the starting position. The addition of Garrard means the Jets now have five quarterback on their roster. (Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Matt Sims, and Greg McElroy).