Today, the Jets announced the signing of nine-year veteran quarterback David Garrard. The 35-year-old quarterback missed the 2011 season with a back injury and couldn’t make it out of training camp for the Miami Dolphins last season after a knee injury. This is the Jets second attempt to elevate the play of Mark Sanchez through competition, after that same strategy resulted in a fail of epic proportions last season.
Here are a few things to consider about the signing of Garrard:
–Don’t expect Sanchez to be dethroned out of camp: New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has been quoted as saying Sanchez has the early “leg up” in the quarterback competition heading into training camp. As poorly as Sanchez played last season, Garrard is coming off a two-year absence from NFL game action and has the slimmest of odds (in my opinion, zero percent) of showing enough to be named the opening game starter.
–Expect one more quarterback to be on the roster for training camp: Assuming indications that Tim Tebow will be released, the Jets have Sanchez, Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Sims. But one more quarterback, whether a late round draft choice or from the free agent pool, will be on the roster for camp.
-This being news is unfortunate: I understand that I am criticizing what this post is all about, but I’m going to go Captain Obvious on the audience and announce that it is unfortunate that this is news for the New York Jets. There aren’t many articles written about backup quarterbacks being signed, but no one can deny that it’s tough for anyone to realistically be excited about this signing. Garrard is not the answer.
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