Why David Garrard Should Be the Starting QB for the Miami Dolphins in 2012
If the Miami Dolphins wanted the "sexy" pick for their starting quarterback, they'd go with Lauren Tannehill...erm, I mean Ryan Tannehill.
But sexy isn't the name of the game in the West Coast offense—it's efficiency, football intelligence and experience. In all three areas, Dolphins quarterback David Garrard is ahead of the pack and should be the Dolphins' starter.
Sure, each of the three potential starting quarterbacks—Tannehill, Garrard and Matt Moore—come with a unique set of pros and cons, but Garrard makes the most sense of the three.
In statistics that matter most for West Coast offensive quarterbacks—completion percentage, passer rating, touchdown-to-interception ratio and more—Garrard is the superior passer.
The stats really speak to the on-field truth that Garrard is better at going through his progressions and throwing to the open receiver than Moore is.
One look at the production of Brandon Marshall, as opposed to the rest of the Dolphins receivers, reveals the impact Marshall had on Moore and the offense as a whole.
Garrard, on the other hand, has gotten it done efficiently for years yet has never had top-end talent at receiver. He had one of his best seasons in 2010 despite a receiving corps comprised of Mike Thomas, Mike Sims-Walker, Jason Hill, Tiquan Underwood and Kassim Osgood.
He had one of his best performances that season against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5, going 16-of-20 (80 percent completions) for 178 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a 122.5 passer rating. His lone interception was a pass that was tipped at the line and brought down by linebacker Kawika Mitchell; it's hard to hold Garrard 100 percent at fault for that.
But in that game, he spread the ball fairly evenly between five different receivers and showed his ability to go through his progressions time and time again.
Throwing the ball so high may have made for a tough catch for Lewis, but it also assured that the pass would most likely be either complete or incomplete, and not intercepted.
All in the span of two seconds.
Should David Garrard be the Dolphins starting quarterback for Week 1?
It's showing up in practice, too.
ESPN's James Walker offers his observations from Dolphins camp and says, "Garrard has looked more comfortable this offseason in Miami's new West Coast offense. It's a system the veteran has played in before."
He'll probably be throwing a bit more than he did as a Jaguar, but if his efficiency stays consistent with what it's been throughout his career, that can only mean good things for the Dolphins offense.
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