Garrard becoming the starter is not just about what he brings to the table—it is also about what his competition is lacking.
Many Dolphins fans are clamoring for Matt Moore to retain his starting job from last season. Moore went 6-6 as the starter with Miami and threw for 16 TD and only nine INT.
However, Moore has been inconsistent throughout his career. He was given the opportunity to start in Carolina over three different seasons and never seized the job.
Moore may have had success last year, but with a new coaching staff in place, a new offense, and no more Brandon Marshall to throw too, Moore's season could very well turn out to be an anomaly.
Garrard has done more than piece together just one decent season—he has done it consistently, year after year. Many people forget that in 2010, Garrard's last full season, he had one of his best years in Jacksonville.
In fact, when you compare Garrard's stats in 2010 to Moore's last season, you will see that the comparison is not that much different.
Garrard started 14 games in 2010, with 2,734 yards, 23 TD, a 64.5 completion percentage and only 15 INT.
In 2011, Moore started 12 games, threw for 2,497 yards, had a 60.5 completion percentage and had 16 TD and nine INT.
Given that their statistics are similar, Garrard's ability to run the West Coast offense, as well as his veteran experience, gives him the edge over Moore.