Why Adding David Garrard at QB Is Not the Answer for the New York Jets
Garrard recently worked out with the Jets and he told SiriusXM NFL Radio (h/t ESPN.com) that Gang Green would be the “ideal situation for him.” ESPN goes as far as to suggest that a deal is possible once the Jets resolve their cap issues.
As of this moment, it seems impossible to predict the starting quarterback of the New York Jets for the 2013 season. There were rumors surrounding JaMarcus Russell, but fortunately they turned out to be nothing more than speculation.
A mere week ago, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reported that the Jets could be interested in signing Brady Quinn and now there’s also Garrard.
Add in that general manager John Idzik made some cryptic comments suggesting that Tim Tebow could have a future with the team, along with the fact that Mark Sanchez is impossible to trade or release, and you have a terrible mess on your hands.
While Garrard has proven himself to be a valuable asset at the quarterback position in the past, there are several reasons why signing the veteran would be a terrible idea.
Increased competition is not necessarily a good thing
When Idzik was introduced as the new GM, he announced that the Jets were going to bring in competition at the quarterback position. He also added that Sanchez would feed off the competition and it would make everyone better.
You have to wonder if Idzik watched any of the Jets games last year, when Sanchez was fighting for the job with Tebow and Greg McElroy and made mistake after mistake every week.
If Tebow and McElroy aren’t enough competition, then what is?
Furthermore, what is wrong with picking one guy and staying with him? Right now, the Jets quarterback situation sounds like it should be a new reality show called “American Idol: The Search for a New York Jets Quarterback.”
Garrard is not a long-term solution
Garrard is 35 years old and it’s needless to say that he’s not going to be with the team for many years. This is not the direction the Jets need to be looking.
They should be trying to rebuild the team, not just look for the best QB on the free-agent market.
Unless Mark Sanchez has a comeback of epic proportions, he will be gone by the end of next season and that means the Jets need a new franchise quarterback. Adding Garrard sends the wrong message to the fans by telling them that the rebuilding process is going to be put on hold.
Question marks regarding Garrard’s fitness
Last time Garrard was on the field was the 2010 season when he completed 64.5 percent of his passes and threw for 2,734 yards along with 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
However, that was before injuries put him on the sideline for two years. The Jets can’t be sure that this is the same quarterback they will be getting.
While Garrard’s intentions of getting back into the game are honorable, it seems that the Jets' front office bit off more than they can chew.
By throwing an injury-prone veteran quarterback into the mix, they are jeopardizing the next season and causing confusion amongst the quarterbacks.
The Jets already need to rebuild their offense and improve their offensive line and add some receivers.
What they absolutely don’t need is the uncertainty of not knowing who their field general is.
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