New Jets general manager John Idzik wants competition at every spot, especially the quarterback position. 35-year-old quarterback—who hasn’t seen action since 2010—David Garrard is looking to compete for a starting job. Perfect match.
Rich Cimini of ESPN reported that the free agent quarterback, on Sirius XM NFL radio, thinks it’s “the ideal situation” to land with the New York Jets. “I see the Jets as a perfect opportunity to compete for the starting job,” Garrard said.
It’s no secret that the Jets are in the market for a new quarterback. Or at least one that can compete for the starting role. John Idzik was adamant about bringing in competition for Mark Sanchez. Garrard has yet to sign a deal with the Jets, but he has impressed them enough in his workouts that they are continuing talks with him.
Garrard may be right and may get his way if he lands with the Jets. Mark Sanchez had a dismal 2012 season, throwing for 18 interceptions and nine fumbles. Last time Garrard played was in 2010 where he threw for 23 touchdowns and had a 91.0 qb rating, making the Pro Bowl that season—injuries have sidelined Garrard since then the past couple of seasons.
Last season, Mark Sanchez had to deal with the distraction of Tim Tebow, and it may have affected his play. This season he may have to look over his shoulder again. This time, though, Garrard may be a legitimate threat to his starting spot. Garrard may thrive in new offensive coordinator’s Mornhinweg’s offense; Garrard has a good arm, but is also mobile. Over his career, Garrard racked up over 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.
Is Garrard right in thinking he can get the starting job over Sanchez?