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How does signing David Garrard affect Jets quarterback controversy?

Posted by Erik Frenz  March 12, 2013 07:30 AM

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Just when you thought the Jets quarterback situation couldn't get much shakier...

The former Jaguars quarterback spent the 2011 season recovering from surgery on a herniated disk, and spent the 2012 season on the shelf with a knee injury. His return to form is dependent on shaking off a lot of rust while getting acquainted with his third new team in as many years.

Will he be ready to take over the starting job immediately? That's unclear.

Here's the depth chart as it stands today.

  1. Mark Sanchez
  2. David Garrard
  3. Greg McElroy
  4. Tim Tebow
  5. Matt Simms

Most of the names are all easily recognizable, even to casual fans. No matter who the Jets starting quarterback is, they won't have a great track record against the Patriots.

jets qb options vs patriots.pngMark Sanchez, David Garrard and Tim Tebow are the only quarterbacks on the Jets roster to have started a game against the Patriots, and are each 0-2 in their last two starts vs. New England. In fact, the three are a combined 3-11 against New England, with all three wins coming from Sanchez.

Of course, those wins and losses shouldn't be solely attributed to the quarterbacks. Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said in a press conference on Monday that Sanchez "will probably have just a little bit of a leg up" in the quarterback competition. That was just hours before the Garrard signing, so does that make Sanchez a leg down? Does Garrard's injury history make him a knee sideways?

There are a lot of questions for the Jets at quarterback, and we haven't even gotten to Tebow yet. ESPN reported recently that the Jets are still shopping Tebow around for a trade in hopes to get some compensation in return. They gave up a fourth and a seventh round pick to land him.

Regardless of his future, he's not the best bet for the Jets at quarterback. Mornhinweg will implement a West Coast offense, and the Jets need a quarterback who fits the bill to run it. The skill set requires:

  • Quick decision-making
  • Quick release
  • Top-end accuracy on short and intermediate throws
  • Ability to extend plays with legs is a plus

That could actually play to the strengths of Garrard and Sanchez, who both have experience running the West Coast offense.

Make no mistake; either of them doing so successfully and consistently at this stage, and with the current surroundings in New York, would be a big surprise.


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