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David Garrard gets first shot at Dolphins starting QB job

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Despite not playing a down last season because of back problems, David Garrard is getting the first shot to be the Dolphins’ starting quarterback.

According to ESPN.com’s James Walker, the former Jacksonville starter worked with the first team at Dolphins minicamp Tuesday, with Matt Moore working with the second team. First-round pick Ryan Tannehill was with the third team.

This is one competition which could change quickly when camp rolls around.

Garrard has been good at times, when healthy. Moore has proven himself able to make the best of bad situations, both in Miami and in relief in Carolina. And Tannehill wasn’t drafted to sit for long.

But for the moment, Garrard’s getting the first shot at being a Hard Knocks star.

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  1. shackdelrio says: Jun 19, 2012 11:55 AM

    Garrard was the Jaguars starter for the better part of five seasons (2006-2010).

    In 2006, the team was 8-5 and lost their last three games, including a game in which Garrard had three turnovers the titans returned for TD’s.

    In 2009, the team was 7-5 and lost their last four games.

    In 2010, the team was 8-5 and lost their last three games.

    If the Dolphins game is to tease their fans with a playoff run only to see the QB completely implode when needed…..then Garrard is their man.

  2. djmcba says: Jun 19, 2012 11:57 AM

    Can’t figure out what to make of this dolphins team; could surprise and win 10 games with staunch d and semi-competent offense or they could win two games. That said, 6 w’s is the most probable outcome.

  3. hateonjags says: Jun 19, 2012 11:59 AM

    He makes Gabbert look like Manning (your choise which Manning), whereever he goes tarps are needed

  4. silverbleedblack says: Jun 19, 2012 12:10 PM

    This organization confuses me with every decision. Why waste reps on a has-been when Moore is more than capable of leading this team this year?

  5. spankygreen says: Jun 19, 2012 12:37 PM

    Matt Moore reminds me of Kevin Kolb. Remember him?……he who was to light up the world……best QB free agent a few years ago with STAR POTENTIAL written all over him….ah yeah…..It is very easy to shine in mop up duty as a back up QB( see Matt Moore with GB), Quite a lot different when you’re under center during the mwat of a game…R Tannehill….where was he in the Heisman voting?. D Garrard may not be the long answer, (I think he is) but surely no one can believe Moore or Tannehill is the answer either. Don’t even get me started on Blaine Gabbert….. again, where was he in the Heisman voting……..

  6. gaadr says: Jun 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    This seems similar to what the Bucs did a few years ago. They spent the entire offseason with a QB battle between Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich. All this did was take reps away from Josh Freeman who wound up being the starter in his rookie year.

  7. dolphins4 says: Jun 19, 2012 12:49 PM

    What would make the Dolphins want to start an old wore out QB over 2 young talented QBs

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 19, 2012 12:54 PM

    Dolphins starting the guy that Blaine pushed off the Jaguars. Hey Phins, while you’re here we left an old washing machine out in the alley that would be a good fixer upper, and some used tires that still have a bit of tread left on them. Just around the back, right through here….

  9. justmebird says: Jun 19, 2012 12:59 PM

    I’m a lifelong fan of this team and every passing day they continue to annoy, frustrate and confound. Steve Ross needs to sell this team, hop on his flying saucer and leave the planet or die.

    The worst moves ever seen are taking place in Miami and we the paying ticket holders, who still haven’t cancelled our tickets, are left shaking our heads, powerless.

    After 30 years, I’m about ready to call it quits. Mediocrity seems to be the goal.

  10. cmich2006 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:02 PM

    Moore has proven he can play an dis better than Flacco

  11. 40zntallcanz says: Jun 19, 2012 1:02 PM

    He might win the starting job but i dont think he will win them
    many games in that division

  12. cornersss says: Jun 19, 2012 1:07 PM

    Dont worry. Often the dolphins start players that SHOULD be starters based on draft position in camp only to trade or cut them before the season starts. Giving them one last good look perhaps?

  13. nfloracle says: Jun 19, 2012 1:17 PM

    Looks like Matt Moore’s going to get another screw job, just like in Carolina. Moore has the right stuff to be a solid NFL quarterback. I just don’t understand why the coaches don’t let him develop all his potential.

    The guy has guts, that’s for sure, because he refuses to let the idiots get him down. I hope he leaves the Dolphins… they don’t deserve him anymore than Carolina did, not with this kind of BS treatment.

  14. jwreck says: Jun 19, 2012 1:20 PM

    silverbleedblack says: Jun 19, 2012 12:10 PM

    This organization confuses me with every decision. Why waste reps on a has-been when Moore is more than capable of leading this team this year?
    ______________

    This Dolphins starting job is going to change hands faster than the lead of a Thunder-Heat game this summer, and this is not the time for definitive statements, or conclusions about the job. Moore is a severely underestimated quarterback and definitely deserves a shot. However, rather than being a has-been, Moore is more in the mold of a “never-will”. Whether or not Garrard is a “has-been” is clearly the question the coaching staff is trying to answer right now. Garrard once led the Jaguars to relevancy for a season or two, and has proven himself to be a solid starting option in the past.

    Garrard’s play slowed and stumbled to a halt as his health worsened over the last half-decade. He claims to be back to full-speed after a season off, making his health probably the biggest question-mark on the Dolphins offense (Note how I didn’t add “and that’s saying something”. Yeah, you’re welcome).

    Tannehill is still learning the offense and adjusting to the speed of the game. There’s a full tape of Matt Moore’s play in 2011 being watched as we speak.

    Therefore, it clearly makes the most sense to give Garrard the first team reps first, as he is the quarterback in need of the most scrutiny at the moment. The starting job should change hands half a dozen times this Summer: but if it sticks with Garrard, Miami fans should be excited, because it means he’s fully healthy and has shown the coaches something really special.

  15. bphoward says: Jun 19, 2012 1:24 PM

    @spankygreen

    Heisman Trophy voting really says a lot about how a QB will pan out in the pros… just ask Gino Torretta, Danny Wuerffel, Chris Weinke, and Matt Leinart, among others, how that worked out for them.

  16. niubears says: Jun 19, 2012 1:30 PM

    This is gonna be a QB battle of ages. And we are all lucky enough to get to see it unfold on HBO! Ugh

  17. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jun 19, 2012 1:32 PM

    If history is any sort of indication of future performance: Start Garrard for the first 8 games and Moore for the last 8. That’s a 10-6…..

  18. ampats says: Jun 19, 2012 1:42 PM

    And the race is on to the AFCE basement. Oddsmakers continue to give the Dolphins the edge over the Tebow led jets.

    Garrard is the early leader for QB since he has the intel and experience on playing in front of the tarps Miami is going to roll out this season.

  19. twyger says: Jun 19, 2012 1:48 PM

    Omar Kelly (a reporter who actually attends Dolphins practice, rather than sitting thousands of miles away reading the work of others, and trying to stir up hate and discontent.) – David Garrard said the quarterbacks are both taking equal reps. The media is just always in attendance during his turn as the starter.

  20. islandah1 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:49 PM

    They are simply just doing what they said they were going to do – give each qb a chance to run with the starters in minicamp. Just watch, tomorrow there will be a breathless post about how Moore or Tannehill has taken over the #1 spot! I think they will nail it down pretty quickly once they get to camp. Relax…it’s June.

  21. CKL says: Jun 19, 2012 1:49 PM

    I love Matt Moore. I hope he does get his chance somewhere. The guy never complains.

  22. silverbleedblack says: Jun 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    jwreck says: Jun 19, 2012 1:20 PM

    Therefore, it clearly makes the most sense to give Garrard the first team reps first, as he is the quarterback in need of the most scrutiny at the moment.

    ——————————————————

    So you are saying it makes the most sense to give the guy with the most snaps in the NFL more reps because they have tape on Moore from last year? Moore was in the top half of the league last year, and his passer rating would have been a lot higher if Marshall hadn’t dropped 6 TDs. I am not saying Moore is all-pro, but he is clearly a better option this year than an old time game manager.

  23. cobibones13 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:29 PM

    shackdelrio says: Jun 19, 2012 11:55 AM

    Garrard was the Jaguars starter for the better part of five seasons (2006-2010).

    In 2006, the team was 8-5 and lost their last three games, including a game in which Garrard had three turnovers the titans returned for TD’s.

    In 2009, the team was 7-5 and lost their last four games.

    In 2010, the team was 8-5 and lost their last three games.

    If the Dolphins game is to tease their fans with a playoff run only to see the QB completely implode when needed…..then Garrard is their man.

    ——– If you’re going to give Garrard blame for 06 you need to give him credit for getting the Jags to the playoffs in 05. That year he was 4-1. He was also the QB for most of the Arizona game so it’s closer to 5-1, even though he didn’t technically start that game.

    2009 and 2010 the Jags were, by far, one of the worst pass Ds in the league.

    The same group of WRs Gabbert had this past season, Garrard had in 2010 and was able to break the Jags record for passing TDs in a season.

    Garrard had the 13th best QB rating in the NFL in 2010 with a bad group of WRs, and tons of Jag homers acted like he was terrible. Gabbert comes in with the same offense and is dead last in QB rating, and the same Jag homers have a billion different excuses including how terrible the WRs are.

    for the Dolphin fans out there, if you want your team to win you want Garrard as your QB. Just look at what they’ve already done in the NFL. Moore was okay last year with a perennial pro bowler in Brandon Marshall. Without him he’ll be more like what he was in Carolina. Garrard succeeded with crap WRs his whole career in Jacksonville.

  24. skleech22 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:32 PM

    This will be a quality qb competition. I love how everyone takes their potshots. The fins will compete with Garrard. Without his wife blaming the receivers for dropping his passes!!

  25. cobibones13 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:39 PM

    thegreatgabbert says: Jun 19, 2012 12:54 PM

    Dolphins starting the guy that Blaine pushed off the Jaguars. Hey Phins, while you’re here we left an old washing machine out in the alley that would be a good fixer upper, and some used tires that still have a bit of tread left on them. Just around the back, right through here….

    ——-LMAO, what are you talking about? Gabbert couldn’t push the assistant equipment manager off the team. Garrard did better in the preseason last year than Gabby while his back was injured and going up against better defenses.

    Gabbert was given the job last year and had a much worse QB rating than Tebow, lol. Yeah he’s really pushing guys off the team instead of the Jags GM getting rid of competition for his prized top 10 pick.

  26. phishfan520 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:53 PM

    QB’S WHO’VE WON SB’S:
    E. Manning, Rodgers, Brees, Rothlistburger, P.Manning.

    QB’S WHO LOST SB’S IN LAST 5 YRS:
    Brady, Rothlistburger, P. Manning, Warner, Grossman.

    (here’s the cool part, wait for it….)

    ****NONE OF THEM WON A HEISMAN OR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!********

    Jim Plunkett was last to win both.
    Stop doubting Tannehill. He already knows the offense trust me. Its like when you were 16, knew how to drive in your mind but just needed to see it from behind the wheel. I will say that he needs four things all those QB’s had when they won the SB:
    1. Good O Line
    2. Great or sufficent run game
    3. #1 reciever OR great supporting cast of WR’s
    4. Defensive strong enough to stop drives.

    I think we may have it this year gentlemen, at least a wildcard, with the pats and buffalo being the crucial games only. Sorry Jets fans, Tebow beat you but will bring you agony. I know you dont thinks so but especially if we get Long and Martin to co habitate. We’re also staring down the business end of the 18th weakest schedule ranking we have this year. Pats and buffalo, at least one win on each? wow! we got a shot. Also, SOMEONE from last year will not make the playoffs again. new blood in.

  27. FinFan68 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:39 PM

    They might just be giving Garrard an honest look with the first team. He is aging and has back issues. His production was rarely better than average. I think they are just giving him a look while they contemplate a trade with the Browns for a much younger Colt McCoy. I’d take him as a back-up to Tannehill for next year and beyond. Moore will likely be a free agent after this year because he knows Tannehill will eventually start. The Tannehill/McCoy QB situation would be far better than what they have had the last decade.

  28. spankygreen says: Jun 19, 2012 3:41 PM

    bphoward

    @spankygreen

    Heisman Trophy voting really says a lot about how a QB will pan out in the pros… just ask Gino Torretta, Danny Wuerffel, Chris Weinke, and Matt Leinart, among others, how that worked out for them.

    True, but if you are not even on the radar as being 3rd or 4th best QB in that particular voting sequence, how in the hell can you all of a sudden be ready and able to lead an NFL team. …….

  29. shackdelrio says: Jun 19, 2012 3:56 PM

    “cobibones13 says:
    Jun 19, 2012 2:29 PM
    for the Dolphin fans out there, if you want your team to win you want Garrard as your QB. Just look at what they’ve already done in the NFL. Moore was okay last year with a perennial pro bowler in Brandon Marshall. Without him he’ll be more like what he was in Carolina. Garrard succeeded with crap WRs his whole career in Jacksonville.”

    Succeeded? He hasn’t led a team to a playoff appearance in 5 years. That is success?

  30. thepragmaticcowboy says: Jun 19, 2012 3:57 PM

    @spankygreen –

    I have never before come in to just blast someone else’s post, but I can’t restrain myself.

    1) Kevin Kolb was never a free agent. He was traded by the Eagles to the Cardinals.
    2) Matt Moore never played with Green Bay.
    3) What the heck does Blaine Gabbert have to do with the Dolphins?

    Other than that, your analysis is spot-on…

  31. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jun 19, 2012 10:24 PM

    Good for you, David Garrard.

    I thought my team should have picked you up last year.

    I’ll be looking forward to he and Chad Ochocinco becoming the ‘feel good’ comeback story of this season.

  32. jwreck says: Jun 20, 2012 12:21 PM

    silverbleedblack says: Jun 19, 2012 2:28 PM
    So you are saying it makes the most sense to give the guy with the most snaps in the NFL more reps because they have tape on Moore from last year? Moore was in the top half of the league last year, and his passer rating would have been a lot higher if Marshall hadn’t dropped 6 TDs. I am not saying Moore is all-pro, but he is clearly a better option this year than an old time game manager.
    __________
    Yes, in a way. Matt Moore is a known quantity, David Garrard is not. Matt Moore as of June 20, 2012 is probably very similar to Matt Moore as of January 1, 2012. No one knows what condition Garrard is in. If Garrard looks like a hall-of-famer, then groovy, but if Garrard looks like my grandma, then they can go ahead, cut him, and simplify the QB situation in South Beach. The most likely scenario for the Dolphins is that Matt Moore will start for the majority of the ’12-’13 season. However, that does not mean that he should not be the first guy to get a look in camp. Camp is about taking players for a test drive.

    Matt Moore is a solid, reliable, ’06 Toyota Camry. It’s a good car, you know exactly what it’s going to do, and it’s probably the car you’re going to end up with. David Garrard is the funky old ’73 Cadillac DeVille sitting in the back of the lot. You don’t even know if the engine works, but it could be an awesome find. Doesn’t it make more sense to test drive the Caddy first before settling into the known quantity of the Camry?

  33. mptapp says: Jun 20, 2012 4:22 PM

    Dolphins have been too much “trying to win 8 games” since Wanstedt. We need vision. What’s better for the team in 2-3 years? It’s not Garrard, it wasn’t Manning, and it probabably not Moore either.

    The question is, how do we best prepare a QB of the future? Get Tannehill some experience at times when he’s likely to be successful, and build a quality offense around him. It seems like some time on the bench benefits most young QBs, but that may be due to lack of familiarity with the play book, which he does not suffer from.

    8&8 keeps a team mediocre. I’m not saying try to lose, but have the guts to plan for the future!

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