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Garrard: Jets promised open competition

David Garrard AP

David Garrard believed the Jets were giving him a chance to win the starting quarterback job.

But he was certain his bad knee wasn’t going to give him a chance to keep it.

Garrard, who has decided to retire, said this morning on SiriusXM radio he realized during OTAs his knee wasn’t going to allow him to last.

“My knee never got back to the point where I could go out and be fully healthy and compete,” Garrard said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “I didn’t want to put the team in a tough spot knowing that I wouldn’t be healthy enough to play everyday.”

Of course, anyone who has paid attention to Garrard, who hasn’t thrown a pass in a game since 2010, should have known this was the inevitable outcome. The Dolphins job was on a platter for him last year, and he couldn’t hold up physically.

But with the Jets, he was a legitimate option, which speaks more to quarterbacks on hand than Garrard himself.

“The Jets told us it would be an open QB competition, . . . nobody was ever promised the starting job,” Garrard said.

It’s hard to imagine that if the Jets seriously considered letting Garrard start that Mark Sanchez has much of a shot. Drafting Geno Smith sealed that up for the long-term, but that day may come sooner now.

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14 Responses to “Garrard: Jets promised open competition”
  1. micknangold says: May 16, 2013 1:38 PM

    Drafting Smith in the 2nd round doesn’t seal up anything long term unless he performs. He fell into their lap and they need a QB. That’s the only reason he’s a Jet.

  2. thenew013 says: May 16, 2013 1:40 PM

    i was so peed off when jags released garrard now i wish i could go back and bite my tongue. i still think if he was healthy he would be better than gabbert but i wish him the very best in his post nfl life. please dont end up like jimmy.

  3. bornking24 says: May 16, 2013 1:57 PM

    So that’s the new excuse for QBs. Not wanting to play for a team? LOL!

  4. FinFan68 says: May 16, 2013 2:01 PM

    Garrard was a decent player but his injuries in the past seemed to impact his ethics. He had a bad back and tried to hide it from Jax (cut) and Miami but it didn’t work and he did not get retained/signed. That forced him to have surgery and miss 2011. In 2012 he hurt his knee at a family BBQ but claimed it was injured in practice in an effort to get put on IR or swing an injury settlement (don’t think that worked either). At least this time he was up front with the Jets. Contrary to the viewpoint in the article, Garrard would have had a difficult time winning the job over Moore and/or Tannehill in Miami. He would have been a placeholder in NY, IF he could have beaten the rookie. (I think it’s obvious they want somebody other than Sanchez no matter how much he is paid)

  5. btowngetsdown says: May 16, 2013 2:10 PM

    The Jets have an absolute gauntlet of a schedule early to midway through the season: Falcons, Steelers, Patriots, Bengals, Saints, Bills & Ravens. If the Jets win 2 of those games, that would be a surprising success.

    I’d be surprised if the decision-makers would put Geno Smith into that situation. More likely they let Sanchez take that beating, then put in Smith (if ever) when the schedule eases up after that 7 game stretch.

  6. jshipolito says: May 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    Its hard believe anything coming out of the Jets camp.

  7. whatnojets says: May 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    btowngetsdown says:
    May 16, 2013 2:10 PM
    The Jets have an absolute gauntlet of a schedule early to midway through the season: Falcons, Steelers, Patriots, Bengals, Saints, Bills & Ravens. If the Jets win 2 of those games, that would be a surprising success.

    ———————————————-

    The Jet can beat the Falcons, Steelers, Bengals, Saints and the Bills eyes closed

  8. deltszp says: May 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    Tebow might come back?

  9. baselman1974 says: May 16, 2013 3:01 PM

    Jets in pure rebuilding mode. Sanchez isn’t the future. Cut him and deal with cap hit. It was Tannebaum’s stupidity to extend him.
    Jets need to move on and have money under cap when they are ready to compete, which isn’t this year.

  10. whitdog23 says: May 16, 2013 3:04 PM

    OMG! suspense is killing me. which team is garrard going to retire with??
    it’s such an important decision (insert sarcasm)

  11. mfb73 says: May 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    “The Jets told us it would be an open QB competition, . . . nobody was ever promised the starting job,” Garrard said.

    ……they said something similar before to a man named Tebow. Wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw’em, and if I’m Sanchez, that’s not very far.

  12. maximusprime107 says: May 16, 2013 3:39 PM

    Garrard was a pretty decent QB in this league when healthy. Wish he could have held up he would have made the Jets competitive this season

  13. petedutcher says: May 16, 2013 4:40 PM

    Personally I think Sanchez is good enough to be a starter…and is still the best QB on the Jets. Of course, I’m wishing the Jets would release him nust so he can prove himself with a team that is not a total joke.

  14. jessethegreat says: May 17, 2013 6:48 PM

    Going to laugh when Sanchez has his Derek Anderson year this year and the Yets buy in and give him another overloaded contract and he returns to his career norms the following year

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