With HBO’s Hard Knocks featuring the Miami Dolphins this coming season, ex-Jaguars quarterback David Garrard will be battling it out with Matt Moore and rookie 8th pick Ryan Tannehill for the starting quarterback job in Miami. Garrard has considerably more experience than Moore and is more polished than Tannehill. With ex-Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin taking over the head coaching job in Miami, whomever can run a pass-first offense the best will get the nod.
Garrard was well liked during his four years starting for the Jaguars from 2007-2010. His outstanding play in the 2007 season and development in 2008 had hope for the Jaguars and helped open the window for playoff success. Unfortunately the window did not last long. Garrard’s up and down play did not help, especially during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Garrard was always a stand up act with the Jaguars and could provide great guidance for the young quarterbacks in Miami, no matter whether he gets the starting job or not. Blaine Gabbert could have done with more veteran guidance in his first season starting this past year, but Garrard was cut a week before the season started and Luke McCown did little more than provide polish in practice.
As Hard Knocks follows the inevitable quarterback battle developing in Miami, it will be fun to see the next stage in Garrard’s career develop. I wish him all the best as he battles off the younger competitors- even when the Dolphins play the Jaguars on December 16th.
– Luke N. Sims
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