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Mr_Tomahawk
02-16-2012, 07:10 AM
30 FAs in 30 Days: David Garrard
By Josh Looney

Today's featured player is former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard

NFL free agency begins Tuesday, March 13th at 3:00 PM (CST). With the Chiefs looking to improve depth and competition across their roster, KCChiefs.com will preview 30 potential free agents in the 30 days leading up to the start of free agency. Up today is former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard (5/30).

NAME: David Garrard
POSITION: Quarterback

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1, 236

COLLEGE: East Carolina

GP/GS: 86/76

AGE/EXPEREINCE: 34/9 seasons

BACKGROUND: The manner in which David Garrard won and lost the Jaguars starting quarterback job came in the same headline-making fashion.

In August of 2007, just as Jacksonville’s preseason had concluded, former head coach Jack Del Rio announced that Garrard had beaten out incumbent starter Byron Leftwich. The Jaguars released Leftwich the next day and Garrard became the team’s starting quarterback for the next four seasons.

This past September, just days before the start of the regular season, Del Rio made a similar announcement regarding Garrard. The Pro Bowler was released and Jacksonville’s starting job went to backup Luke McCown before eventually going to first-round draft pick Blain Gabbert.

Upon his release, Garrard became a hot commodity across the league and drew immediate interest from several clubs. It was later revealed that Garrard had suffered a back injury during training camp and required season-ending back surgery.

Originally drafted by Tom Coughlin as the successor to veteran quarterback Mark Brunnell, Garrard finished his run in Jacksonville with a 39-37 record as a starter. His best season came in 2007 when he threw for 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions to post a 102.2 quarterback rating. He was an AFC Pro Bowl selection as recently as the 2009 season.

AVAILABILITY: After sitting out the entire 2011 campaign, Garrard’s agent says his client is healthy and available.

“David is confident that he’ll be ready in four to six weeks,” agent Albert Irby said yesterday via NFL.com. “He is open to all teams and any situation that makes sense for him and the team. He will take a backup position, or starting position. It depends on the situation.”

Since Garrard did not end the 2011 season under contract, he won’t have to wait until March 13th to sign with a team. He’s available to acquire right now.

Currently, the free agent market for quarterbacks isn’t deep. If Garrard is truly healthy he likely won’t find gaining employment a difficult task.

COACHING CONNECTIONS: The Chiefs have no coaches with ties to Jacksonville or East Carolina, therefore no one on staff has previous experience working with Garrard.

The closest connecting between Garrard and the Chiefs staff is new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Last October, Miami reached out to Garrard following an injury to starting quarterback Chad Henne. Daboll was serving as Miami’s offensive coordinator at the time.

Regardless of Daboll’s involvement/non-involvement in that pursuit, a deal wasn’t reached with the Dolphins and Garrard opted for back surgery.

WHY HE FITS: The Chiefs have said they’ll look to increase competition at the quarterback position in 2012 and Garrard would provide a veteran push for incumbent starter Matt Cassel. Garrard has not only proven he’s capable of winning games as a starter, but that experience would be a valuable asset in a backup role as well.

The 2012 off-season is not only important for Cassel, but it’s critical for Ricky Stanzi too. Adding or re-signing the right quarterback provides both short and long-term benefits.

KurtCobain
02-16-2012, 07:11 AM
Ugh, this would not be the competition I'm down for.

He is a probowler though. :)

KC_Lee
02-16-2012, 07:12 AM
Ugh, this would not be the competition I'm down for.

He is a probowler though. :)

Yeah, like Matt Cassell is a Pro Bowler.

Pass.

talastan
02-16-2012, 07:22 AM
Hey Looney Tunes!! **** you! :cuss:

Do not want Garrard.

KurtCobain
02-16-2012, 07:23 AM
Yeah, like Matt Cassell is a Pro Bowler.

Pass.

Thankyou, Captain Obvious.

Mr_Tomahawk
02-16-2012, 07:24 AM
Hey Looney Tunes!! **** you! :cuss:

Do not want Garrard.

The way these have been going, expect to be told how every FA would fit on this team...Jason Campbell. :(

Hydrae
02-16-2012, 07:53 AM
The way these have been going, expect to be told how every FA would fit on this team...Jason Campbell. :(

Um, I think that is the point of the entire series.

Mr_Tomahawk
02-16-2012, 07:55 AM
Um, I think that is the point of the entire series.

Yeah, I know.

People are getting upset over pitching to sign DG today...and I am saying get use to it because there will be more...worse.

Sofa King
02-16-2012, 08:01 AM
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Setsuna
02-16-2012, 08:28 AM
Ok spazes, Garrard would not be a good enough replacement for Cassel but he is better if you know how to use him. You would need a 8 ft receiver though for when he overthrows, which is 40% of the time.

bevischief
02-16-2012, 09:38 AM
Oh hell no...