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Report: Garrard will be 100% by spring

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08:04 AM ET 01.24 | Change is the name of the game in Jacksonville, where Blaine Gabbert assumed the starting job that was once held by David Garrard, Jack Del Rio was fired and the team was sold. But the Jaguars are no longer Garrard's problem. There was speculation that he might join the Dolphins after Chad Henne suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in October. It didn't happen, but not because Garrard "didn't feel like playing," but due to the fact that he needed surgery for a herniated disk in his back. According to ESPNChicago's Michael Wright, Garrard should be healed up and ready to go in a few months ... "David Garrard will be 100 percent healthy by end of March I'm told. Could be pretty good backup somewhere."

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January 24, 2012  09:06 AM ET

I'd take this dude as a backup.

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January 24, 2012  09:10 AM ET

There are worse QBs holding down starting jobs. I'd be interested to see what Garrard can do on a team with some decent receivers.

January 24, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

There are worse QBs holding down starting jobs. I'd be interested to see what Garrard can do on a team with some decent receivers.

+1

January 24, 2012  09:20 AM ET

The key word here is backup. I'd be fine with that. On the other hand, some foolish GM will sign this 33-year-old as his Quarterback of the Future.

January 24, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The key word here is backup. I'd be fine with that. On the other hand, some foolish GM will sign this 33-year-old as his Quarterback of the Future.

If I were drafting my QB of the Future, I'd take Garrard as a veteran stand-in for a year or two. The fact is, the Jags screwed themselves badly by cutting him. They wound up with the rushing champion and a top-five defense. The only thing that held them back was the utter lack of a passing game. Garrard would've been hard-pressed not to contribute more than Gabbert did.

January 24, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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If I were drafting my QB of the Future, I'd take Garrard as a veteran stand-in for a year or two. The fact is, the Jags screwed themselves badly by cutting him. They wound up with the rushing champion and a top-five defense. The only thing that held them back was the utter lack of a passing game. Garrard would've been hard-pressed not to contribute more than Gabbert did.

But Garrard couldn't play at all this season. He needed surgery.

January 24, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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But Garrard couldn't play at all this season. He needed surgery.

See? That's fewer INTs right there.

January 24, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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See? That's fewer INTs right there.

You're right! And I bet that's what Carson Palmer was doing too, before his plan was ruined by Oakland!

January 24, 2012  11:12 AM ET

Dallas, please look at this guy.

January 24, 2012  11:43 AM ET

His first move is to Stay away from Jacksonville!!!

January 24, 2012  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dallas, please look at this guy.

+1

January 24, 2012  03:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If I were drafting my QB of the Future, I'd take Garrard as a veteran stand-in for a year or two. The fact is, the Jags screwed themselves badly by cutting him. They wound up with the rushing champion and a top-five defense. The only thing that held them back was the utter lack of a passing game. Garrard would've been hard-pressed not to contribute more than Gabbert did.

The real reason that offense did as bad as it did wasnt Gabbert. The offensive coordinator, the line and the lack of talent as the wide receiver position was too much for any quarterback to overcome. Regardless of who it was

January 24, 2012  03:45 PM ET

Plenty of teams could use Garrard. I have no idea where he'd end up, but my top landing spots are:

1) Denver Broncos - John Elway is in a sticky situation with Tim Tebow. He can't exactly draft a quarterback to groom without alienating and enraging the Broncos fan base. So the best thing to do would be to bring in a backup who can take the wheel if Tebow doesn't develop into a good passer. Definitely a better situation than having to use Brady Quinn.

2) Carolina Panthers - Does anyone here think that, should Cam Newton go down, Derek Anderson or Jimmy Clausen could keep it going? Anyone? Anyone? I think that Garrard has enough left in the tank to be a good failsafe in that kind of emergency situation.

3) New York Giants - The Giants have proven that they have a team that can make it to the Super Bowl. This offseason, regardless of how the game turns out, I want a better backup than David Carr.

4) St. Louis Rams / Atlanta Falcons - Neither of them have backups worth mentioning.

5) Oakland Raiders - They love them some quarterbacks. Kidding.

January 24, 2012  03:51 PM ET
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The real reason that offense did as bad as it did wasnt Gabbert. The offensive coordinator, the line and the lack of talent as the wide receiver position was too much for any quarterback to overcome. Regardless of who it was

I agree the line didn't protect well and Jax (still) has no quality at WR, but a lot of incompletions came out of Gabbert slinging the ball too soon, and often off his back foot, in the face of the rush. Gabbert gets happy feet and doesn't let routes develop. Some of that comes back to poor protection and moving the pocket more would have helped, but the fact is he's too quick on the trigger because he doesn't want to get hit.

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January 24, 2012  08:32 PM ET
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Manning will end up a Jet.

You mean on a Jet Plane,no way he plays for that dysfunctional organization, Niners should be his first choice since Indy is going to have default on there bonus, he could play for pocket change!

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