Former Jaguars quarterback David Garrard told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that he’s almost fully recovered from back surgery that kept him out of the 2011 season. Now he’s ready to return to the league.
GarrardHe said he’d be OK with a backup role provided he finds the right situation, and spelling out the right situation included a jab at Jacksonville over a roster deficiency that didn’t make it the right situation:
“I’m going to make sure whatever team I go to has talent at the skill positions, so when my name is called I’ve got the best guys around me that are all proven. That city, the fans, the team itself, the skill players, the coaches, the system, all those things I get to take in account and weigh my options.
When his career with the Jaguars petered out, Garrard supporters and detractors battled over that issue. Was he a good quarterback suffering from a lack of weapons and protection or was he a quarterback not doing enough to help his weapons and protection fare better.
A year removed from Garrard, the Jaguars offense clearly suffers from all those issues -- Blaine Gabbert is coming off an incredibly poor rookie season, during which he had no consistent weapons to throw to and insufficient protection.
New coach Mike Mularkey and his staff are charged with improving Gabbert’s game while contributing to the front office’s effort to find upgrades at receiver and improve the protection by a line that run-blocked well for Maurice Jones-Drew.
Garrard should be able to find work in a league where quarterback depth is an issue. If and when he gets his chance to play again, we’ll have a new occasion to discuss the caliber of his weapons, and his play.