Seahawks: Head Coach Pete Carroll rules out possible David Garrard In A Seahawks Uniform
Remember when David Garrard used to tell everyone that he was “as good as Michael Vick” during his days in Jacksonville backing up Byron Leftwich?
He always had an inflated opinion of himself.
However, based on the fallout after the Jags cut him yesterday, maybe the rest of the NFL likes Garrard just as much as he does.
Garrard had enjoyed four straight pseudo-productive seasons as the Jags’ starting quarterback, throwing for at least 2,500 yards and 15 touchdowns each time.
He was thought to be back in 2011 to keep the seat warm for eventual starter Blaine Gabbert. But Jack Del Rio suddenly brought the axe down and released the veteran signalcaller yesterday.
The Jags will roll with Luke McCown as their temporary starter rather than paying an extra $9 million this season.
Low and behold, teams are supposedly lining up for Garrard’s services. He had offers from three teams within hours of becoming a free agent. The three names most commonly mentioned: Dolphins, 49ers…and Seahawks.
Tarvaris Jackson struggled mightily this preseason and Charlie Whitehurst is still just a glorified backup.
Seahawks fans immediately started clamoring for Garrard to take over and give the team a stable, veteran presence under center.
But the rumor turned out to be just that: a rumor. When asked today if the Seahawks would make a quarterback upgrade, Pete Carroll said: “No. There will be none.”
“Carl Smith coached him for a long time,” Carroll said of Garrard. “We know him really well and he’s a really good football player and I have a lot for respect for him, but we’re very set with what we’re doing at quarterback.”
The Seahawks are stuck with Jackson. To me, the decision isn’t a vote of confidence for Jackson.
It’s a vote of confidence for Andrew Luck. I sincerely wonder if the Seahawks have assessed their roster, decided they won’t be competitive this year, and are already hoping to land Luck first overall in 2012.
Garrard would probably help them win a couple extra games if he joined the team and could knock Seattle out of the top draft position.
If I’m a betting man (Oh Guess What – I am), I’m watching the Dolphins and 49ers as the actual destination. The crazy darkhorse: the Indianapolis Colts, depending on how badly hurt Peyton Manning is.