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So David Garrard saga wasn't about money

There is one side's story. There is the other side's story. And there is the truth.

And, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

I am the idiot always trying to chase the truth while both sides often run for cover or tell different versions of the same story. Such is the David Garrard saga.

As you know, the common thinking as to why the Dolphins did not land Garrard this week is because they would not guarantee certain portions of his contract or would not meet certain contract requests. This version of the story comes from Garrard's agent who spoke with The Herald, the NFL Network and ESPN and gave that general accounting as the reason his client did not join the Dolphins.

[Update Sunday, Oct. 9: Garrard sure enough echoes these sentiments in an ESPN report meant to respond to this report. (Glad I could set thing in motion for the World Wide Leader). In the report, Garrar is quoted as saying the Dolphins "were not willing to guarantee me the kind of money that reflects a real commitment and what I believe would protect me from being cut twice in one season.]

This version, by the way, enraged Dolphins fans because it made their team look ridiculous. It made the Dolphins seem cheap. It made the Dolphins look like they had thrown in the towel on the 2011 season after losing four games and starting quarterback Chad Henne.

This version, I am now quite certain, is not accurate.

I am hearing from multiple team sources that, in fact, the reason Garrard is not on the Dolphins today has nothing to do with money. I'm told that if Garrard wanted his base salary guaranteed, the Dolphins would have done that. I'm told that although reports are Garrard would have played for $1 million, the club might have gone to three times that amount and "probably" paid it.

I'm told that the reason the Dolphins didn't get Garrard is, in fact, because he simply didn't feel like playing right now. Garrard apparently talked to the team and showed no great desire to play. He is, according to this version of the story, quite content sitting out this season, spending time with his family, and hitting free agency next March.

This version of things is obviously much more logical because it wouldn't make a ton of sense for the Dolphins to balk at paying Garrard $1 million guaranteed when his veteran minimum for signing is $910,000 anyway. I cannot see how any team would refuse to sign a good player because of the prorated portion of $90,000. That just doesn't pass the sniff test.

But here's the thing, neither does it pass muster that Garrard has turned into a total couch potato. So I did a little bit more digging, more pressing. And the next version of the story I was told is ...

Garrard sure enough wasn't all that enthusiastic about playing right now -- but mostly because the team that came calling has such little chance of winning as the 0-4 Dolphins do. If, say, the 3-1 New England Patriots suddenly lost Tom Brady and needed a starting QB, he'd be on a plane in a heartbeat.

[From the ESPN report: Garrard also sounds like a guy that I'm told got on the phone with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and himmed and hawed and didn't sound enthusiastic at all about playing in Miami. He speaks of his wife being 13 weeks pregnant (congrats, sir). He wonders if coach Tony Sparano is going to be fired in a couple of weeks. He speaks of not being familiar with a situation in which he comes in cold and is expected to help turn a team around. "I'm one man," he says.]

So yeah, Garrard sounds unenthusiastic about playing with Miami. You simply don't want someone on your team that isn't 100 percent certain he wants to be there -- particularly in these tough times.

So now that covers the gamut of explanations and counter-explanations why Garrard was not signed by the Dolphins this week. I'm not certain which part of all that is really, truly the truth. Again, the folks telling me this stuff don't want to offend each other, don't want to even contradict each other publicly although they do it for a living privately.

I don't care about any of that. I do care about this:

I'm now quite comfortable telling you money was not the reason the Dolphins did not get David Garrard. You can rest easy knowing that your team is not going around like a hobo offering a used toothbrush as payment to quarterbacks wanting million-dollar contracts for their services.

The Dolphins were, in fact, in the game financially on this one had it been a financial issue to overcome. It simply wasn't. At least not exclusively.

That is the truth.

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Garrard sucks.He worse than Henne.

Can you blame the guy for not wanting to come play for a losing organization?

Yeah, NY "G", but do you have an opinion on whether the League should be allowing this or not?

Internet is not for judging, odin, but to analyze.

anyone remember sparano imploring the fans to attend this seasons games saying "we will win with or without the fans!" ?????? ross wants your money;he is a businessman,not a fan. we've been con'd.

Garrard sucks.He worse than Henne.
Posted by: Mike Gentile | October 07, 2011 at 10:31 PM


Nobody is worse than Henne. Henne tricks you into thinking he is good, but never plays good enough to win. It's evil.

If Miami doesn't get Luck, the next 2 guys in line are Landry Jones and Matt Barkley. Kellen Moore rates as a late first, early 2nd guy. I like Griffin III a lot, but most people say he will stay for senior season and will need to sit for a year or 2 because of the system they run. Landry Jones would be a good get if not Luck. He actually grades out better than Bradford did coming out according to Kiper and Mcshea. Of course it's early, Newton wasn't on Antibes board this time last year.

“It’s a blow,” tight end Anthony Fasano said.

“But it’s the National Football League. Stuff happens.”

Seems like Fasano could careless if Henne was playing or not.

oscar canosa, I do NOT want an NBA style Lottery or ANY other lottery for the NFL.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

As far as teams tanking on purpose goes the Dolphins just plane suck and they are sinking.

I believe that Soprano and his staff actually are the worst. I place blame starting with Wayne Huizenga when he hired that POS Tuna parcels.

He was the captain of the ship and built the team as he knew and failed.

parcells was a loser with the Jets and Pats and has NEVER won without belichick.

Well, you know the old saying... What's the difference between the Titanic and the Miami Dolphins? The Titanic at least had a band...


oscar canosa, I do NOT want an NBA style Lottery or ANY other lottery for the NFL.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Posted by: NY "G" | October 07, 2011 at 10:54 PM


When teams begin to have more motivation to lose that to win, in order to get a higher draft pick, well then it is broke.

I think it also stinks and is bad sportsmanship that playoff teams rest their players late in the season and give away games. This ends up skewing the entire playoff picture. The Jets got in two years ago only because their opponents intentionally tanked their last two games to rest players. Remember they pulled Manning out in the 3rd quarter? No way Jets would have won that game otherwise.

It is broke. The need to fix it.

You still don't answer my question, NY "G". What is your opinion on the League allowing Teams to tank their seasons. What's your Fear, do you work for any of them? It's only opinions here, you know?

Oscar comebola no one wants to answer you fool.

1300 The Zone in Austin, Texas reported the NFL Draft Lottery story.

Got to love how some retards here cut sentences to make one! What I meant was that it is Yom Kippur for some,atonement! Let's Us Miami Dolphins fans reconcile the past and embrace the future. Incredule how manipulating We humans can be even among Our ranks

In Internet, when someone denigrates your valid opinion and on top insults you, you let them. There are probably hundreds of thousands reading the interchange and sure as hell they will form an opinion(whether they write it or not).

Incredible! Have I strayed into a KKK rally? Is that Hank Williams Jr. I here? Can't tell they're all wearing white hooded pointy masks.


“It’s a blow,” tight end Anthony Fasano said.

“But it’s the National Football League. Stuff happens.”

Seems like Fasano could careless if Henne was playing or not.


Posted by: Tony Suckrano | October 07, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Yeah, I thought the same thing when I read that.

I don't like Fasano, I think he sucks as a no. 1, but I have to admit, I got a chuckle out of it-LOL!

See what I mean, Ozkar by calling others retards have made those Others form an opinion about him.


odinseye:

Here's Wiki on Hoke:

Brady Hoke (born November 3, 1958) is the head football coach at the University of Michigan. He is in his first season. He grew up in Ohio and attended Ball State University where he played linebacker from 1977 to 1980. He began his coaching career in 1982 and held assistant coaching positions at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984–1986), Toledo (1987–1989), Oregon State (1989–1994) and Michigan (1995–2002). He left Michigan in December 2002 to become the head football coach at his alma mater, Ball State. In six years at Ball State, Hoke was credited with turning around the football program. In 2008, he led the Ball State football team to a 12–1 record and the first appearance in the Associated Press Top 25 (peaking at No. 12) in school history. In December 2008, Hoke was hired as the head football coach at San Diego State University. He led the 2010 San Diego State Aztecs football team to the school's first nine-win season since 1971 and a victory over Navy in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl. Hoke was hired as Michigan's head football coach on January 11, 2011.

He sounds like a real motivator, It's chancy taking a college coach and seeing if he can make nthe transition to NFL Head Coach. I would like to see some NFL assistant coaching experience, but that's not a deal-breaker. Main thing, if I'm Ross and I have a slight interest, just show up at a practice. Act like
your just there to rub elbows with old college alumni buddies. But watch and keep your eyes and ears opem. Jim Harbaugh isn't doing bad with SF, but did he have NFL experience?


Posted by: stillhardcoredolphinsfan |

Motivator is the key word. That should be the #1 quality Dolphins ownership looks for in the search for a savior. MOTIVATOR!!!! I will give up an edge with NFL coaching experience for a true motivator!!

If We could ALL take a second and recollect the first int of some of you-alls precious Henne this year, was a terrible pass to Anthony Fasano. He knowns like most true Miami Dolphins have known .Chad Henne has been inept.Good Riddance!

Ball State and San Diego State are not the same as Stanford, hardcorefan. Same as Tony Sparano's New Haven.

You HAVE to follow Internet protocol otherwise you will be written out by Most.

GN.

Corre cobarde!!!

Ozkar,

Take it easy. I pointed out that one should be careful in how they judge others. Isn't that redemption in itself?

BTW, Sunday is Leif Erikson Day!

We will be having and end of the season BLOW OUT BASH in honor of the very first European to set foot in the Americas!

Bonfire, Booze and Women, the whole SHE-Bang!!!!

PS: I think it's some punk a ss shyt what the NFL has decided to do over Hank Williams very TRUE and FUNNY statements!

Goodell can suck my Donkey Dick!

ValHalla!!!!

Was I just censored? Is there un gran hermano watching over Us?

Anybody else notice how the amount of success of rookie QB's seems to mirror the rest of talent on the team they go to.

Ryan went to a team with Turner & Roddy...
Flacco went to a team with a great D...
Stafford went to a team that drafted 1st or 2nd 4 times in a row...
Sanchez went to a team with equal parts bs & talent...
Bradford went to a s h I t t y team like ours. And he's having a s h i t t y time of it.


Neither Luck nor Jones are coming here. Neither is Cowher, Gruden or Fisher.
There is no stockpile of draft picks cleverly accumulated.
There is no free agent that wants to play here.

p.s. I swallow with PRIDE! SheMale, HeMale, MeMale! LOL! Yeyahhhh!

Valhalla!


Ball State and San Diego State are not the same as Stanford, hardcorefan. Same as Tony Sparano's New Haven.

Posted by: oscar canosa | October 07, 2011 at 11:46 PM


This is true Oscar, but he's also turned around Michigan ALREADY. Not to mention div II Grand Valley State and Western Michigan, before San Diego.

I don't know if it will translate in the NFL, but he's had the Midas Touch in MANY, MANY college programs.

Mark Columbo is better than every guard on our roster that is why Carey was moved.
Olshansky, twice released and not sober leapfrogged our whole d-line depth chart and has been our most productive player on defense.

That means we have players on our roster that are not NFL quality players but get to be here because we have to have 53 on roster.

PriceMaster

Well, huh? You forgot your favorite words! BackDoor and HO-MO!

Don't hide the feeling!

Yeyahhhhhhh!

Awwwwwriiightttt Miami!

I don't want Cowher,Fisher nor Gruden.Retreads. More Jimmy Johnson's and Bill Parcel's.No mas. Youngbloods with attitude and knowledge.

Blog Hit Troll,

Come on man, you want some more "exposure" and Punishment.

Your dumb a ss can't be serious, WHY man, WHY?

People are getting tired of watching me school you day in and day out and frankly, so am I.

Now be a good little troll, change your name and FVCK with somebody else for a change.

Forget the box, just shine the knob-PUNK!

to be or not TO BE .
MAMA MARIA MAKING MEATBALLS RIGHT NOW .

odin your game is old. You write this crazy sheeet and then pretend some ghost troll did it. Everyone sees through it.

Get a life. Or a boyfriend,

You heard him...start shining the knob punkus!

all viking people have boyfriend ,

Aloco, are those meatballs being made with a mix of ground turkey and ground beef?

I need some witnesses here.

I've been in and out all night and haven't had a cross word with anyone.

As usual this punk starts it off by impostering me. But if you listen to his retarded a ss tell it, I'm the Bully?

PS: Just for the record, my ex-Josie Schmoe started it up with me today as well. She took the first shot. I noticed that other than you and her you didn't have much sucess with your coalition.

Eat Me!!!!

Here's the thing. We have had PlENTY of chances to draft a franchise QB since Dan Marino retired. We have missed on EVERY one! Aaron Rodgers. He was the player we madly missed on. Best player in football in my opinion. The franchise needs to adapt a winning attitude, a mental toughness. Who's the leader of this team? Or the captain? The voice? On sundays, they should want to punch someone in the mouth, not hide in the locker room.

oscar canosa:

As Odinseye said above, the guy is having success with one program after another. The transition to the NFL may be a challenge, but he appears to be a smart individual as evidenced by his success in turning around one program after another. Key word: The guy MUST be a MOTIVATOR! Something this franchise SORELY needs. Tell you what, if he started this season coaching our Dolphins, can you n=honestly say he would have done worst at this poit? I could have the same record coaching the Dolphins as Tony! I can guearantee you if I was there, Ricky would still be on the team, Columbozo would be riding the bench, and Bush would be @ 12 - 15 touches per game in space. Ryan baker would still be on the team and Merling's ass would be riding pine. Brandon Marshall? Riding PINE, big-time PINE every other series while I alternated Moore, Wallace and Gates to see who wanted to be the top-dog WR. Sparano may know football, but his motivation and clock-management skills are sorely lacking to put it mildly. Whoever we bring in to coach next year, I hope he is one motivating, son-of-a-bit.ch!!

I can give you one reason why David Garrard would rather sit on his couch...Marc Colombo.

Anyone dropping back to pass with this turnstile attempting to block for you must see their career flash before their eyes.

It all starts with the coach and the front office. Having a high draft position in this draft will appeal to alot of potential coaches. As many have commented, there are a lot of talent to be gotten at the coach and QB positions. We all agree that we do not have the proper personnel in those positions currently. The next draft has alot of talent at QB outside of Luck. The main ting is to get an innovative coach that can work with a competent GM that can provide plausible talent. We don't have to get Luck; although he may be the second coming, the most important aspect of a team is that the team is a team. The ability to put a team on the field falls on the coaching staff. The quality of the personnel the staff has to work with falls on the GM. Good personnel improperly used is worse than inferior players maximized.


I can guearantee you if I was there, Ricky would still be on the team, Columbozo would be riding the bench, and Bush would be @ 12 - 15 touches per game in space.

Posted by: stillhardcoredolphinsfan | October 08, 2011 at 12:43 AM

I agree with your entire post except for this one sentence.

I would've kept Ricky and Bush would be getting the ball in space.

Colombo would never have been allowed on the property!


Columbo...umm yeah, he did some good things out there today, he had some challenges, umm you know, yeah he was winning some out there, yeah and ummm, he got about 36 reps which is good, and ummm you know he was out there a lot you know

Yeah, if I saw Columbo walking into TE facility I'd hit the buffalo wild wings button and trip him up with the sprinklers until he broke a leg... He sucks baaaaad

I hate that commercial by the way...it gets too much air time

Dolphins fans were "enraged" by the idea that they might not have wanted to pay Garrard?

That might have enraged *some* fans, Mando. However, every Dolphins fan I know was angry that Dolphins even ATTEMPTED to get a better quarterback. Everyone I know wants to see us lose, and getting David Garrard could have prevented the losses from continuing.

Yes, me and my circle of friends have tickets on the Suck For Luck Train.

As painful as it is for me to say this as a longtime Dolphin fan, being awful is the only way out of our situation right now. Therefore, I am thanking god that David Garrard isn't on this team.

Dude I don't even have a reason to watch the rest of the season.

odin your game is old. You write this crazy sheeet and then pretend some ghost troll did it. Everyone sees through it.

Get a life. Or a boyfriend,

Posted by: jrjr2 | October 08, 2011 at 12:34 AM

By My count there's about a dozen people tired of your Drunk/drug induced babble, But keep on thinking its only one person.

odinseye:

That would be better than his a.s taking up space on the sideline, I agree. Just what is this regime's infatuation with their last job? Who is their confidante over there? If I was a betting man, I would bet it's probably an equipment manager, or janitor telling them what "he knows" for a few bucks here and there. You know, like Huggy Bear!

odinseye:

That would be better than his a.s taking up space on the sideline, I gree. Just what is this regime's infatuation with their last job? Who is their confidante over there? If I was a betting man, I would bet it's probably an equipment manager, or janitor telling them what "he knows" for a few bucks here and there. You know, like Huggy Bear!

You know a good play caller would recognize the up-field rush coming off of the right side in obvious passing downs. Instead of supplying rush support to that side( a tackle playing to his side); HE WOULD RUN PLAYS THAT WOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT PLAYER BEING OUT OF POSITION. For example, traps, delayed draws, TE pops, off tackle with a full back lead. There are many other plays that would help that tackle not be constantly burned. If they do not respect the pass protection of that player, they would respect possibillity the play called would put them out of position.

BTW, I was just agreeing with jrjr2 about that guy that we need to get rid of.

JUST HADE MY MEETBALL SUB IT WAS DELIOUS,WHY ALL HATE ON THE DRUNKEN ODEN,HE IS A GREAT POSTER EARLY IN THE AFTERNONE BUT GETS DRUNK AT 6 PM THEN HE ALL OVEWR PLACE.AT LAEST HE DONT WANT CHINA MAN COWER,PINS COULDNT GET HIM ANYWAH HES UNDER CONTRACT WITH OPRAH ON APE ISLAND WHERE HE SERVES PINA COLADAS.

Huggy Bear-ROTFLMAO!!!!

Badger, the problem is, their not smart enough to realize what a liability Colombo is in the first place. So they sure as heck can't figure out how to mask his lack of abilities.

Pretty said when yo think about it. You and I can see it. We can even come up with viable ways to get around it. BUT, they've seen the tape on Colombo. THEY know better than everyone else.
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By My count there's about a dozen people tired of your Drunk/drug induced babble, But keep on thinking its only one person.

Posted by: Coalition to rid this blog of odineye | October 08, 2011 at 01:17 AM

One person? I never said it was one person! I said it was you and your retarded little brother "Smalls" ;p

Pretty Good........ain't EYE ;p


Dude, You know you've been posting since 12:30 this afternoon?Dude get a life or take yours, but please leave.PLEASE.

A New Anti-Odi.

Well, I think I've been pretty coherent when you consider I've been sipping on Bourban since early afternoon.

No drugs to speak of, but man I wouldn't mind a little "Commute With Nature" right about now(saving it for the Leif Erikson Bash Sunday).

I think Brady Hoke deserves a shot somewhere. I wouldn't mind Fisher or even Singletary either.

But Cowher and Gruden are just too old and jaded in their cushy jobs. Their washed up, the game has passed them up.


ValHalla!!!!

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