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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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Who cares at this point,,I mean really?? There are more QB'a then Andrew Luck, who might stay in school for another yr so he wont have to sign with a bottom feader like the Dolphins. If I was looking at either signing with the Dolphins with no defense, no offensive line, I wouldnt sign, id stay in school and wait another yr. Or do what Eli Manning did who told to the Chargers "trade me cause Im not signing". The player has to have a say where he signs. Luck comes to Miami and has a carrer ending injury cause the OL SUCKS. Wheres Henne right about now??

"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"

And since when should anyone believe "Team Sources"..................

Any veteran QB signing would get around $900000 pro-rata for 12 games right?
Out of those 12 games the Offence is on the field on average 30 minutes.The QB is actually active probably 20 minutes in effect.
Therefore a QB back up who MAY NEVER get on the field of play is getting paid around $56000 for possibly at most 20 minutes work a week.
Says a lot about unemployed has been players like Garrard preferring to say on the couch.



Posted by: Smasher | October 08, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Great Link Smasher.....i've seen that done a few different ways....its ALWAYS funny......

That's a scary thought....

He'd rather not play for the Dolphins.

He picked his couch over a
1 MILLION dollar NFL salary
with a team that has lost it's first 4 games.


(believe me I'm kidding...)

It is true that S. Smith has never made a game-changing play since his 1st year when he made that one-handed interception. With that long wingspan. Who can understand this?

Posted by: oscar canosa | October 08, 2011 at 01:24 PM


That was in a preseason (practice) game of Poser Boy Fraud CBs first year.
Smith told as reported on the Palm Beach Post,
"I Had no idea where the ball was, I stuck my hand in the air and the ball landed on my glove"

Check the archives of the Palm Beach Post for verification.

So like Home stated Smith has NEVER made one game changing play in 3 yrs.

* Smith did give up MORE YDs per reception than ANY other starting NFL CB in the 2010 season

*Smith also did set a Miami Dolphin franchise record dropping (9) interceptions. (some statisticians have 11 dropped interceptions by Smith in the NFL 2010 season.


Last week Armando another blind sheep did an article on how sean smith would cover WR Vincent Jackson

well, ... in the first minutes of the game,
the first pass to Vincent Jackson,
Smith not only whiffed on covering Jackson, but

Smith ran into Y-Bell and tackled the safety, Bell (his own team mate)
Jackson easily caught the ball and ran for the longest TD reception of the 2011 season for San Diego

55 YDs against Smith on the first pass of the game!

Smith then ran into another of his own teammates,
Jimmy Wilson, who had an easy interception coming right into his hands, but

Here comes goofball Smith to not only run and crash into Wilson knocking him down, but again
touches the ball with both hands and DROPS IT ON THE GROUND!




3 YRS W sean smith & 3 LOSING SEASONS!


Stop The Sucking!




Print the TRUTH

sean smith cannot cover TEs, "big WRs, or any WRs ;(
cannot catch or make the big tackle

sean is a bust and u all fell for him
Hook, Line and Stinker ;(


Vincent Jackson while playing injured against CB sean smith and the Miami Dolphins embarrassed them for 108 YDS IN ONLY THE FIRST QUARTER!

After that the injured Jackson who did not practice most of the prior week was not targeted much do to possible reinjury

So do u really think WR Jackson was "afraid" of sean smith or coaches actually game plan around him

While Vontae Davis has made some key plays intercepting Tom Brady to Randy Moss twice in the end zone, Smith has only been embarrassed by Tmo Brady

Remember when Smith gave up the 84 YD reception to 3rd string WR Aiken on the Pats
Aiken caught the ball, knocked Smith to the ground, stepped on him, all while staying in bounds and ran over him towards the ensd zone for a TD
That was Brady's longest TD reception of the season at that point


Cribbs in the end zone had NO PROBLEM catching a winning TD over sean smith, even though sean smith was standing right next to him

Dolphins lose

Reports from Dolphin practice this week

Brian Hartline is tearing it up, "another day outplaying CB sean smith"

"Hartline scored another TD catching a ball, up and over sean smith"


Being too tall is actually a disadvantage for CBs
cuz they can not cover small fast WRS and obviously with the repeated dismal performance of sean smith offers NO ADVANTAGE to covering TEs or "big " WRs



From @davidgarrard9: "To all my loyal fans, I've been playing the football for over 25 years. I love it now more than ever. I can't wait to prove it..."


If Matt gets the w vs. The Wets maybe this team will turn it around! Let's go baby that man is a GAMER that strike to clay over the middle let's go fins go hard!

New GM, New Coach, New QB. 2012.

Can't Wait

My wish, New owner too.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!

Always wanted the Bye Week to come later in the season when players needed a rest.

It came mercifully at the right time last year when NE an NYJ torched us on special teams and put a beat down on us while the world watched.

It has come mercifully at the right this year with CH7 going down and MM8 needing some time with the first stringers.

P.S. To hell with Garrard.

We waited the whole off season for this? What a FKNG joke.

4 games into the season and all anyone can talk about is finishing worst in the league.

This organization does not deserve any fans. Not one. Season ticket holders should get their money back. Glad I wasn't so foolish.

Pile of crap top to bottom team. They should change the team colors to Brown and Yellow.

post my damn comment!

Walk with Christ in Obedience to His Words and He will Take Care of You !


I'm with you on that one.

Armando....this isn't directed at you....


THUMBS DOWN to the entire MIAMI HERALD for showing that truely TASTELESS photo of Al Davis.....

yeah really. what do the hurricants and suckphins have in common? they both fukn suck ass!


are there any photos of Al Davis that aren't tasteless?

I agree with you kris...I could not believe they actually used that photo. Al Davis is not my favorite person but my god he looks like he just survived a car crash. Show some respect Miami Herald for a guy who was truly a pioneer in the NFL. R.I.P. Al Davis.

Tampa Bay Fin Fan.....

My snetiments exactly.....

Mr. Davis....

There has to be one....right?


Garrard was beaton out by Mclown so that should speak volume on how unwilling he was to compete in Jacksonville...End Of Story!!!

Miami Threw in the towel for the season when they decided to get cheap in the offseason...

And honestly who wants to be playing in miami this season going nowhere at 0-4....Miamis front office made their bed on trying to make a unsuccessful team this year, now they get to reak the epic failure just like every fan of this team has gone through over the past few decades cheering for this team to WIN....

robert griffin III. over 82% comp. this year and he is 10 for 10 so far tonight.

I think its time to go back to the 4-3 defense. Our D dominated back in the 4-3 when we had zach and jt.


Our D back with Zach and JT stopped nobody when it mattered. They gave up endless 4th quarter drives. Never could stop anyone when the game was on the line. We don't need that.

Excellent point bk. Our personnel would support a 4-3. But do we have a coach that can coach it? Put Dansby on the outside and let out front four push the pocket instead of just anchor position. I would love to see the big men turned loose, but this regime would rather put reigns on it's players.

Too bad we don't have Zack and a JT in his prime...it wouldn't matter what defense we ran with this group of guys. We basically have the same group of guys as last year but they can't get it done. Gotta be the coaching...just saying

What's up losers?

I heard Andrew Luck sprained his throat in closed door meeting with O-line before game.
Anyone else hear that?

November 24 is going to be a dream of a day for Tony Sparano on this day the Phins play the Cowboys, this way Tony can scout a Dallas team like a Senior Bowl game and pick players on his way to the bathroom.

Drinking night. You guys know I'm only allowed once a week. Got 12 pack Becks; on number 5 now.

TBFF, Zack and JT were great back then, but I think a large part of their success was that they were allowed to maximize their talent. We are strong in talent in some positions; but I think our talent is miss guided. I also think that there is no presence of authority. Regardless of talent, if a player is a negative influence he should be shown the bench.

I've been thinking about the same thing. D was good last year. Add JT and Burnett now they are struggling.
Personally I think JT is the problem.

The problem with the Defense has been the same for the past three seasons...
.....they can't get off the field on third downs.....
...and it doesn't matter who the DC is... if the PLAYERS can't EXECUTE the scheme can't work!!!!!!!!!

...and that in a nutshell has been the reason for the fall-off in the Defense.....
....it's a personnel problem....AJ Edds was the only LB that showed an ability to get underneath the middle routes, and he was cut...

...go figure....

...so Andrew Luck or Landry or whomever...until that Defensive breach is solved, we will continue to lose games that should be wins.


I'm not pinpointing JT as the total problem, although his negative attitude is a contributing factor. I think he can be a positive influence, but he sees the forest through the trees. Instead of guiding the lost children; he is condeming the pathway. We all know that the monarchy is flawed, but when the wise old hunter lays down his sword the young will follow. What I am saying is that if a player does not want to play put in a player that is hungry; regardless of his stature. I would rather stand tall and die than to wither and rot.


I totally agree Buster, Edds was agressive and aspiring. He was all over the field. Great tackler and cover man, but Sukzano said that he cut him because there wasn't time to properly evaluate him because of the short traing camp and his injury last year. So he kept lesser tallent because of whatever. Pisses me off.


The best movie I ever saw? Easy.

"The Man Who Was Always Wrong", starring Craig M.

Excellent, but kind of sad.

I have heard from ex-coaches the coached with Mike Nolan the his defenses play three good years and they start fading away....
I have heard football analyst comment on that and ex-players!!! YEAH I READ ON THAT AWHILE BACK IN A REPORT IN THE Miami herald!!

Aloco, I am with you brother. Jt is a problem. He could be a motivator, a positive influence. We have a young team that is being poorly managed. But instead of coming in and pushing the men; he is calling attention the inept guidance they are receiving. I see Clay in his first game exploding with desire. DT the same way; then the hammy again. One of the main components in a winning team is belief. I see that dissipating in our Dolphins.

JT is the only defensive player we have who's worth anything.

Best movie: "The man who would be king."

Sick and tired of hearing about A. Luck: Starting to hate his guts.


Look if you guys are blaming JT for the defense problems than you are a bunch of idiots!!!! It's beyond coaching it's a mental thing also!!! When a team is not buying into what the coach preaches that they are not giving it a 100% effort, what defense wants to put out that effort to have a offense struggle and give the ball back to the other team!!!
You see let's look outside the box or at the whole picture!!

Definatly not. A Grand Dad leads with his wisdom and experience. Unless JT is leading us to a #1 draft pick.

By Andrew Carter, Sun Sentinel
6:05 p.m. EDT, October 8, 2011

DAVIE— Ask Tony Sparano how satisfied he has been with the Miami Dolphins' most recent class of newly arrived veterans —including linebacker Kevin Burnett, running back Reggie Bush and offensive tackle Marc Colombo — and Sparano will say he is indeed satisfied.

"I'm pleased with what they've done," Sparano said. "Every one of them is contributing right now and no question about it. When you're bringing in free agents like that, you want those guys to be out there and at the forefront. Those guys are."

rg III had a bad night toningt. only 22 of 30, 73% comp.

Parcell must be getting a nutt. I can't imagine he was sincire when hireing this crew. Think about it, he was an NY man. Who better to put the SMACK DOWN on than Miami. I HATE THAT SOB!!!!!

What I have seen from the rookies this year pleases me. D. Thomas is going to be great, Clay also a very good player as Jimmy Wilson will be. ClydeG cannot get by on his speed alone and has to learn to run routes.

Who you think adviced Ross to go get Jim Harbaugh? Ireland, of course.

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