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David Garrard in his own words -- all of them

I have been remiss in introducing you properly to David Garrard. He is the Miami Dolphins' newest quarterback. He will be given a chance to compete for the starting job against Matt Moore after signing a one-year, $3.35 million deal that included $1 million in guarantees and a $100,000 workout bonus.

So here he is talking to the Dolphins media:

QB David Garrard 

(On how ready he is to get on the field and start playing) – “I feel great. I’m 100 percent ready to roll. I feel like I’m back to myself if not better. I’m excited to be back in the game and get back on the field.”

(On if it’s an open competition with Matt Moore) – “They said it was going to be a competition. A healthy competition is great for everybody. That’s what was presented to me. I wouldn’t expect anything else.”

(On the factors of choosing Miami now as opposed to last season) – “Last year I was kind of having the first stages of my herniated disk and I didn’t know what was going on. I thought I kind of needed a little treatment at the time as I had just been released. I wasn’t really receiving treatment there early. I wanted to receive treatment first. My leg was really starting to bother me. I was just really trying to get myself healthy. It just ended up continuing to get worse. I knew by the time the Dolphins were calling that I just wasn’t feeling good enough. I didn’t find out for a couple weeks later I actually did herniate my disk. I wasn’t really in the best position to sign there and take any offers.”

 (On his impressions of Coach Philbin and the offense he’s going to be running) – “They were great. I think Coach Philbin is a great mind and a great coach. He really understands I believe what it takes to put together a great team. He’s a great vision, a great purpose it seems like to me. Everything he said kind of sounded like it was already in my head. I felt that was really one of the deciding factors for me in joining the Dolphins here, that and talking to him. You can just look at his history of what he’s done in the past. Hopefully that can continue over with the Dolphins and with us and really get that offense down there kind of upbeat and rolling. ”

(On choosing the Dolphins instead of visiting the Rams) - “Yeah, well the Rams kind of have a guy already in place there and not that I discounted being a solid backup somewhere. But with not being in my early years in my career, I want to give another shot of at least competing for a starting job. Be able to start somewhere else. I still have that ability. I wanted to go with it and talking with my agent, and talking with my wife, they thought the same thing too. It was just the best case scenario. It’s still here in Florida. It’s a great organization and it really was the place I had a chance to really compete for a starting job.”

(On still having to prove things in the NFL) - “Yeah, well I don’t think I have anything to prove. I think I’ve proved a lot of things as a starting quarterback, but I just want to go further than I’ve gone before. I want to go deeper in the playoffs. Get a taste, a shot at winning a championship. So those are things I want to prove to myself. I want to make sure that when my career is done that I poured everything I had into it. That was one thing I was thinking about all season last year when I was sitting home on the couch. Not knowing if I’ll get a chance to play again that I really didn’t empty my tank. I have a number of years of football left in me. I wanted to make sure that I left it all out there on the field. I leave this game with no questions on whether or not if I have anything left. That’s definitely fueling my purpose and getting to that championship glory. That’s the number one thing for me.”

(On running the West Coast offense and what type of skill set do you present) - “That’s definitely the type of offense that they’re planning on running, but that’s right up my alley. I was in it for a little while when Bryon (Leftwich) was the starting quarterback. I didn’t have a full year of it, but it’s perfect for me. I love getting the ball out of my hands fast, moving in the pocket, bootlegs, all those things are right up my alley and the style and scheme that they’re running will be great. A lot of the terminology is similar to what I was already running. So that’s going to be a nice, easier transition. It’s all not the same, but a lot of it is so that’s usually the hardest part with playing the position is getting all the terminology down and being able to sing it. So that’s great it’s already familiar to me. That’s a system I really wanted to be in again.”

(Reaction to Ryan Clark’s comments) - “I’m not sure why Ryan Clark would say that about any organization. Maybe he just has some hard feelings towards Miami. You can never go off one person's comments. It’s unfortunate that any player would ever dog an organization like that. It’s is sad to hear and it’s just sad for the NFL when players talk like that.”

(On staying in the AFC influence your decision) - “I wish I could say it plays a big apart, but it didn’t. I’ve played just about every team in the NFL. It’s not the AFC South so that would be a (division) I would be very familiar with. It’s still in the AFC and that’s a cool thing. I think it’s real easy the organization, the team, the fact that they’re still in Florida for my family would be able to easily relocate and that kind of stuff. The fact that it’s an open competition, those were a lot of the main things.”

(On Jamie Dukes’ comments about the team having no receivers) - “Well, I’m just excited to be in Miami. I think it’ll be a great opportunity for me, a great opportunity for the city, for the organization. It’s going to be great. A lot of people say different things. I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about winning ball games.”

(On assessing the receivers right now) - “I know that Mr. (Jeff) Ireland is going to a lot of things. Still moving forward with the team, I am sure he’s not set with a number of positions. So I’ll wait and see what he has in store for the receiving core, for all the different positions. I’m sure he’s not finished yet.”

(On if the team said they would bring in the a third quarterback in the draft or elsewhere) - “Yeah, they really didn’t talk much about it. I’m just sure like any other organization; they’re always looking at different positions so we’ll have to see with our coach and what (Jeff) Ireland have in store.”


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Many athletes blow there wad, its true. But many manage it well or invest it well too. Even a guy as dumb as Magic Johnson invested extremely well.

If Chad Henne never throws another pass in his life, he is still a multi millionaire. I for one won't be laughing at him or having any pity for him. He is set.

Money cant buy happiness? Think about that next time you cant pay your electric bill. You'll be one miserable sob sitting in the dark! LOL

Henne had a very rocky career in his 4 years in Miami. He took a lot of heat and a lot of booing by the fans. But...he earned himself a multi million dollar contract with another team. Laugh and ridicule him all you want, and I for one don't see him taking a team to a championship, but....he is a self made man and has done well, so I respect that. Not many guys his age have had that kind of success, he is easily in the top 1 percent.

Look at Sanchez, most likely a bust, but he is in his twenties and making millions. Hey, I'd be more than happy to sign a 7 million dollar contract to be a lousy qb and get booed. Sign me up, I'm ready.

Yohooooooo!!!!! Dolphins dodge another Flynn, I mean, Tebow.

LOL At The jets, Now they have 2 QBs that suck.

I can't wait until you guys are eating your words this November. If D-Gar gets the starting nod, I guarantee we make the playoffs. D-Gar is right, dude is a prototypical west coast QB. He's no Steve Young be he's pretty close as it pertains to style of play.

I was wrong about 1 thing. Getting Blackmon might be the right thing to do with that #8 if we can move up. #8 is too high for Tannehill when there are other needs.

Heck, Reiff might not be a bad move also. If D-Gar or Moore starts, wouldn't be a bad idea to beef up protection on the oline.

Do ppl realize Tannehill was a WR a year and a half ago and how many 4th qtr leads he blew????

Most yrs he would be at least a 3rd round pick. Drafting him, especially at 8, will set us back another 4 yrs.

Take Floyd at 8. It's our only shot at a star WR.

Hate to say it but the Phins will win only 4 games this season. Ross, hopefully , will realize that Ireland is an idiot and will fire him. If they wanted Gerrard so bad why wasn't he even mentioned at the beginning of free agency? SO many holes left to fill, I don't know how Irescum plans to do it. The right side of the O-line still hasn't been addressed, WR, strong safety, pass ruher, TE, OLB, and maybe another DE.

He obviously plans to fill all our needs through the upcoming draft. His picks ate always spot on, so there shouldn't be any concern. LMFAO!!!! Some people don't get that just because you draft someone for a position, it doesn't mean the need has been filled. You also need that pick to be up to the task and successful to consider the need "filled."

If we judge Jeff Ireland from the time he took over on his own, 2011, I'd say he is doing a fine job and will only get better.

Give him credit for not overpaying for 7th round career back up Flynn, or Orton, or Kolb.

Marshall in another scuffle is one too many, it was time to unload him for whatever they could get. Apparently they were already shopping him which means Philbin didn't see him as the right fit for his offense. One less drama queen headache with him gone. I always felt he was a distraction. QB's don't need some diva receiver getting in their head all game insisting more balls come their way.

If they didn't sign a FA OT, then maybe they have more confidence in Jerry than we realize.

There is still the draft and more moves before the season starts, games are not decided in the first quarter.

Lets see how last years draft develops in their second year and lets see how he does this draft. Let the season play out. We are 0 and 0 like everyone else.

We are so excited with this signing Armando!!!! Jeff Ireland is BRILLIANT!!! We can't wait to see David Garrard play, a 34 year old over the hill QB who was mediocre when he was in his prime. We may just make it to 8-8 this year if he even starts and break our three year losing streak!!! $3.35 million dollars and 1 million guarenteed for this bum. What a waste of precious salary cap money.


Blog went down hill fairly quickly last night.....


Blog is a cesspool most of the time. Most football fans are definitely low on the totem pole of organisms.

Soliai is the signature FA signing this year. Why not giving him a try out at QB?

Boycott for respect!!!

This "YG" fellow isn't particularly articulate nor does he actually seem aware of what articulate means. He does seem to have a mommy-complex, however, and appears one of those leftist-leaning liberals who must always make a fuss over some perceived injury to a minority group. Most of the time, these folks who scream racism on behalf of another group are projecting their own racist beliefs onto others.

Saying Garrard is articulate is not racist nor does it imply any malice on the part of the speaker. The fact is MOST football players we hear aren't particularly articulate, nor does a college education remotely assure that the speaker is articulate. There aren't a whole lot of posters on this blog that are articulate but one would like to blame the particulars of the media involved for that perception.

If you don't speak with clear syllables (saying fo' instead of for), don't use appropriate word selection, and can't express a thought with clarity and effectiveness, you aren't articulate.

I be articulate and always try speak well.

A good insurance policy as the backup to our #1, oh yes, we don't have a #1, just questionable 1A & 1B. This franchise has gone down the tubes and next year, Jake Long's and Reggie Bush's contracts are up, not to mention some large salaries due to the likes of Karlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett and others that I forget. At this juncture, this front office is a clownfest not unlike those circus antics when like 20 buffoons come out of an old VW Beetle.


You use the word articulate so many times but you not be articulate in your writing. Too manys mistakes with grammar.

"He does seem to have a mommy-complex, however, and appears one of those leftist-leaning liberals who must always make a fuss over some perceived injury to a minority group."

And why you be bringing politics into it where it don't be? Nobody said nothing about politics. And who you be to judge who is left or right by someones grammer? You sound like a racial profiler type to me brudda.

Fans of our beloved Dolphins unite for getting rid of Ireland and if necessary, Ross. Both are inept to say the least. Ross should have fired everyone and hired Bill Polian and turned the franchise over to him and watch as well as learn. Irsay did and look at the results. 11 years of glory and exciting football!!!

I'm at work and still trying to wake up....coffee.....

Home bag your whining already. It's old and trite.

Neegy, not too sharp there are you? I didn't determine if he was left or right by his grammar, I determined it by the content and implications of his post. I do like to improve myself whenever possible, so perhaps you can point out the grammar errors in my post.

I have a feeling that our receivers will look much better this year then they have in the past. Bess cannot be covered.

Home..... you have already started with this crap again this morning?

I should probably thank you, I will get more work done if actual conversations aren't going on :) :)

I mnetioned this yesterday, the Saints are SCREWED this year. Head coach gone for the year and several coached missing games. Next step is a bunch of players are going to get suspended, including Vilma. On top of all that Brees is pissed that's he's only being franchised for a songle year. It's going to be awfully interesting to see what happens there. I know they have good talent on their team but can they really overcome this? Is there ANY way that Benson tries to recoup his loses this year and makes a move with Brees?

GetAClue, sounds like that is what you need to do. I pointed out a sentence of yours with a grammatical error and you still can't see it? Maybe you should not be throwing the word articulate around as so much as you yourself are not.


You are hilarious. Do you read your own posts? Do you know what a comma is? Do you think this sentence "around as so much as you yourself are not" is remotely correct? LOL.

I don't claim to be articulate here, I type fast while doing other things and my thoughts overlap...maybe one to many bong hits when I was younger. You are the one trying to define for us what is articulate when you yourself can't even write articulately.

Also, no first or second round pick this year and no Payton involved in the organization until next year.

Craig M,

Would Miami even be able to make a move on Brees if that were to happen? Also, I wonder if a team is allowed to remove a franchise tag once they placed it on a player?

Home, fukk off already

I mnetioned this yesterday, the Saints are SCREWED this year. Head coach gone for the year and several coached missing games. Next step is a bunch of players are going to get suspended, including Vilma. On top of all that Brees is pissed that's he's only being franchised for a songle year. It's going to be awfully interesting to see what happens there. I know they have good talent on their team but can they really overcome this? Is there ANY way that Benson tries to recoup his loses this year and makes a move with Brees?

Posted by: Craig M | March 22, 2012 at 09:23 AM

If you mentioned it yesterday, why do you feel you have to mention it today? No hits yesterday? I don't understand you attention deprived yappers!

Do you feel your important on this blog & people are just dying to hear you repeat yourself day after day?

Say it once & move on because I got news for you. It's guys like you & Home who ruin this blog & make it completely unenjoyable for everyone else! You just become another post to skip!

If you're that desperate to be heard, become a politician!


My understanding is that the franchise tag CAN in fact be removed. I'm not sure I have examples to show this but I seem to remember this has happened. The franchise designation just protects teams from losing players for nothing. As it stands right now the Saints could STILL trade Brees and at worst Brees would still get his 'franchise' money. Moe than likely the new team would negotiate a long term deal with him.

That being said, I'm not sure the Dolphins would have the players to trade and I'm not sure they could fit his contract in. Just looks like a lost season for NO.


Blog went down hill fairly quickly last night.....


Posted by: Kris | March 22, 2012 at 08:08 AM

Yesterday's Goon has that effect on this blog.


I've seen Brees' reaction to Payton's punishment. He seems pretty pissed at the NFL over it. I can really see him working something out with the Saints now and trying his best to rally the team around Payton. JMO

Home, fukk off already

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 22, 2012 at 09:39 AM


Here's an idea, if you don't like what I have to say simply skip over it. No one is making you read it. People are busy and they may not get a chance to read everything. My comments are directed to people that want to talk football, not morons like you who are on here only to try and pick a fight. I hope I made my point.

Craig, good question with Brees.

Personally, I think their best move is to hand the keys to the franchise over to Brees and make him the defacto leader like Peyton was in Indy. They need Brees to bail them out once again. I think it's gross that they won't make him one of the highest paid players in the league, he definitely deserves it, it's his market rate.

However, things that look to be obvious seldom really happen so let's see how it pans out.

Thanks Craig M,

Brees would probably have to sign it before being traded.

I kind of agree with "The Signal" though, I wouldn't be surprised if Brees and the Saints kind of take an "us vs. the NFL" approach this year, and try to prove they can still win, while kind of giving the NFL the middle finger.

Mark in Toronto,

I agree with you but I know he is REALLY tight with Payton. Will he be AS good without him? I think we're looking at a team with no first and no second this year and there are sure to be player suspensions coming too. I think Benson is going to try his best to remove this black eye to his franchise as best as he can, simply by signing Brees to a big contract. Big task this year for the Saints.

Also, I have to say I like the Tebow trade for the Jets. I'm not sold on Sanchez at all and I think Tebow will be a good change of pace to him. I truly believe we'll see more of the Wildcat in New York this year and I think it will be successful. Understand, I'm not a Tebow fan but to me he's one off the few teams he fits on. Good move...

The Dolphins would need at least DOUBLE the cap space they presently have to pay Brees for just 1 season.

Not too mention, compensation. Or consider, this team is moving forward with a rebuild through the draft.

Does getting a 33 year old Brees makes us a win now team again? That will be the 3rd different plan of action for this offseason. Peyton - Win now, No Peyton - rebuild, Brees - win now again?

Brees has 0 chance of leaving NO, do you think they are as dumb as you phin fans? Christ, you guys will cling to any desperation move as a viable option. Do you dream up this stuff?

After how Miami spurned Brees in the first place & knowing the state of this franchise, why would he want to waste his last few years here? Same as Peyton!

Do you guys have any common sense? I mean a shred of it? The intellect on this blog is at al all time low!

Craig, not only is Brees franchised, he's an exclusive rights tag. That means nobody else is even allowed to talk to him. But you're right, that tag can be removed.

The Saints are the only ones who can decide if Brees is to walk, no other team can force the issue.

Blog, nobody here is talking about the Dolphins getting Brees, just what the Saints will try to do to minimize the damage.

Try some reading comprehension courses.


Mark in Toronto,

Yeah I knew he had the 'exclusive' rights tag on him. That doesn't preclude a team from talking to the Saints about him though. Listen, I don't think it's going to change anything. I just think the team is in trouble this year and I wondered if there was some way Benson would try to recoup players and/or picks. Not likely....just a thought.


I don't even bother reading that guys comments. When a guy plasters this blog with his ludicrous 'Nobody in this league wants to have anything to do with Ireland because he's a racist', I'm onto the next post. It's not even worth my attention.

Craig, I would think of it this way, would the Saints be better with Brees and no draft picks of any value or no Brees and a full compliment of draft picks.

Definitely think they'd be better off signing Brees to what he wants as a team, especially one like the Saints is nothing without a top qb. That supporting cast is pretty average.

Gotta say, this Greg Williams is a complete idiot. I'm not naive enough to think this isn't happening throughout the league and has been for a while but he's pretty warped. Always thought he was a good DC, so some of this stuff is surprising to me. Problem is, once this all blows over, Fisher will welcome him back with open arms and all will be forgotten.

But that's not to say it can't turn out the way you say.

That's if the league doesn't "Pete Rose" his arse.

Hey Mark, why don't you guys go to the saints blogs to talk about it? What phins fan really cares about the Saints these days? Are you guys lost?

Why the fukk would any dolphin fan give a rats as8 about Brees' fate or the state of their franchise unless they are clinging on to some false sense of hope that Miami somehow tried to make a play for him?

It's not reading comprehension, it's common sense! Hope you find some!

"Rosenhaus began his interview by saying he does “a lot of business with the Dolphins,” and will follow the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” approach when addressing General Manager Jeff Ireland’s handling of Bell"


I think you're right. Just don't see them being successful this year with all the suspensions and negativity that will be directed at them, with or without Brees.

Funny to hear Sanchez is all bent out of shape about Tebow coming to NYJ. This guys seems like a big coddled baby to me. He's not that good and he just wants to be left alone to do his thing. Hope he falls flat on his face...I think Sanchez is one of my least favourite players in the NFL. I'm hoping he ends up in a Bills Williams' sandwich.

I'm disappointed We didn't trade for Tim Tebow.For the last 15 yrs. or so We've gone after the wrong qbs.Too long of a list to name them all.And pass on the right ones,i.e.,Rodgers and Brees.Tebow could be the NEXT one.Tebow needs a team to commit to him.Coach Sparano,with his offensive philosophy will appreciate him.Tebow is capable of playing as great as Steve Young was.

I think someone's been hitting the suace pretty early this morning....geez!

I'm out guys....have a good one.

Craig, nobody cares whatcya think or say.

So, why don't you take your dumb Canadian brain back over the border where it belongs?

Please take Aloco, Phins78, Home, Odin, bobbyd12 & every other self absorbed idiot like yourself with you.

Dont go away mad, just...

Can we fire Ireland now?

Hey......How come "go away" didn't want me to go away?

I feel left out

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