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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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I will show you, again, that I'm not Home. While I agree with most of what he says, I'm not so negative on the Fins. I don't think the Fins will go 4-12. I think they will surprise people and go 9-7 or better. Matt Moore is also a winner. I think one of the former backup WRs will step up and we will be fine. Philbin is also a winner.

Whether we win, however, will be dependent on whether Philbin's coaching and staff gets it done.

Home is correct that Tebow is a winner, correct to call Elway horse face (must have seen I think it was the Crunch Course video from the 80s SI subscriptions where I think some linebacker called him that) (LOLOL), correct one many other things.

Correct to recall Pat White almost dying on the field.

Home is one of the smart ones here to clearly *watches* the games and pays attention.

I swear to you that I am not Home and I don't know who he is. I am a different person here.

I thought Shannon Sharpe was horse face?

Kndrly is a long time poster, and a good one too.

Anyone else hear D. Thomas interview on Mike and Mike this week?

When asked if he thought Tim Tebow could be a good NFL Qb, he took quite a long awkward pause before answering to the affirmative and was less than convincing in doing so.

I love Tim Tebow, sometimes even could be persuaded that he is being watched by a divine power. How else could those incredible series of events be strung together week after week to put him in position to win a game. The defense isn't good, neither is the o line or receivers.

He's blessed, and it is better to be lucky or blessed than good.

That being said, if Peyton never heals properly and the Broncos go in the toilet, then expect John Elway's soul to rot and give further credence that Tebow is a "special one".

Yeah Mark in Toronto,The Elway Broncos will be cursed,a la the Boston Red Sox.The Bambino one.

i just read a maxvain.wordpress.com article on jeff ireland. he focuses on all the draft day misses for ireland the past 4 years. picks have been on "safe" side with little value added picks. he points out the daniel thomas pick was a disaster as RB's were plentiful,even in FA. instead we used 3 picks to get a guy who runs upright with injury concerns flag. the 2008 team ireland helpput together has about 3 players left out of 80 invited to camp that year. we are really "starting over" after 4 years of ireland.

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST FOLKS!
THE NY jests,LED BY TIM TEBOW WILL PLAY THE ELWAY BRONCOS WITH PEYTON MANNING FOR THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP!
I PUT MY NAME IT!
OZKAR

Ozkar, the white big mouth linebacker (it was Brian Bozworth!!!!) who got run over by Bo Jackson called Elway "HOrse Face," I belive. that's where I got it from.

"Home the blog idiot," you are truly uneducated. You can't read or write. I am not Home. It is obvious to any educated person who can read and understands little nuances in writing.

I am not Ozkar or Home. I detect that they might be Gators.

I happen to agree with Home on many--but not all--of his points.

One of them is that Tim Tebow is a winner. It's a proven fact that cannot be disputed. Look at his record at every level of football.

Look at what he does on the field. He's the type of teammate who makes thugs like Brandon Marshall get his head on straight.

I don't care if you understand this or not, but it will happen: you will see Tim Tebow on winning football teams. Not as a Bradylike QB throwing 40 times a game, but as a change-of-pace guy or even as a FB/TE who will contribute 12 to 16 TDs for his team. You will see his teams win playoff games.

Also, Home's comments are entertaining and always related to football (or sometimes the Illuminati). All you do, "home the blog idiot", is complain about home and falsely accuse others of being home and you say nothing about football.

You are the one who should be banned. You're probably the idiot who stole my Timmy Couch name.

What happens is that I write hard hitting facts and, even though most of you are uneducated, you are sometimes able to understand perhaps 40% of it, and the truth hurts like a kick in the gut.

See now here I disagree with Ozkar. The Patriots will again be unstoppable and will represent the AFC, again, in the super bowl.

Tebow is a winner and a good addition to a team, but I am NOT predicting Jets vs. Broncos for AFC championship.

What I am saying is the Jets are, at least, exciting, and getting Tebow was smart, whereas my former team, the Fins, are boring.


Mando, I'm not one of the people who bash you and I thank you for doing your job and giving us this forum, but come on man, sometimes I feel you are one of the sheep.

Long has not been worth the money or that draft pick. Period. This is undisputable. Look at the Fins' playoff record (what there is of it) since that pick.

Now long is old and injured. You don't extend his contract now. No way!!!!!

Sorry. Long's a good guy but he's had his last big pay day.

Our Fins will be BORING. the patsies will make the playoffs but THEY ARE NOT PRESENTING THE AFC AT THE SUPER BOWL AGAIN,!

OK. I'm in with your idea of another Blog for serious, knowledgeable FinFans, Ohio.

cannabalistic? If you're not YG/HOme/etc, you sure write a hell of a lot like him.

oscar. u can't have all football all of time,u need warped senses of humor to mix things up.
lol

What sense of humor, pal?

We don't need him "introduced." We need him GONE! He's not an NFL qb. What was once the most proud, well-respected franchise in Pro sports is now more of a joke (and became that way in quicker fashion) than obama! Assclowns Ireland/ROSS>>"duuuuhhh, let the process play out." It already has you F&#KING MORON! You have officially made us the doormat of the NFL not only (NOT ONLY) as far as talent ineptitutde goes, but more visibly and perhaps more importantly managment as well!! Your little grinder monkey circus side attractions (Buffett, williams', etc...) are more important to you than our history.
Congratulations, F&#KS!

Oh Jimnyc2000 I do remember those days. I keep saying the same thing. We good at the quarterback position. Moore came in mid season, after a lock out, no camp and won some games. He showed us enough to know that he can play. Now we have a Back-up QB. Good. Ireland CANNOT miss on filling the gap for the loss of Marshall (this draft is loaded at receiver) and Ireland CANNOT miss on the right guard and tackle. If he misses on those two Moore won't last the whole season and we will be f&%ked. I won't comment on the defense because I would much rather out-score the opponent than watch a game settling for field goals and pumping a fist.

To retort a previous post that we only have 2nd tier receivers, Devon Bess is a better slot receiver that Wes Welker, many NFL players that have played against both of them have said as much. The big difference one has Tom Brady throwing him passes and the other doesn't. My point being is does not matter who you have at receiver if you do not have a QB that can get them the ball and we don't and won't have for awhile.

I think Nick Buoniconti's interview w/ MH's Barry Jackson spoke volumes about what kind of franchise the Dolphins are. You may have missed it 'cuz it wasn't featured prominently online.

lin on Moore as the starter compare his numbers with Alex Smith. Remember he did not get trainging camp snaps so the first three games he played which we lost was his training camp. Regardless he thre 16 TDs in 9 games to Alex Smith's 17. So if project the numbers that is 28 TDs. Lets be fair and say at least 24-25.

Moore is not that bad folks and Alex Smith would never reach those numbers and Flynn might not get close either.

Remember this is with Marshalls what 6 or 7 TDs dropped 4 TDS.

Garrard is a solid back up and there are alot of teams that wish they had him. His cost is 1 mil? additional 2.5 to sit on bench and push Moore in Camp.

Give Moore another year before you write him off. Also I still believe in Henne just not in the offense they put him in with Henning, made 2nd yera with Diaboli would have been a turning point. I wish Henne well and I hope he wins the job for the Jaguars.

Our biggest problem is offense line and some WRs.

IF WE ARE GOING TO BUILT THROUGH THE DRAFT THEN WE MIGHT AS WELL GED RID OF SOME HIGH PRICED GUYS LIKE DANSBY AND BURNETT, I LIKE THOSE GUYS BUT WE WILL NOT BE COMPETING FOR THE PLAYOFFS ANYWAYS JUST GO ALL YOUNG UNTIL IT STARTS TO COME TOGETHER AND THEN PICK UP SOME FA'S. I THINK THE PROBLEM WITH MOST FANS IS THE DOLPHINS JUST DON'T SEEM TO HAVE A PLAN OR A DIRECTION, NOW WE ARE GOING TO RUN THE WEST COAST OFFENSE, A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THE WILDCAT, DECIDE WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO AND BECOME GOOD AT THAT INSTEAD OF CHANGING OUR PHILOSOPHY ALL THE TIME. IRELAND AND COMPANY JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO THEY ARE FLYING BY THE SEAT OF THEIR PANTS.LOOK AT STEELERS AND RAVENS YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GONNA DO EVERY YEAR AND THEY WORK AT GETTING BETTER AT IT INSTEAD OF CHANGING ALL THE TIME.

No offense to David Gerrard but he isn't going to resurrect his career in Miami. He's not going to be some heroic figure under center. He's a 34 year old QB at the end of his career finishing out the string. No matter what he does in training camp he should be the back up to Matt Moore. Miami should bring in Matt Leinart and draft a QB. Gerrard is no savior, he's not going to spark the Dolphins to a championship. His signing was just another piece of the horrible state of the Miami Dolphins. Ireland has lost any respectability (It's time to resign and move on Ireland) and Miami is stuck this year paying contract money to players no longer on the team. We play with what we have and go from there next season. Gerrard, pick your spot on the bench and sign your name there so no one takes it. I don't want to see you under center when Moore should be there. I won't watch any game you start because I don't want you with the Dolphins. You simply convolute a poor situation to bad and represent a dismal off season for the Miami Dolphins.

it's sad. Philbin is the new FO's puppet. Even if Miami ended 0-16 next season, and the Mannings were available or Brady, Montana, Marino, Favre, etc. the Dolphins would draft an OL guy or a punt returner. The FO has no ears, it's blind, is like Tommy, except that they cannot even play pinball.
We fans can say a lot of things, but they simply don't listen. We fans demanded Sparano to be fired, but Ross waited 8, 9 or I don't know how many games to realize that he was wrong. How many more stupid decisions the FO has to make to realize that they're wrong for the n-time.

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