David Garrard: What Veteran QB Would Bring to Rex Ryan and the Jets

John RozumCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2013

David Garrard would be a significant upgrade at QB for the Jets.
David Garrard would be a significant upgrade at QB for the Jets.Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets are reportedly nearing the acquisition of David Garrard.

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com:

This comes as no surprise given the Jets' quarterback situation.

Mark Sanchez has not been reliable and the non-use of Tim Tebow has the Jets trying to part ways with him. After all, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com when at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine:

The New York Jets have been trying to trade Tim Tebow this week, and it's difficult to say, at this point, if any teams are interested. What I do know is that Tebow doesn't plan on changing positions from quarterback anytime soon. That, no doubt, limits his options.

As for Garrard, he has four solid seasons under his belt.

From 2007 through 2010, the former Jacksonville Jaguars' signal-caller tossed 71 touchdowns to just 41 interceptions. He also connected on 63 percent of his attempts in that same span.

So, Garrard brings the strong arm and sound decision-making to New York.

And when under duress, Garrard also supplies the mobility to make plays out of the pocket. He racked up 1,109 rushing yards and scored 11 times on the ground during his four reliable campaigns.

Obviously a major concern for the Jets is Garrard not having suited up for a regular season game since 2010. Factor in some health concerns and time is of the essence for the 35-year-old quarterback.

The Jets, however, provide more talent than at first glance.

Bilal Powell is a quick running back who averaged four yards per attempt last season and possesses much potential. At receiver, Garrard is offered Jeremy Kerley who racked up 827 yards, as well as veteran Santonio Holmes and the big playmaker Stephen Hill.

We simply won't see the potential of this group without a more competent quarterback orchestrating the offense. Tight end Dustin Keller could also still be in the picture for Garrard next season, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News last month:

A large part of the frustrating 2011 and 2012 campaigns fall on Sanchez. As unfair as that sounds, turnovers and minimal development has affected New York's ability to consistently attack defenses downfield and control the game tempo.

In short, that makes the end results of the past two seasons unsurprising.

With Garrard at the helm, though, New York not only gets a fresh start but a guy capable of spreading defenses. When he went to his lone Pro Bowl after the 2009 season, Garrard had five different players with 30-plus receptions and four with 40-plus.

The Jets have the offensive line to establish a strong rushing attack too, regardless of who is earning carries. This unquestionably sets up the play-action, something that will only help Garrard as the year progresses.

Include numerous winnable games and Gang Green will immediately get back into the postseason mix.