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David Garrard Calls It Quits

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David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Aug. 27, 2011 in Orchard Park, N.Y. Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images.
David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Aug. 27, 2011 in Orchard Park, N.Y. Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images.

Earlier this week, David Garrard announced he was retiring from football, leaving Mark Sanchez as the favorite to start for the New York Jets at quarterback on opening day.

After the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jets had six quarterbacks on their roster; they have since released Tim Tebow after finding no suitable teams willing to take him. With Garrard retiring this week, the Jets are now down to four, Sanchez, Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. Before offseason training activities or OTA began, many believed Garrard would have a legitimate chance of dethroning Sanchez.

Garrard wasn’t guaranteed a roster spot and even though he passed his physical exam, he believed his knee wouldn’t be able to hold up during the season. Without Garrard, Sanchez shouldn’t have to worry about losing his job in the beginning of the season but that might quickly change if the Jets struggle early on.

Garrard has hinted he would like to come back to the Jets organization as a coach, which could help Sanchez and more importantly help in the development of Smith, the Jets quarterback of the future.

The retirement was unexpected but it doesn’t hurt the Jets although it puts more pressure on Sanchez to produce early and often. Then again, we might also see Smith or McElroy early in the season. There is no reason to believe that  the Jets would bring Tebow back, but the Jets could consider some other veteran quarterback.