QB David Garrard, 35, two weeks after proclaiming himself “definitely healthy,” realized that his balky left knee would not let him continue playing in the N.F.L.
The twist introduced the Jets’ new general manager, John Idzik, to the bizarre happenings that often befall the franchise. The impact of Garrard’s pending retirement will be felt throughout the organization, from Idzik’s office to the coaching staff to a quarterback room that now has only one member with significant N.F.L. experience: Sanchez. His prospects of remaining with the Jets next season now appear much greater.
As long as Garrard stayed healthy, the Jets thought they had, at worst, a credible backup and a mentor for Geno Smith, their strong-armed second-round pick. At best, Garrard could have begun the season as the starter, easing the way for Smith until he was deemed ready to direct an N.F.L. offense.
Garrard’s presence also afforded the Jets the ability to release or trade Sanchez before the season, if desired.
This would seem to indicate that Mark Sanchez has a better chance to make the roster, though the team could still cut ties and roll with the rookie.