DAVIE – David Garrard has heard the speculation he’s the quarterback to beat for the Miami Dolphins' starting spot, but he isn't paying the praise much attention.
"When you come out and work, as a quarterback you will see who should be on the field," Garrard said, referring to the three players competing to become Miami's starting quarterback since March. "If I do what I'm supposed to do it [the talent] will show.”
And it has.
Garrard's steady hand at quarterback is the reason most media members, and some players view this nine-year veteran as the front-runner to serve as the season-opening starter for the Dolphins. His consistent practices have probably given him the leg up incumbent starter Matt Moore, who struggles from an accuracy standpoint, and first-round pick Ryan Tannehill, who is adjusting to the speed of the NFL game.
However, head coach Joe Philbin said nothing has been decided a week into training camp. The coaches are monitoring every rep on offense, and have begun to make sure every quarterback - including Tannehill - is works with every unit.
On Thursday Tannehill got some work with the starters for the first time and Garrard was working with the third team offense. Friday's practice will likely feature Moore going down and Garrard coming up again.
The quarterback rotation is a very fluid situation. The Dolphins haven’t even decided how the snaps will be divided in the team’s first exhibition game, which takes place on Aug. 10 when the Dolphins host Tampa Bay inside Sun Life Stadium.
Still, Garrard seems like the best fit for the west coast offense the Dolphins are installing because he makes fast decisions, getting the ball out of his hands quickly. This 2010 Pro Bowler also throws the ball with accuracy, which is a prerequisite for a west coast quarterback.
Garrard has been the team's most efficient quarterback in redzone work. During Wednesday's practice session he scored one two touchdown passes during that period, edging Moore by one.
“I always like to seize the moment. I like to make sure I capture my opportunities when I get them,” said Garrard, who started 76 of the 86 NFL games he’s played before sitting out 2011 because of a back injury. "Not one coach has come to me and said 'Dave, you are winning the job right now,' so I don't pay attention to that.
“The moment I start feeling bigger and better than myself, [thinking] I'm the starter and everyone else is second team is the day I start to slip and put too much pressure on myself. I just come out and work."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun