Two weeks ago the New York Jets released Tim Tebow. Now 35-year-old David Garrard has announced he will retire due to his knee.
"Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do," Garrard wrote in a text message to SiriusXM.
And then there were four?
While this is sad news for Garrard, it is bad news for the New York Jets. Let's face the facts:
1. The 35-year-old Garrard was bought in to bring legitimate competition to four year starter Mark Sanchez. Garrard has not played in the NFL for two seasons. And yet, he was a legitimate candidate to usurp Sanchez's starting position.
2. Second round draft pick Geno Smith graded himself an F for his performance at rookie camp. Smith would have benefited from spending some quality time behind Garrard. What is to become of him now?
3. While the Jets continue the mantra that this will be an open quarterback competition, who is competing?
Mark Sanchez who compiled a 54.3 passer completion rate last season. This while also completing 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Or rookie Geno Smith who fell into the Jets' lap in the second round. Smith is a talented college quarterback. The question remains will he make the transition to the NFL? Can he overcome his lack of consistent accuracy? Or his inability to read the field?
Or third-year quarterback Greg McElroy? McElroy played in two games and started for one with the Jets last season. He completed 19-of-31 passes for 214 yards. He had one touchdown and one interception.
Or Matt Simms son of Phil.
The Jets are in a quandary of their own making. They are a team without a viable quarterback option. With Garrard in the mix the position was less of a joke.
Welcome back to the fun-house Jets fans.