Detroit Lions Should Sign David Garrard

By Greg Bolotin

With Drew Stanton and Shaun Hill looking to join other NFL teams this off season, the Detroit Lions will be without a backup for their franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford. David Garrard would be a smart choice to consider signing as backup quarterback.

Just look at their division rival Chicago Bears to see what happens when a team does not have a quality backup quarterback, and their franchise quarterback goes down with a season ending injury. With Jay Cutler the Chicago Bears were 7 and 3, and were in the mist of a five game winning streak. The Chicago Bears were in good shape to earn a playoff spot. Then Jay Cutler got hurt and his backup Caleb Hanie played horrible and the Chicago Bears lost every game he started, ending the season with a record of 8-8.

The Detroit Lions have super bowl aspirations going into the 2012 season. Matthew Stafford favorite offensive weapon Calvin Johnson was just signed to a massive contract extension that will keep him in a Lions uniform for a long time. The Lions have a great nucleus on both sides of the ball. They need to bring in a quarterback that can be plugged into a game and lead the Lions to wins in case Matthew Stafford gets injured.

David Garrard is a veteran NFL quarterback who has thrown for over 16,000 yards. David Garrard can move around the pocket until he finds an open receiver. He has started 76 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and has thrown for over 3000 yards three times. David Garrard missed the 2011 season cause of injuries, but his agent has said he is all healed and looking to sign with an NFL team.

The Detroit Lions should consider signing David Garrard because if by chance Matthew Stafford was injured they would have a veteran quarterback that can lead them to victory if called upon. The Detroit Lions do not want to be in a situation where they are headed to the playoffs and suddenly left unprepared due to an injury. The 2012 season can be an extremely successful year for them  and it can become a huge disaster if they are not prepared.

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