Brady Quinn said he learned of David Garrard’s impending arrival on Wednesday. But after a full day to process the news and a day of practice with four quarterbacks on the field, Quinn isn’t sure exactly what to make of his future with the Jets.
“They told us, ‘Hey, David was feeling better. He called and he wants to be re-evaluated. He wants to play again,” Quinn, 28, said Thursday.
After years of bouncing around in the NFL, he knows it’s futile to worry about job security. Instead, Quinn said he’ll continue to be prepared to play and “just keep doing what I’m doing.”
But the problem for Quinn is, he hasn’t done much of anything since arriving in Florham Park in September. He’s been inactive all season and still is listed as the Jets’ No. 3 quarterback behind first-year player Matt Simms.
Garrard spoke at length in the locker room about wanting to be a leader and a mentor to both Simms and rookie starter Geno Smith. But Quinn believes he’s got the experience and knowledge to counsel the Jets’ young quarterbacks as well.
“That’s something I try to,” said the former Notre Dame star, who has spent time with the Browns (‘07-‘09), Broncos (‘10-’11), Chiefs (2012), Seahawks and now Jets (2013). “This team, I played against for three years being in Cleveland. And I played against them as well when I was in Denver. I’m very familiar with their scheme and that kind of stuff. I try to give whatever I can as far as helping them understand how (Steelers defensive coordinator) Dick LeBeau calls things and then what he’s going to try to do. And their personnel’s been the same for a long time.”
Despite his seven years in the league, Rex Ryan said Thursday that he doesn’t view Quinn as a veteran mentor like Garrard.
“I almost see him as a young quarterback as well,” said the Jets coach, “whereas (Garrard) has an unbelievable wealth of knowledge and experience.”
And now, the Jets have four quarterbacks again – and no definitive No. 2 or 3.
“It is what it is,” said Quinn. “Obviously it’s out of my control completely. Obviously if (Garrard) wants to continue to keep playing and all that, that’s kind of the process you have to go through regardless. This team still has the rights to him and all that.”
Quinn added his reaction to the news was “no reaction.
“It doesn’t change [what I do]. This is a week-to-week business, especially right now. All you can do is focus on your opponent. All you can do is focus on the things you’re doing to prepare for the game and be ready.”