Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) runs the ball in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Jets won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

David Garrard on Returning as a Mentor to Geno Smith

Nothing can replace the influence of someone who has done your job well, being around to teach you. Chad Pennington benefited from the presence of Vinny Testaverde. Aaron Rodgers benefited from watching Brett Favre. We can only imagine the positives that Brock Osweiler is picking up by working with Peyton Manning.

So, David Garrard’s decision to return for one more attempt at a comeback could do wonders for our young quarterback, Geno Smith. David Garrard has achieved success in this league, and he can pass his experience on to Geno. David talked about being a mentor as one of the main reasons he wanted to come back:

I think so and that’s just me. I wasn’t trying to fabricate something. I wasn’t trying to say, ‘hey I can do this for you just to give me a shot.’ I’m just going to be me. And with that is, being a guy that you can always count on, in whatever the situation we’re in. Sometimes the situation is helping a younger guy to be better at his craft and like I said, he’s doing a pretty good job now. But like I said, when I was a rookie, everything was flying around and Mark Brunell was really there to help me when I first got to the league, so I want to make sure that I can in turn return the favor to somebody. And that’s just me. I’m just going to be as much as I can a help to this team. And it’s not just him, it’s all these guys. I don’t think there’s too many 35 year olds on the team, guys that have been in the league for 12 years. I know there are a few guys with that kind of age, but they haven’t gone through all the different things that I’ve gone through. Any little bit of leadership you can add to a locker room is great.

This man has just the attitude that we need to help out. He doesn’t have designs on taking the job away from Geno, he simply wants to educate. He wants to help anyone that needs it, Geno or whoever else on the roster. That type of leadership is invaluable moving forward.

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