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Jags predictably downplay QB controversy

Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:18 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

Jack Del Rio said everything you’d expect him to say shortly after his team traded up to draft Blaine Gabbert Thursday night. “Our intention is to have David (Garrard) as our quarterback and have Blaine come in and push David,” he told a group of reporters that included Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union.

Jags GM Gene Smith, “David is our quarterback. We’ve got Luke McCown behind him. He’s a proven starter."
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Smith’s sentiments about McCown are just plain wrong. There’s a difference between being a proven starter and being a guy who has filled in under center a time or two. And Garrard is not Smith’s quarterback; Garrard is the guy that the previous GM hitched his wagon to before getting fired.

So yes, it’s a quarterback controversy in Jacksonville. But really, the Jags had a controversy beforehand. After all, they had to have realized at some point last season that Garrard isn’t their long-term guy. The difference now is there is a new quarterback in town who makes the controversy an actual competition.

“We’ll have fun. C’mon. That’s part of the deal,’’ Del Rio said. “We all know you guys are going to have fun with it. ... We’ll keep the focus on the team. We have two good young men who are going to be battling. They’re the right kind of guys. Very unselfish.’’

Garrard should understand how this all works. Remember, he’s the guy who beat out former No. 7 overall pick Byron Leftwich.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:45 pm

Jags predictably downplay QB controversy

This is a great pick for Blaine Gabbert! He will have an opportunity to sit for a few seasons and really learn an adapt from a veteran QB as well as slowly work his way into the speed of the NFL and the complexity of the systems. Sitting the first few years is a great thing for these young players. It can really benefit the player as well as the team. Aaron Rodgers sure benefited from the time behind farve so this could be a very smart move for the future of the team. And if Garrard happens to get hurt u have a solid guy to step in and hopefully carry the team.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:34 am

Jags predictably downplay QB controversy

In my mind, a QB controversy exists when there is divisiveness within a team or between a team & its fans about who should be the QB. I don't see the Jacksonville situation as an immediate QB controversy. I agree with Del Rio, I think both QBs are classy guys & that the situation will push both to excel. That can only mean good things for the team. Plus, I believe Del Rio to be a good enough coach that he will ultimately choose the better QB. (McCown is not part of the equation in my mind.)

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