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Del Rio doesn't want Gabbert to play in 2011

Posted on: June 26, 2011 4:02 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 11:43 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback situation is one of the most obvious in the NFL, because Blaine Gabbert is the locked-out rookie and David Garrard is the overpaid veteran. There's a clear-cut hierarchy for playing time, especially as it relates to development, even if Garrard says he's "open" to competition

And yet, it might be one of the most intruiging situations in the league.

That's because Jack Del Rio's job hangs in the balance based on whether or not the Jaguars make the playoffs, which is based on whether or not Garrard can improve on his performance from the past few years.

If he can't, Gabbert could eventually see playing time. But Del Rio doesn't want that to happen.

"In a perfect world, I'd like to see him not have to play this year in terms of having time to develop," Del Rio told Dan Pompei of the National Football Post. "That doesn’t mean I would keep him on the bench if I thought he was the best option to win. Ideally he’s able to get that time to develop and really learn the game at this level. I'd love to see Garrard have a nice season, lead us into a playoff position, and then see if we can get hot.

"Things don't always happen the way you have them planned though."

No they don't. Especially when your schedule features the Jets, the Saints, the Steelers, the Ravens, the Titans and the Texans before the bye. (Even the easiest game on the schedule, Week 4 against the Panthers, is on the road and features a decent defense.)

That's not an easy stretch of games for any quarterback to play against, and it's entirely possible/likely that Garrard struggles through the first half of the season.

If he does, don't be surprised to see Gene Smith, Wayne Weaver and plenty of fans curious to see what the future of the franchise -- Gabbert -- actually looks like on the field.

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Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Del Rio doesn't want Gabbert to play in 2011

Nope...you'r wrong. These sports guys only use Cam to bring out the crazies when they want web hits. Blaine is the choosen One.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Del Rio doesn't want Gabbert to play in 2011

Cuda, you were right about Tim Tebow but they've updated the policy and replaced TT with Cam Newton.  Wink



Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:32 pm
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Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:18 am
 

Del Rio doesn't want Gabbert to play in 2011

Isn't it against the law to run a football story without mentioning Tim Tebow?  EVERYONE KNOWS that Timmy's the greatest football player of all time and should be the Jaguars leading passer and rusher this year.  If they had drafted Timmy when they had the chance, instead of waiting for Gabbert, they would be in the SuperBowl every year and Del Rio would be in the Hall of Fame!



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:50 am
 

Del Rio doesn't want Gabbert to play in 2011

Jack's coaching for his job........ starting Gabbert would be conceding the season.  Which by the end if things are not going well, could be his parachute.
The JAGS have a solid, yet unspectacular team, lacking dynamic playmakers/ talent.

The team will go as far as MOJO's knee will carry them



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Del Rio doesn't want Gabbert to play in 2011

better than throwing him to the wolves. if your team sucks let the guy develope and learn the system.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Why you don't offer a big contract off ONE season


The Jags made a major mistake signing Garrard to a hefty contract extension off his one successful season in 2007. They should have made him duplicate his success and obviously to date he has not. He has followed that one strong season (where he led the Jags to the Divisional Round of the playoffs) with 3 mediocre at best seasons. 
 
We now have enough body of work to realize that Garrard is nothing more than a serviceable NFL QB. Not bad, but not spectacular. I suspect that that Gabbert, once he learns the system after the lockout, will take over for Garrard at some point this season.



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