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Del Rio says David Garrard is his starting QB

Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:55 pm
J. Del Rio watches D. Garrard, his starter (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio's head, there’s not a doubt who will start at quarterback for his squad when Jacksonville opens the regular season vs. the Titans. In his mind, there was really never any question.

That person is David Garrard and not rookie Blaine Gabbert, and on Tuesday, Del Rio said it as simply as he could.

“David’s our starter,” Del Rio told the media, via the Florida Times Union.

Fair enough. But before Garrard gets comfortable, he should know this: Del Rio isn’t completely happy with the way he’s played thus far in the preseason (Garrard is 7 of 12 for 99 yards and an interception through two games, while Gabbert is 20 of 39 for 181 yards).

"We need more efficiency offensively and certainly the trigger man plays a large role in that," Del Rio said. "I think it all ties together. You know how I feel about it being a team game that we play and the timing of the routes with the receivers and the protection up front and the quarterback making good decisions delivering the ball. It all comes together and then you're able to do things offensively, where you're a beat off here or a beat off there and the play breaks down and when you have that timing it looks beautiful. So we're doing some things better and we've been in camp long enough.

"We have the same system, we have the same quarterback, we have the same players. We should expect to play at a higher level. I expect us to play at a higher level and now would be a good time."

Eventually, the person playing at a higher level will probably be Gabbert, a point made by’s Pete Prisco earlier this month when he tabbed him as a future top-10 quarterback.

Wrote Prisco: "I watched his tape in college, and Gabbert did some things that were unsettling. He felt phantom pressure at times. But you could always see the arm and the athletic ability. I liked Florida State's Christian Ponder more -- still do -- but Gabbert looked much better than I expected Thursday.

“I know it's only one practice, and it's not live contact, but he does things that you want from a quarterback. The coaches aren't publicly saying all that much about him, but they know. The scouts know. And you better believe general manager Gene Smith knows.”

For now, Del Rio doesn’t know. Or he will pretend he doesn’t know so Gabbert can continue improving or because he feels Garrard gives Del Rio a better chance of keeping his job after this season. But someday soon, when a reporter asks who the starter is, Del Rio will be saying (as if it’s been obvious the whole time), “Blaine’s our starter.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:58 pm

Del Rio says David Garrard is his starting QB

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 9:53 pm

You done with that stool, Jack?

Don't mind us, but we're taking it back.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:56 am

Del Rio says David Garrard is his starting QB

Here, Jack, put this rope around your neck and step up on this stool.  That's it...

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Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:54 pm

Del Rio says David Garrard is his starting QB

"Garrard is 7 of 12 for 99 yards and an interception through two games"

Hey, Katzowitz... Garrard has only played in one game so far this preseason.  Do your research before you right your articles.

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:57 pm

Del Rio says David Garrard is his starting QB

Let me preface by saying this: Garrard needs to be the starter this year to allow Blaine Gabbert time to learn the offense, become comfortable, develop rapport with the receivers and develop his skills. I do not think that Garrard is an excellent quarterback by any means but he is serviceable. The problem with Garrard is that Jack Del Rio doesn't utilize Garrard's skills to the maximum potential. Garrard isn't a pocket passer, he is best when he moves outside the pocket and uses his feet to create plays and opportunities for the receivers to get open. This year the receiving corps is pedestrian at best so Garrard will need to rely on his speed and playmaking ability outside the pocket more. When he does this Jacksonville moves the ball more consistently. There isn't a legitimate threat amongst the WR's that the defensive backs will have to scheme against so Garrard will need to be creative. But Jack Del Rio is not an offensive minded coach, he is boring and has no creativity when it comes to offense.

Bottom line: In my opinion Del Rio needs to go. This should be the time to showcase Garrard's skills with the intention of trading him for a low draft pick in the off-season and officially giving the reigns to Gabbert in 2012. That would electrify the fan base, sell some tickets, and increase the chances of winning a few more games, and a 6th or 7th round pick in return wouldn't be the worst thing for a QB that has no future here in Jacksonville. But Del Rio doesn't have the creativity to make this happen. So Jacksonville will go 8-8 again and it will be another lack-luster season.

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:51 am

Del Rio says David Garrard is his starting QB

Sounds like Garrard is being set up as the fall-guy. If the Jags start losing, they can just blame it on him, bring in Gabbert, and then Del Rio can save his job for another year by going with a rookie QB.

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