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A Vote for Gabbert to Sit and Learn Behind Garrard

Ever since draft night the speculation over what is going to happen at the quarterback position has been swirling. Prominent members of the media believe that the Jaguars best option is to let Blaine Gabbert compete for the starting spot.

While the team has backed David Garrard it’s still being tossed around to let Gabbert compete instead of sit out his first few years. Arguments can be made for why he should and shouldn’t be allowed to compete for the job.

First, you don’t know how effective he will be in making the adjustment to the speed of the NFL. There are no guarantees in this league and the Jaguars should be wary of turning Blaine into another Matt Leinert, another Quarterback who slid in his draft and was thrust into a spot of great expectations and never panned out as the Cardinals had hoped.

While being drafted at number 10 isn’t a guarantee that Blaine will be the next big thing, the Jaguars can’t expect him to come in and be a Ben Roethlisberger, a guy who was selected 11th overall in 2004 and had a great defense and established offensive players to give him help when he was thrust into action after an early season injury to Tommy Maddox.

While Ben had great success and won a pair of Super Bowls, don’t throw those kinds of expectations on a kid when you have an established veteran starter. Jay Cutler is another example of what not to do, he was drafted at number 11 and was thrust into play right off the bat and while he had some success it was not the results the team had expected of him.

Too often teams draft quarterbacks early and expect them to be the answer, and usually it doesn’t happen that way. Do some of those quarterbacks have that early success, sure, but those few had great talent to take the pressure off. Now that’s not to say the Jaguars aren’t talented, because they are very talented, but don’t expect Blaine to take the team to a Super Bowl his first year.

Best bet, give him the Aaron Rodgers treatment, let him sit behind David Garrard a couple years, and see how Blaine responds to the offense and the speed of the game before giving him the reins.

The Jaguars cannot afford to see Gabbert get hurt early in his career for what will be invested in him. They also can’t just simply throw him to the wolves and then wonder what happened.

Franchises that make these mistakes are still paying for it, i.e. Cleveland, Oakland. Let him sit and learn what he can from David Garrard, and then unleash him and see what becomes of it, don’t let it become a ten year mistake.

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2 Responses to “A Vote for Gabbert to Sit and Learn Behind Garrard”

  1. John says:

    Your crazy, Blaine isnt’ going to learn ANYTHING sitting behind Garrard for a season. Garrard has be going backwards the past two seasons, and because of it it has cost the team chances to make the postseason.

    Give Gabbert the ball now, and let him learn by fire.

  2. robert ethan says:

    It is a bit pointless to talk about these things prior to training camp and season play. Other than what Del Rio has laid out about Garrard starting out with 40% of the snaps, Gabbert about 1/3, and McCown 25%. But those numbers are fluid depending on performance and obviously health, for all three players. Garrard will be the presumed starter unless something happens to change that. But if the team has problems or he gets nicked, the backup who looks the best at the moment gets a shot. It will be a weekly question throughout most of the season I believe. I’d say the odds are about 1/3 each as to who ends up the starter by the end of the year.

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