Lockout Hurting Gabbert’s Chances of Starting in 2011

Head coach Jack Del Rio tells CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco that 2011 first-round quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s chances of starting right away are hurt by the lockout.

“In the short term is it impacted? Absolutely it’s impacted. I mean the guy who has the most to learn, the most to do, is the quarterback,” Del Rio said on Prisco’s radio show on WFXJ in Jacksonville via Sports Radio Interviews. “I think that’s an awful lot to ask a young man to come in a couple of weeks and get it all and have it down pat. I think it takes a little time and certainly not having an off-season sets that process back, but we’re not different than a lot of teams in that. We understand that.

“That’s part of who we are and what we to deal with. As an organization we’ll be able to get it cranked up as soon we get that go ahead.”

The Jaguars used the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft on the 6-foot-4, 234-pound Gabbert, who was a two-year starter at Missouri who completed over 60% of his passes for 6,822 yards with 40 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

33-year-old veteran David Garrard has started 76 games for the Jaguars, and has up to $42 million remaining on his current contract, including $8 million in total compensation in 2011. Garrard is coming off a season where he established career-highs in completion percentage (64.5%), touchdown passes (23) and touchdown runs (5), but was also intercepted a career-high 15 times.

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One Response to “Lockout Hurting Gabbert’s Chances of Starting in 2011”

  1. Gerard Milhouse says:

    I think that David Garrard has been a pretty solid quarterback, for the Jacksonville Jaguars, for the years that he has been a starter. I also think that he can make some adjustments to his game,that will make his interception ratio go down.

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