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Gabbert calls Garrard “a great quarterback”

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The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Blaine Gabbert to replace David Garrard as the team’s franchise quarterback. But right now, Gabbert says he has a long way to go before he’s ready to replace Garrard.

“I’m learning from a great quarterback,” Gabbert said. “David’s the starting quarterback of this football team.”

Garrard has faced some criticism in Jacksonville, but Gabbert has nothing but positive things to say about the man ahead of him on the depth chart.

“He’s the starting quarterback. He’s a heck of a football player. When people say he’s not, that’s wrong,” Gabbert said.

But the Jaguars only chose Gabbert because they think he’s going to be a better quarterback.

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21 Responses to “Gabbert calls Garrard “a great quarterback””
  1. melonvoxveritas says: Aug 2, 2011 7:16 PM

    …and all of Jacksonville calls Gabbart “A friend of Matt Jones”

  2. duanethomas says: Aug 2, 2011 7:18 PM

    Wonder what he thinks of Tom Brady?

  3. jjbadd says: Aug 2, 2011 7:19 PM

    I guess Gabbart understands what alot of people fail to see. Garrard is a good QB, he dont have a good supporting cast, & gets the blame for things that generally arent his fault.

  4. iflounder says: Aug 2, 2011 7:20 PM

    to be fair he also thinks he will be a successful qb in the nfl.

  5. trbowman says: Aug 2, 2011 7:20 PM

    Garrard is a very good quarterback, and a true professional.

    The Jags made him a scapegoat. That defense was nothing short of atrocious. If they had any semblance of a defense, they would’ve won that division and Blaine Gabbert probably wouldn’t of been a Jag.

    Instead that front office makes Garrard the scapegoat for their failures in addressing the defense and giving him actual weapons to toss it to.

    Jacksonville is a joke.

  6. hobartbaker says: Aug 2, 2011 7:30 PM

    LOL at the happy campers down in Duval. Gabbert slips a 200 pound rock into his hiking partner’s backpack.

  7. Nevis says: Aug 2, 2011 7:46 PM

    One of your stupidest posts in a while….

  8. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 2, 2011 7:51 PM

    Come on Gabbert, just because saying positive things about everyone to an absolute fault works out for Jon Gruden doesn’t mean you need to start paving the way for your commentating career yet.

    Garrard had one pretty good season and has been middling at very best since.

  9. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 2, 2011 7:53 PM

    Has anyone noticed the oddly similar structure in their last names?

  10. jaxuar says: Aug 2, 2011 8:21 PM

    Both Classy Guys…Go Jags!

  11. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 2, 2011 8:22 PM

    Kinda hard to blame Gabbert for his comments. Garrard has been nothing but classy and a true professional to ever since Gabbert was drafted. That being said, David Garrard is a good QB in this league. He’s about 16-17th best QB out of 32, which at the end of the day is pretty good, just not good enough to win the big one.
    Much props to Gabbert though for paying homage to a guy he’s eventually going to replace. By the way, for all you non-believers, Gabbert is the real deal. Go Jags.

  12. tonyinjax says: Aug 2, 2011 8:38 PM

    Garrard is a decent QB without a bunch of superstars around him. Gabbert is a rookie who, thus far, is saying, doing and looking like the guy that we want to come and lead the team…. NEXT YEAR.

    Let him have some guys come at him while he’s wearing teal and not red – methinks he’ll still be OK, but’ll probably think twice before zipping a ball across the middle between two defenders, knowing that he’s going down hard and the reciever is gonna get killed across the middle.

    Everyone (media, bloggers, facebook friends, guys in the bar) keeps saying how the Texans have this awesome offense, how every year they’re picked to win the division, and why not with a great QB, Schaub, (not proven) one of the best WRs in the league (proven) and the rushing title winner of last year (fact). How many playoff games have they won?

    Just sayin’

  13. crit76 says: Aug 2, 2011 8:49 PM

    nationalmediacansuckit sez

    “He’s about 16-17th best QB out of 32, which at the end of the day is pretty good, just not good enough to win the big one.”

    National, I to support Garrard too, he is classy guy and when he’s good, he is very good, but when he’s bad, he is very bad! Hopefully Gabbert will be consistently good!!!

    Also, I wasn’t a math major but 16-17 out of 32, I believe, would be considered average.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 2, 2011 8:51 PM

    “nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 2, 2011 8:22 PM
    Kinda hard to blame Gabbert for his comments. Garrard has been nothing but classy and a true professional to ever since Gabbert was drafted. That being said, David Garrard is a good QB in this league. He’s about 16-17th best QB out of 32, which at the end of the day is pretty good, just not good enough to win the big one.”

    By definition, being 16th to 17th out of 32 makes you exactly average to slightly below average.

    That is not, by definition, “pretty good”.

    No one brings home a C and has their parents go “Well, that’s pretty good.” They say “Well, I guess it could’ve been worse.”

  15. qdog112 says: Aug 2, 2011 9:30 PM

    Gabbert is smart, if nothing else. He is studying behind a very good QB. Many of you who bash Garrard have never seen him play and didn’t bother to check his stats or understand who he has played with. With the right supporting cast, Garrard is top 10 easily.

  16. jagmania65 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:47 PM

    Garrard has been nothing but classy through this whole thing. He knows that his time is growing short – he was drafted by Tom Coughlin, after all. But when Gabbert came to Jacksonville to work out with the Jags players, Garrard lent Gabbert one of his cars to get around town. Certainly not the same welcome that Lord Favre gave to his successor…

  17. jaimelh02 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:20 AM

    Gabbert must be a scrub if he think Garrard is a great quarterback lol

  18. egetto says: Aug 3, 2011 10:01 PM

    Even this early, as a rookie right after a lockout, seeing him in training camp….whatever “it” is, he’s got it. Back shoulder throws, tight window throws, awareness….. This could be the best 12M any team has ever spent

  19. bengal1975 says: Aug 4, 2011 1:33 AM

    I was a Jaguar fan for about 15 years….i finally am saying screw it and switching teams because Garrard has been a joke. as someone who watched every Jaguar game you NEVER knew what to expect from him…..Jaguars made their fanbase suffer for too long with an idiot QB that smiles after throwing a TD when they are down by 20 in the late 4th quarter…..DG is nothing but a TD vulture who fools you people that just look at overall stats. oh, and ever heard of Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones Drew and Jimmy Smith?? those ar some of those “non-star players” that were just a bit of his supporting cast. i am just thankful i dont have to listen to idiot Garrard fan apologists anymore….good riddance

  20. bigvinnyinjax says: Aug 4, 2011 6:57 AM

    Garrard is a very nice guy, but a very average quarterback. Not his fault that the morons in the front office chose to overpay him so drastically.

    True that he’s never had a decent WR to throw to, but I still doubt he’d have even been a top 10 guy with two HOF’ers catching balls from him.

    And seriously, what is Gabbert supposed to say? – “I can’t believe this guy’s been a starter as long as he has – I’ll be taking his job by Week 4?”

    It’s just what rookies say about the incumbent when they are drafted to replace him.

  21. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 4, 2011 9:57 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    Aug 2, 2011 8:51 PM
    By definition, being 16th to 17th out of 32 makes you exactly average to slightly below average.

    That is not, by definition, “pretty good”.

    No one brings home a C and has their parents go “Well, that’s pretty good.” They say “Well, I guess it could’ve been worse.”
    ————————————————-
    Yes, by definition 16 out of 32 is average and we all know Garrard has been an average QB for the most part. Still doesn’t mean that Garrard hasn’t been pretty good at times. Besides my opinion is the only one that matters to me. You proofreading cats on these blogs crack me up. So Mr. Futter, do I have to stay after class and write the word “average” 100 times on the chalkboard or can I go to practice?

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