Blaine Gabbert quickly applying heat to David Garrard

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It’s August 18, and we’re not sure who will open the season as the Jaguars starting quarterback.

The favorite remains veteran David Garrard, but the decision doesn’t appear to be the slam dunk that it was a few weeks ago. Garrard missed a lot of time early in camp with a back injury, and rookie Blaine Gabbert has reportedly come along faster than expected.

Gabbert still got reps with the No. 1 offense this week, even after Garrard returned.  The rookie has impressed the Jaguars staff with his ability to pick things up quickly in camp.

“The reality is, the Jaguars have a very real quarterback competition,” Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times Union writes. “It’s become apparent from talking to people in the building and by watching Gabbert throughout camp that he has the ability to be an NFL quarterback — and soon.

Garrard will start Friday against the Falcons. It would still be a surprise to see him lose his job, but Jack Del Rio has made a surprising and decisive quarterback move in camp before.

It was only four years ago that Del Rio stunned the football world by dumping Byron Leftwich for Garrard on September 1 after Leftwich ran as a starter during camp. The Jaguars cut Leftwich partly because he was making a starter’s salary and the team decided he was the second best QB on the team.

Garrard is due almost $8 million this season. At the very least, it looks like he’ll have a short leash in the regular season.

At worst, we wonder if he’s a candidate to get cut or offered as trade bait.

42 responses to “Blaine Gabbert quickly applying heat to David Garrard

  1. In Gene we trust!

    Gabbert has the “it” factor to be on the level of Manning & Brady. With the way Gene Smith is building this roster, I would not be surprised to see the Jags playing in the Super Bowl next year.

  2. It doesn’t seem like that long ago Garrard was wearing that all white suit, smiling, and talking about winning a super bowl

  3. In the Patriots game, Gabbert showed anticipation and accuracy that Garrard has never demonstrated in his whole career. It might be worth it to let Gabbert take his lumps this year so he’ll be that much better next year… it isn’t like the Jags are going to the Superbowl anyway. He reminds me of Aaron Rodgers but obviously less polished/experienced. Jags might be able to get a 3rd rounder for Garrard. I can’t believe I’m saying that, but Gabbert seriously impressed me in the Pats game. The kid is the real deal. I look forward to watching him in the preseason home opener this week. I’ll be in section 106 with my family. Go Jags!

    drgfri: Drop dead fool.

  4. They had to get somebody after they missed on Tim Tebow…good pick, and Gabbert will have them competitive once they get a no. 1 receiver…

  5. Del Rio is on the hot seat and another season without making the payoffs guarantees his firing. And he knows it.

    Given that reality, do you put your future in a rookie QB? Thats a TREMENDOUS roll of the dice…

  6. Gabbert is going to be here for a long time, and it looks like he’s going to start pressing Garrard very, very soon. But the team would be wise to let Garrard start the season. Gabbert is coming from a gimmicky offense at Mizzou and the kid did come out a year early. Throw in the lockout and the kid’s basically been a pro for two weeks. He’s going to be good but he’s not Superman.

  7. If you only knew how long I’ve waited to read something like this!

    I can still remember 2006 when he was benched for Quinn Gray after gimping to the finish line. He has since repeated this feat 3 times. Outside of 2007 David is Dilfer without the SB.

  8. @clintonportisheadd,

    If his job depends on making the playoffs, wouldn’t NOT starting Garrard be the best thing?

    After all, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

  9. I can assure you Redskins fans are watching how Gabbert does, being that he fell to us, we traded the pick to Jacksonville, and we’re starting REX GROSSMAN OR JOHN BECK………………..

  10. Quite a few teams would be happy to have someone of David Gerrard’s caliber. I think Buffalo would be happy to have someone of Byron Leftwich’s caliber.

  11. You guys can go look at all my pre-draft comments now where I mention that Gabbert has the “it” factor and will be a franchise quarterback…you know, the ones that got so many thumbs downs due to his “mediocrity.”

  12. Garrard is overpaid as a starting quarterback and he will be GROSSLY overpaid as a backup. Gene Smith needs to get Dan Snyder on the phone and see what will he give him in exchange for David Gararrd. Gararrd is flawed, but he is still better than Beck and Grossman put together. Someone has to save Mike Shannahan from the delusion that he can win with Grossman or Beck at QB.

  13. drgfri says:
    Aug 18, 2011 9:51 AM
    No worries gentlemen, soon you will be enjoying the heat in LA..
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    How original, inbred.

    What a great situation the Jags have although I feel Garrard should be the starter going into the season. At 6’5″ 235lbs strong arm and quick release, Blaine Gabbert sure does look the role. If he works out as expected life will be good. Go Jags.

  14. The Redskins traded for Mark Brunell the last time that Jacksonville drafted a QB – wanna go double or nothing?

  15. “Blaine Gabbert quickly applying heat to David Garrard”

    And here I thought this was a football site…

  16. This has nothing to do with Gabbert’s long-term prospects, and he may indeed be the answer for years to come.

    But if I’m a team scheduled to play the Jags in the first 4-6 weeks of the season especially, I’m hoping the Jags throw him into the deep end right away.

  17. Yep, I challenged drgfri to stop making the same old stupid foot jokes and make an intelligent football comment and you can see how that went. Annoying jerk.

  18. “In Gene we trust!

    Gabbert has the “it” factor to be on the level of Manning & Brady. With the way Gene Smith is building this roster, I would not be surprised to see the Jags playing in the Super Bowl next year.”

    With the say Gene is building this roster, I would not be surprised to see the Jags playing in Los Angeles next year.

  19. Good to see unlike the other QBs, the bar is set real low for Blaine just so the media hype surrounding him can appear truthful.

  20. This year: Gabbert learns the ropes and comes in to start once the season is lost.

    Next year: Jags, with 1st-round receiver and seasoned Gabbert, start what will possibly be a turnover of the division.

    I don’t follow te Jags, but it would be nice to see them do well and make the division competition more interesting.

  21. I don’t know which one is the nuttiest, Eli being in Brady’s class or Gabbert pressuring Garrard? I hope Garrard sits just to show them what they have in the kid. If he’s got “it” put him and let’s go.

  22. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Aug 18, 2011 10:39 AM

    You guys can go look at all my pre-draft comments now where I mention that Gabbert has the “it” factor and will be a franchise quarterback…you know, the ones that got so many thumbs downs due to his “mediocrity.”
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    Didn’t Mel Kiper have Gabbert rated really high? Wasn’t he the same guy who raved about Jimmy Clausen? You may step down – no further questions.

  23. robigd says:
    Aug 18, 2011 10:23 AM
    The thumbs up/thumbs down is the worst invention ever.

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    Correct, sir. All that mechanism does is allow insecure fan bases like the Pats have to follow each other here and blindly vote “thumbs up” on lame posts by other Pats fans, while voting “thumbs down” on all other posts by fans of teams that they love to hate on.

    Thumbs down if you are one of those bandwagon Pats fan idiots, circa 2001.

  24. sj39 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 11:48 AM
    Yep, I challenged drgfri to stop making the same old stupid foot jokes and make an intelligent football comment and you can see how that went. Annoying jerk.

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    Not any wonder that drgfri is a loser bandwagon Pats fan. Thanks for exposing that jerk, sj39.

  25. Great, going to have a real quarterback throwing nice passes to recievers that DROP the BALL…! It happened 3 or 4 times against the PATs last week…! They need a # ONE reciever for which they havent had since Jimmy Smith..!

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