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Jaguars told to refer QB questions to Del Rio

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Everyone in Jacksonville wants to know who is going to start at quarterback this week.

Quarterbacks Luke McCown and Blaine Gabbert don’t know. Jaguars teammates don’t know either.

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union writes that the Jaguars were told to refer all quarterback questions to coach Jack Del Rio. Of course, Del Rio isn’t saying much.

“The only thing I’d like to say at this point today is that we’re evaluating the tape,” Del Rio said Monday. “We will let you know when it’s appropriate.”

“We’re just as clueless as you guys are,” wide receiver Mike Thomas said.

Del Rio will probably keep things secret as long as possible.  Delaying the decision seems to bode well for Gabbert.  Thomas would like to see McCown get another shot.

“Personally, you would hope Luke gets a chance to redeem himself. I think you would always prefer that a guy who has a bad game would get a chance to redeem himself, but everybody knows the situation around here too,” Thomas said.

So what’s the situation?

“You take a quarterback at 10. Nine times out of 10, guys who are taken that high, they play. That’s the situation.”

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26 Responses to “Jaguars told to refer QB questions to Del Rio”
  1. plum13sec says: Sep 20, 2011 11:59 AM

    How does Del Rio still manage to be a Head Coach?

  2. shackdelrio says: Sep 20, 2011 12:11 PM

    “plum13sec says:
    Sep 20, 2011 11:59 AM
    How does Del Rio still manage to be a Head Coach?”

    The same reason Marvin Lewis, Tony Sparano and Gary Kubiak do. Teams were less likely to can their coach this offseason because of the lockout. Had the lockout gone into the season, the team would be paying two head coaches to essentially do nothing. Had this been a normal offseason, a few if not all of the coaches I mentioned would have been gone.

  3. nineroutsider says: Sep 20, 2011 12:13 PM

    I guess McCown isn’t the next Garrard, not even close, and that should cost Del Rio his gig. Reminds me of Singletary with A Smith and T Smith…what a joke that was…

  4. crit76 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:14 PM

    Del Rio needs to go!!!

  5. rkel10 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:14 PM

    The only question is which QB is going to suck less.

  6. elotrain says: Sep 20, 2011 12:16 PM

    JDR is hoping this turns into a Blame Gabbert year for him

  7. benh999 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:16 PM

    Good thing they dumped off Garrard. He might’ve kept them just good enough to be out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

  8. slawsc says: Sep 20, 2011 12:17 PM

    As a Jaguars fan, when it was decided that we were “rebuilding” going into the 2009 season, and after the 2008 debacle, that would have been a time to consider letting go of JDR and clean house, but for some reason we decided to “rebuild” with all the important pieces in place (JDR and David). Then after the meltdown of 2009 season, somehow JDR survied again. Then after another identical meltdown of the 2010 season, JDR survies once again. How? Who the F knows? This franchise isn’t “rebuilding” until he is gone and a new direction is brought in. Somehow we have been blessed with Jack’s historic run in Jacksonville for 9 years (only coach to ever coach into a 9th season without winning a Division title in NFL history). When is enough, enough?

  9. Soulman45 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:40 PM

    No matter who start for the jags they will lose by 14 points or more.

  10. suckleague says: Sep 20, 2011 12:58 PM

    He was pretty bad here in Tamper, but I didn’t think he’d be four interceptions bad. But, really, after 2 or even 3 picks, sit the guy down. What is Del Rio thinking.

  11. jpb12 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:02 PM

    Thankfully, nobody cares. He won’t get ten questions about this, and so won’t have to answer til Sunday.

  12. favreforever says: Sep 20, 2011 1:05 PM

    Jags will be fine. Club managed the transition to Gabbert as well as possible. They needed those few extra weeks because of the lockout. Plus the fact that Gabbert is the youngest QB in the league and the only true junior at the position coming out of the draft.

  13. omegaichiban says: Sep 20, 2011 1:11 PM

    Andrew Luck…W/Chucky as HC??

  14. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 20, 2011 1:12 PM

    9 years of dismal passing attack.

  15. lacharger2112 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:31 PM

    With the Andrew Luck sweepstakes currently in progress, this could be the first season we have three teams go 0-16! Then they will argue about losing the tiebreakers to another win-less team.

  16. regisphilbin says: Sep 20, 2011 1:36 PM

    what happened to my post? http://www.firedelrio.com

  17. TheDPR says: Sep 20, 2011 2:02 PM

    Jags have a poor shot at Andrew Luck. There are too many teams that are even worse.

  18. blancodiablo says: Sep 20, 2011 2:26 PM

    Jags will never be in the Luck running; they have their QB. Instead they will trade down a couple of spots and take the best Division III player available based on character.

  19. mikerol124 says: Sep 20, 2011 3:21 PM

    “Jags will never be in the Luck running; they have their QB. Instead they will trade down a couple of spots and take the best Division III player available based on character.”

    This guy has it right. Pretty sure they’ll be eyeballing a fullback from Barbizon Beauty School in the first round. Hey, he’s the team captain so he must be good.

  20. kenny1960 says: Sep 20, 2011 3:28 PM

    Tom Coughlin was fired after not only building this team and making it a instant contender he won the division at least 3 times and made it to the AFC Championship game as well. I have always felt it was Wayne Weavers biggest mistake to fire Coughlin. He should have looked at the stability they have in Pittsburgh where they stick with their coaches if they have a couple of bad years and allow them the opportunity to rebuild their team. Now teams fire the coach if he does not win in a couple of years, All except Jacksonville . Now is when they need to make a change and they will not do it. A mistake to do it years ago and a even bigger mistake not to do it now.

  21. shackdelrio says: Sep 20, 2011 4:02 PM

    “mikerol124 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 3:21 PM
    “Jags will never be in the Luck running; they have their QB. Instead they will trade down a couple of spots and take the best Division III player available based on character.”

    This guy has it right. Pretty sure they’ll be eyeballing a fullback from Barbizon Beauty School in the first round. Hey, he’s the team captain so he must be good.”

    Gene Smith’s three first round picks have been from the ACC, Pac 10 and Big 12. Whats the problem?

  22. managod777 says: Sep 20, 2011 4:26 PM

    I could care less about the Jags. But if Del Rio’s job depends on winning this year, they should have dumped his contract too. They should make plans to move to LA and start looking to hire another guy. But since the owners have such a sweet deal, it doesn’t matter. They don’t have to win to survive. They just have to pay guys more now due to the new minimum. In other words, except for a new coach, nothing will change. I bet they wish they didn’t cut Gerrard.

  23. blancodiablo says: Sep 20, 2011 4:45 PM

    shackdelrio says:Sep 20, 2011 4:02 PM

    Gene Smith’s three first round picks have been from the ACC, Pac 10 and Big 12. Whats the problem?
    ———————————
    Sarcasm dude.

    If I play devils advocate, Eugene Monroe hasnt proven himself worthy of the #8 pick (and where’s Eben?). Especially when Michael Oher fell to the 23 spot.

    I like Alualu, but seriously, #10? Good player, horrible pick placement. I’m not buying that they couldnt have traded down and picked up the same player and got another pick.

    I really like the Gabbert pick, but lets be realistic. The Jags #1 receiver is 5’9. This is a draft failure by not committing some picks for blue chip receivers.

    And I’m not going to ignore Rounds 2-7 and the GM’s penchance for small school (re: cheap) athletes and pass that off as an NFL caliber team.

    People are ready to off Del Rio’s head and I’m first in line. But it’s time for “In Gene we Trust” to start producing.

  24. therillest says: Sep 20, 2011 8:10 PM

    @shackdelrio

    Gene is a scout, not a GM. I respect his due diligence and all the hard work he puts in, but his scout mentality of trying to find the diamond in the rough that nobody else knows about has crippled out roster. There needs to be a GM in place to “check” some of his decisions because this roster isn’t NFL caliber.

  25. bigvinnyinjax says: Sep 21, 2011 6:50 AM

    If the Jaguars were to go 1-15 (quite possible) and somehow get the #1 overall draft pick they would not, under any circumstances, draft Luck. Gabbert is the quarterback of the team for the next decade. Period. With or without Del Ego.

    They would trade the pick away, and by the grace of God they’d actually draft a WR.

    No QB – not Brady, Brees, Vick, Flacco, Ryan, or Rivers – could be successful with these WRs. None.

  26. shackdelrio says: Sep 21, 2011 4:18 PM

    “therillest says:
    Sep 20, 2011 8:10 PM
    @shackdelrio

    Gene is a scout, not a GM. I respect his due diligence and all the hard work he puts in, but his scout mentality of trying to find the diamond in the rough that nobody else knows about has crippled out roster. There needs to be a GM in place to “check” some of his decisions because this roster isn’t NFL caliber.”

    If it wasn’t “NFL caliber”, they wouldn’t have won 8 games last year.

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