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Report: Blaine Gabbert will start Sunday

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It looks like we’ll get to watch a battle of top ten rookie quarterbacks Sunday in Carolina.

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports that the Jaguars will start Blaine Gabbert at quarterback Sunday against Cam Newton and the Panthers.  Luke McCown will not get a chance to rinse off the stench from his four interception performance against the Jets.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio refused to name a starter Monday or Tuesday, which was a good sign for the rookie.  The No. 10 overall pick impressed the Jaguars in training camp, but his play did not carry over to the preseason where he looked a step slow mentally and often inaccurate.

We can’t imagine Del Rio wanted to go to Gabbert this quickly, but McCown’s play must have made the team reconsider.

There’s no going back now; Del Rio is all in with Gabbert.

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54 Responses to “Report: Blaine Gabbert will start Sunday”
  1. wawa33 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:27 AM

    This is the first auditon of the Los Angeles Jaguars.

  2. jw731 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:31 AM

    So……If he gets a 3.6 passer rating, the QB play will have improved 100 %…How does Del Rio still have a job?

  3. m2karateman says: Sep 21, 2011 8:32 AM

    I hear David Garrard is still available. Just sayin’.

  4. mwm367 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:33 AM

    Cam will have another incredible game and the Panthers will get their first win. Tough break Blaine. This is what they call being thrown to the wolves.

  5. southpaw2k says: Sep 21, 2011 8:35 AM

    Hope he’s working on putting his resume together too, since come January 2 Del Rio will be looking for a new job.

  6. zoxitic says: Sep 21, 2011 8:37 AM

    Let the new era begin.

  7. choisbois says: Sep 21, 2011 8:39 AM

    Good news for the Jags. Let’s see what he’s got. I’m curious.

  8. realitypolice says: Sep 21, 2011 8:40 AM

    Didn’t the other QB starting in that game this Sunday also look “a step slow mentally and often inaccurate” in the preseason? I remember something like a 43% completion percentage?

    Will we ever learn how little pre-season statistics mean?

    Not saying Gabbert will be good, but it is a little ironic that you point out his preseason results when Newton has already shown you in two weeks how irrelevant those results are in measuring future performance.

  9. duanethomas says: Sep 21, 2011 8:41 AM

    Del Rio is all in and will be fired by week 8. Gabbert maybe the answer, but I hate to know what the question was. Overdrafted! Cam is going to go wild on this team.

  10. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 21, 2011 8:49 AM

    Please rinse off the stench that is on your hands.

  11. umbskinsfan says: Sep 21, 2011 8:51 AM

    Report: Blaine Gabbert will start Sunday…

    …and the Jaguars will lose.

  12. kiltherl says: Sep 21, 2011 8:59 AM

    Yess!!!

  13. jimmysee says: Sep 21, 2011 9:00 AM

    After Sundat, Newton will have *three times* as many starts as Gabbert.

  14. cl8n82 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:04 AM

    looks like the panties are going to get their 1st win..

  15. nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 21, 2011 9:07 AM

    “There’s no going back now; Del Rio is all in with Gabbert.”

    And he’s “all out” with the fans. Look, this guy and former GM Shack Harris has set this franchise back 4-5 years. This was a organizational decision not Del Rio. Hopefully Wayne Weaver has had enough with the games of this guy and get an elite head coach/offensive coordinator(Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden, etc) to coach up Blaine Gabbert otherwise drafting the supposedly “future” will be a waste.

  16. bydabeach says: Sep 21, 2011 9:13 AM

    And David Garrard wasn’t the best option at quarterback?

  17. regisphilbin says: Sep 21, 2011 9:17 AM

    All I want for Christmas is a offensive coach. JDR isn’t even a good aggressive defensive coach with the soft zone help loves. Look what he did to Williams 2 seasons ago!!

  18. robigd says: Sep 21, 2011 9:19 AM

    Scam Newton and Lebron James have something in common.

    They are both over-hyped, and have/and will never do anything relevant in the pros.

  19. jdreed68 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:29 AM

    Now that Blaine was named the starter, He will be cut on Saturday before the game.

  20. levingibbs says: Sep 21, 2011 9:32 AM

    robigd says: Sep 21, 2011 9:19 AM

    Scam Newton and Lebron James have something in common.

    They are both over-hyped, and have/and will never do anything relevant in the pros.

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    LeBron James is a two-time league MVP? He’s made the NBA Finals twice?

    Cam Newton is the only QB in NFL history to throw for over 400+ yards in their first 2 starts?

    Please leave.

  21. robigd says: Sep 21, 2011 9:39 AM

    @levingibbs,

    Pros are measured in championships.

  22. NFLJunkie says: Sep 21, 2011 9:39 AM

    Hopefully Wayne Weaver has had enough with the games of this guy and get an elite head coach/offensive coordinator(Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden, etc)…

    A Jaguars fan mentioning Jeff Fisher on a head coaching wish list? Is there a record low temperature in hell today?

  23. joetoronto says: Sep 21, 2011 9:50 AM

    It’s week 3 and NOW you put the kid in?

    If the plan was to go with the kid this year, he should have started the season and Garrard should have been let go earlier in the off season.

    This just confirms that management has no idea what they’re doing.

  24. jagwar73 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:50 AM

    Thank you! Can’t wait to watch. Please protect him and we’ll improve to 2-1. Let’s go Jags!

  25. mcfluckey96 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:54 AM

    this guy is the real deal!

  26. tradeassociation says: Sep 21, 2011 9:54 AM

    @robigd:

    So obviously Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton, Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts and Barry Sanders never did anything relevant in the pros, while Jeff Hostetler and Trent Dilfer did, right?

    Clueless …

  27. godofwine330 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:55 AM

    I am going to love watching this game with the Sunday Ticket. All of the Cam haters are eating crow because he is showing that he not only has the arm strength, but the fundamentals, the work ethic, and the determination that many thought were non-existant in him. Like Warren Moon said, “I don’t wanna say i told you so but…”

    The Panthers are suffering through the loss of yet another linebacker, so it will be tough, but I am hoping to see Cam and the Panthers pull this one out. My brother is a Jags fan so he will definitely be against Cam doing anything well.

  28. chadmurdigan says: Sep 21, 2011 10:07 AM

    “Cam Newton is the only QB in NFL history to throw for over 400+ yards in their first 2 starts?”

    If you lose both games throwing for 400+ yards in each one doesn’t mean squat.

  29. mwcarolina says: Sep 21, 2011 10:12 AM

    A Jaguars fan mentioning Jeff Fisher on a head coaching wish list? Is there a record low temperature in hell today?
    ———————————————————–
    are you saying Fisher is a bad coach or are you saying he will NOT go to Jacksonville???? honestly, if Jacksonville offered him the job i will NOT be shocked if he accepts it. he may want to get revenge on the titans owner for firing him.

    NOW for Gabbert, he draws the start and the panthers defense hasnt been playing lights out. they looked good last week, BUT there can be a hole or two spotted. like a 70 yard pass to Doucet or a long ball to Jennings. Gabbert will and should look for Lewis early and often and try to get Gamble burnt deep. i see him having 200 yards, a TD and an INT and losing the game because i dont think the Jags defense can stop Newton.

  30. terrellblowens says: Sep 21, 2011 10:26 AM

    Del Rio needs to be fired. He cut his QB to buy himself some time and it’s blowing up in his face. I feel bad for the Jags fans who were forced to watch this team.

  31. mechajaguar says: Sep 21, 2011 10:34 AM

    Cam Newton will crash back to earth on Sunday with our improved pass rush and secondary. I don’t expect Gabbert to throw for 350+ yards and 4 TDs, but I don’t think that he’ll blow it.

  32. tradeassociation says: Sep 21, 2011 10:34 AM

    @chadmurdigan:

    So, Peyton Manning’s 3-13 rookie year didn’t mean squat?

    Look, if it were Sam Bradford or Andrew Luck putting up these numbers, there wouldn’t be any naysayers. This is just nonsense from people who have a ton emotionally invested in Newton’s failure.

  33. tradeassociation says: Sep 21, 2011 10:37 AM

    chadmurdigan:

    Yeah. Hiring a guy who won 4 playoff games in his career – 3 of them in 1999 – and basically ran the organization into the ground with his horrible personnel decisions makes a lot of sense. Also, if the Jaguars get a new coach, it will likely be an offense guy who can be creative with Blaine Gabbert and put fans in the seats. (The Jags might even hire – gasp! – Cam Newton’s offensive coordinator in Carolina, who used to the be Miami Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator.)

  34. mjdstwittervoice says: Sep 21, 2011 10:43 AM

    Jaguar fans have had to sit and watch (mostly for away games or those who do have season tickets) up and down QB play for the past 10 years. Ya might as well throw the rookie in there, see what he’s got and let him learn. If we’re gonna have a roller coaster season at QB I’d rather it be with Blaine than Luke McCown, who probably won’t even be on the roster next year.

  35. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 21, 2011 10:49 AM

    Another “pure football” decision by Del Rio, I’m sure. If we were looking for a wet nurse for Gabbert, David was the right guy. Now he has nobody with any real success as a mentor.

  36. mwm367 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:00 AM

    Be sure and watch this game all you Cam haters. He will toast Jax. They don’t have anyone that can guard Steve Smith. And if he’s not open then there’s Olsen, Shockey,LaFell, and J-Stew out of the backfield. This could be a 500 yard game for Cam. If he can put 432 up on green bay then jax will be a walk in the park. I love it when you hate our QB.

  37. midwestguru says: Sep 21, 2011 11:12 AM

    Its funny bc the Redskins got all the hate preseason and now any of Grossman Mc’ toolbox or Beck are better options.

  38. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 21, 2011 11:28 AM

    Umm … Our qb situation is shaky, but our defense ain’t no joke, and neither is our running game.

    We did already beat Hasselbeck and the titans.

    Newton will do what we allow him to do.

  39. bigvinnyinjax says: Sep 21, 2011 11:40 AM

    What has been missed in all of the quarterback chaos is the fact that the Jaguars D is vastly improved. Not saying the Jaguars will win, but I don’t see Cam throwing for 400 this time.

  40. ivedoneyourwife says: Sep 21, 2011 11:45 AM

    For a fanbase who, in the last two season has gone 2-14 and 0-2, respectively, sure does talk a lot of smack.
    With Jack Del Rio at the helm, a lot of firsts for other teams seem to happen. Like, gulp, a first win for Rivera and Newton?

  41. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 21, 2011 11:50 AM

    All’s I know is, the Redskins could have had Gabbert and traded that pick to the Jags, who took him. I was very upset at the time, because our QB’s are/were Beck and Grossman. Instead, we traded down and took some Linebacker I never heard of. Ryan Kerrigan has turned out to be a wonderful young LB with all kinds of promise, but if Gabbert turns out great and we still have 5’9″ Rexy, I could become upset at some point…..

  42. pigskinswag says: Sep 21, 2011 12:16 PM

    Did anyone NOT see this coming? Did anyone actually think that Luke McClown was going to start all season? With the Jaguars being solid on defense and having MJD and Marcedes Lewis, Gabbert’s transition will be a lot easier

  43. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 21, 2011 12:30 PM

    mechajaguar says:Sep 21, 2011 10:34 AM

    Cam Newton will crash back to earth on Sunday with our improved pass rush and secondary. I don’t expect Gabbert to throw for 350+ yards and 4 TDs, but I don’t think that he’ll blow it.

    —————————————

    I think Cam Newton is going to make you eat those words as I ate mine for saying he had no skills…

    See you here on Monday…

  44. expatpatfan says: Sep 21, 2011 1:18 PM

    Considering how bad/decimated by injury Carolina’s defense is, Gabbert actually has a chance of putting up decent numbers in his debut. I’m not predicting Newton-like numbers, but this game will be closer than most people think.

  45. kevpft says: Sep 21, 2011 1:32 PM

    It’s hard to believe all of this is better than keeping Garrard, especially now that the division is without Manning.

    Garrard may not be an elite QB, but he would have been among the most prepared and experienced in the division in a year with a lot of turmoil everywhere else, and having someone that familiar with things for Gabbert to study under would have probably benefitted both QBs.

    Instead, we have waffling, indecisiveness, and a rookie thrown into the fray seemingly without even as much preparation as other rookies (Dalton, Newton) have had.

    Unless Gabbert takes off immediately, this looks like poor short- and long-term decision making, at a time when just a little stability and consistency might be all it takes to get the team within shot of a playoff spot. They’re not better than Houston, but with a little luck, who knows what could have happened.

  46. egomaniac247 says: Sep 21, 2011 1:48 PM

    Of all the years to get rid of David Garrard, they choose the year Peyton Manning isn’t playing.

    Well done Jags coaches. You have just made the AFC South a two-team race.

  47. robigd says: Sep 21, 2011 2:14 PM

    egomaniac247 says: Sep 21, 2011 1:48 PM

    Of all the years to get rid of David Garrard, they choose the year Peyton Manning isn’t playing.

    Well done Jags coaches. You have just made the AFC South a two-team race.
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    who is the 2nd team you are referring to? The team Jacksonville beat in week 1?

  48. chadmurdigan says: Sep 21, 2011 2:53 PM

    “Look, if it were Sam Bradford or Andrew Luck putting up these numbers, there wouldn’t be any naysayers. This is just nonsense from people who have a ton emotionally invested in Newton’s failure.”

    I have nothing invested in Newton’s failure. All I’m saying is that 0-2 is zero wins and two losses.

    I don’t why so many fans try to make this into a racial or hater thing.

    Race and emotions like hate have nothing to do with a win/loss record.

  49. mechajaguar says: Sep 21, 2011 3:31 PM

    @pftequalsgreatjournalism: Nah, I’m usually right. Newton isn’t going to slice us apart. The Cardinals and Packers do not have great secondaries. Arizona isn’t as much of a threat in the secondary without Rodgers-Cromartie and the Pack Attack was torched for 400 yards by Drew Brees in Week 1 (Although, like the Patriots, they manage to force their fair share of turnovers). I’m telling you, it’s not going to be a walk in the park for Cam on Sunday.

  50. mwcarolina says: Sep 21, 2011 4:05 PM

    I have nothing invested in Newton’s failure. All I’m saying is that 0-2 is zero wins and two losses.
    ———————————————————–
    i am not a fan of just looking at a guys stats or just looking at a guys wins. that’s not the judge on qbs. if it was then Trent Dilfer is a hall of famer because he won a super bowl. Now, i look at stats, wins and other things like poise, leadership and decision making. Newotn has the stats, leadership and poise, but needs to improve decision making which will also help lead to wins.

  51. z561 says: Sep 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    Cam will be 0-3. The Panthers have been gashed on the ground by Beanie Wells and James Starks. What makes you think their front 7 poses a threat to MJD without their 2 best linebackers?

    MJD and the Jags ran all over tennessee and the Jets, 2 solid run defenses, without any threat of a passing game. What is stopping him for going for 150 in this game? Forget Cam, he will barely be on the field in this one.

  52. lwbjag says: Sep 21, 2011 5:59 PM

    Should be interesting to watch.
    I hope Gabbert isn’t “jinxed” by JDR’s past in selecting starting QBs…

  53. simalex says: Sep 21, 2011 6:27 PM

    Jacksonville’s management should get the Vinny Cerrato Award for demonstrating total lack of competence.

  54. egetto says: Sep 21, 2011 6:55 PM

    Dear Jag Haters and Trolls:

    The Jags are 1-1 and 1-0 in the division.
    They lost to a very good NYJ defense, smashed Sanchez around and stopped the run. 4 picks and a safety by the place holder QB distorted things greatly.
    They drafted Gabbert 10 overall, it was a matter of time until he played.
    The Jag defense is much better than the typical negative perception of all things Jaguar.
    David Garrard was not picked up by anyone.
    The Texans cannot stop the run.
    2011 AFC South Champions, you heard it here first.
    I’ll be here all year

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