Dave Caldwell: You can’t force picking a franchise quarterback


It’s been said that the two types of teams in the NFL are those that have franchise quarterbacks and those that are looking for franchise quarterbacks.

The Jaguars are firmly in the latter group this offseason because they took a shot at acquiring such a quarterback in the 2011 draft. Blaine Gabbert hasn’t panned out, however, and now the Jaguars have the third pick in the draft to go with a hole at a crucial position. That (and owner Shad Khan’s comment that the team would draft at least one quarterback) would suggest it is time for another rookie quarterback in Jacksonville, but General Manager Dave Caldwell insists that the Jaguars aren’t locked into finding a quarterback with their first-round pick.

“In today’s day and age, if you can’t get Peyton Manning or Matt Ryan, and they might not be available for the next 10 or 15 years, then you have to adapt and build the roster and do what’s best for the organization,” Caldwell said to Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com. “And if a quarterback presents itself later in the draft, you take and develop him. Having a franchise guy makes the world a lot easier, though. It can erase a lot of mistakes you make. But if you force it, you can screw it up. I don’t know if we’re going to find that guy, but I hope we do.”

Caldwell also told Prisco he’d rather get criticized for passing on a quarterback than deal with the consequences of picking the wrong one. Those consequences include the firing of general managers, which makes Caldwell’s point of view easy to understand.

Caldwell said Chad Henne did an “admirable” job for the team last year, the latest in a series of signals that the Jaguars would like to bring the veteran back next season. What role he’ll be playing remains to be seen, but Caldwell’s certainly sticking to the narrative about his chances of starting.

21 responses to “Dave Caldwell: You can’t force picking a franchise quarterback

  1. Caldwell always says “emerge” when talking about the quarterback position. Which indicates to me that he is still waiting for the Great White Hope to emerge. He never says “appear” or “arrive”, which would be more appropriate if he was looking towards someone outside the organization. As it should be. There is no one in this draft with the natural gifts of Gabbert, and Blaine is still younger than Rodgers, Brady, Kaepernick, Palmer, Brees, A. Smith, etc. were when they “emerged”.

  2. Once they use a high pick on a quarterback management becomes defined by that guy. As it is Caldwell and Bradley have a lot of rope and reduced expectations. Why would they take a plunge on a guy they aren’t overwhelmed by? Everything to lose and little to gain.

  3. Who knows if you can “trust your board”.

    Ken Whisenhunt, Andy Reid, Jim Schwartz, and Rob Chudzinski trusted their boards before they coached in their final years with their first teams.

    The Cowboys trust their board yearly and get futility with players like Mike Jenkins, Mo Claiborne, and Gavin Escobar.

    The best way to do that is have more additions than subtractions and playing with as few as holes as possible.

  4. This was always the Parcells move, and he had a ton of sucess so can’t argue it. But I bet the Dolphins wish they drafter Matt Ryan over Jake Long. You can’t force it but you can’t be timid either.

  5. Funny I don’t remember anybody calling Russell Wilson or Kaepernick top quarterback prospects and both of them have been to a superbowl, which the “franchise” quarterback that Matt Ryan hasn’t been to.

    Fact is there are a lot of idiots in suits being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to say many of the same things we do. Most of them are just as wrong.

    I don’t recall Joe Flacco being a household name in College, does anybody?

    I did hear about RG3 and Andrew Luck. Whole lotta talk for a couple of Superbowl caliber qb’s with zero superbowls on their resume.

  6. Providing Caldwell understands what is/isn’t a franchise QB, Caldwell is right.

    But knowing who is/isn’t a franchise QB is the key question. MANY MANY MANY personnel execs have blown the bunny and inked the Tim Couches, Ryan Leafs, Kelly Stouffers, Joey Harringtons and Jamarcus Russells of the world THINKING they were franchise QBs.

  7. My opinion: The Jags aren’t going for anyone with their 1st round pick I look for a trade down, or better yet – OUT of the first round for more picks later.

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