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Jaguars' Blaine Gabbert - There is a New Starter in Jacksonville

Updated on July 20, 2012
Blaine Gabbert
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Blaine Gabbart

Number 10 pick overall in the 2011 NFL Draft Blaine Gabbart is the new starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former Missouri quarterback is now given full helm of the reins following the benching of career backup Luke McCown.

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Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert | Source

Quarterback Controversy in Jacksonville

In a surprising turn of events, the Jacksonville Jaguars cut their starting quarterback David Garrard just days before the 2011 season. This is after repeated confirmations from head coach Jack Del Rio that "David is our starter." Giving many in Jacksonville a deja vu feeling recalling the 2007 depart of first round pick and starting quarterback Byron Leftwich. Following a media whirlwind, many confused Jaguar fans, and "Luke McCown" becoming a trending topic on the ever so popular social networking site Twitter; McCown or "McClown" as he has been frequently referred to in recent days by Jaguar fans, was named the Week 1 starter. The release of David Garrard has been viewed by many as a money saving measure (he was due 8 million this season) although this has been denied by Jaguars' Organization. McCown held his own against the paltry Tennessee Titans who looked hapless without Jeff Fisher and the ever so controversial Vince Young at the helm. Putting up respectable numbers in the season opener completing roughly 71% of his pass attempts for 175 and zero touchdowns and interceptions. Leading the Jaguars to victory in a modest 16-14 win. The future for McCown looked hopeful in the short term, limiting turnovers that have plagued Jaguar's ability to succeed.

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Luke McCown Get Deflated by the Jets Defense

After a much needed revival of "Jaguar Pride" following the week 1 victory, McCown does what any former Cleveland Brown quarterback would do. He plays like a former Cleveland Brown quarterback, posting the worst statistical passer rating in Jacksonville Jaguar history with an abysmal 1.8. Throwing an overwhelming 4 interceptions against the New York Jets in a 32-3 loss where he was eventually benched for his poor performance. This resulted in an outcry of from Jaguar fans and analyst criticizing the team's recent personal moves.

The Chosen One

Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert | Source

The Chosen One

Jaguars have now chosen to go ahead and start the Jacksonville's golden boy or the chosen one. Blaine Gabbart aka "Sunshine" (as he has been nicknamed due to his similarity to Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass's character in the film Remember the Titans) must now carry the burden brought forth from the early success of the Tom Coughlin regime and the expectations of becoming "the next Mark Brunell." In an era where Jacksonville has been bullied by Peyton Manning's Colts in the past decade and in a season where "Manning is missing", Gabbert's play is ever more important (Jaguars have never played in a Super Bowl). In his NFL debut Gabbert went 5-6 for 52 yards and had a QB Rating of 102.8 He will make his first NFL start this week in Carolina against fellow rookie Cam Newton and the Panthers.

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