Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union had a little blog post about Jack Del Rio setting up meetings for rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert with veteran quarterbacks taken from an article that Dan Pompei of the Nationfootball Post wrote.
"I'd love to see him spend some time with a Joe Theisman, a Rich Gannon, guys I know well who have done it at the highest level," Del Rio said. "Find out what it takes to be a quarterback in this league, what are some of the things you should and should not be doing. How you manage your time, deal with people pulling at you from different directions, prepare for different teams, digest a playbook. All those things that experience helps with."
Gabbert's already benefitted from the mentorship of Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, who let Gabbert borrow one of his cars while Gabbert was in Jacksonville, and had the rookie over to his house to watch film that week, too.
It seems as though the Jacksonville Jaguars are taking advantage of Gabbert's "smarts" while the lock out is on-going. Most scouts and his own coaches agree that Gabbert is a quick study and strives to know as much as possible, so it's good to see the rookie putting in that kind of work out of the gate.
A lot of the Pompei article was the same that we've heard before and after the draft. The whole "we don't have to play him right away, but if he's the best option he'll play" stuff.
"In a perfect world, I'd like to see him not have to play this year in terms of having time to develop," Del Rio told Pompei. "That doesn't mean I would keep him on the bench if I thought he was the best option to win. Ideally he's able to get that time to develop and really learn the game at this level. I'd love to see Garrard have a nice season, lead us into a playoff position, and then see if we can get hot. Things don't always happen the way you have them planned though."
It sounds as we most expect, however. It not as simple terms, Del Rio is simply stating that they will start the season with David Garrard and if he falters or they feel they'd be better off making the move to Gabbert it will be done. Del Rio did mention to Pompei that he plans to give Gabbert extensive reps in practice during camp and the regular season. I'd also expect him to see plenty of minutes in the pre-season as well.