Jacksonville Jaguars Roundup

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: A general view of EverBank Field ahead of the Tennessee Titans versus Jacksonville Jaguars on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Let's spin around the internets to see what others are saying about the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

Panthers avoid blackout, with a little help | ProFootballTalk
The Carolina Panthers have the hottest young rookie in the NFL.  But that wasn’t enough to sell out the non-premium tickets at Bank of America Stadium for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, without a little help. According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Anheuser-Busch and WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte that will televise Sunday’s game, purchased the remaining tickets.  As of Tuesday, 1,200 tickets remained.  The tickets will be given to local charities, members of the military, and police, fire, and EMS first responders.

Jaguars Notebook: New quarterback, but same commitment to run | jacksonville.com
Don't look for the Jaguars to have a new look when they usher in the Blaine Gabbert era Sunday. "We're a run-first team," offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Thursday. "To be successful, we need to run the ball. That's no secret to them, either. We're going to try to run it and they're going to try to stop the run."

 

Jaguars receivers look to grab spotlight against Carolina | jacksonville.com
As the Jaguars turn to Blaine Gabbert this week, inexperienced, but with a strong arm and the chutzpah to throw into windows not all quarterbacks can, their passing offense will try to rebound from last week against the New York Jets. The Jaguars will go against Carolina's pass defense, ranked 26th in the NFL, on Sunday. And while the offense will still run through running back Maurice Jones-Drew, if they succeed, it'll give the Jaguars an opportunity to shine more light on their receiving group, a position group little-known throughout the league.

 

Magnificent Seven VIII - Jaguars news on jaguars.com
7)No turning back. One thing that’s certain about the move the Jaguars made Wednesday is that there is absolutely no turning back. Before the Jaguars named Blaine Gabbert the starting quarterback officially, some observers floated the idea that there was no risk in starting Gabbert because you could always go to Luke McCown for a game or two if things didn’t work out. Uh-uh, and no way.

 

New week, same approach - Jaguars news on jaguars.com
When it comes to the Jaguars’ new starting quarterback, Dirk Koetter said reality is pretty simple. He is talented. He can make every throw necessary. And he is now the guy. Koetter, the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, said while all of that is true – and while one of Blaine Gabbert’s strengths is obviously a very special right arm – it also remains true that the 2011 first-round draft selection is still very much a rookie entering his first professional start.

 

Will Blaine Gabbert Save the Jacksonville Jaguars' Season? | September
Now that the move to start rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been made, we have to ask. Will the move save the Jaguars' season? To answer that, we first have to ask; does the Jaguars' season need to be saved? The Jaguars had a bad game against the Jets. I've been trying to be logical all week, and all come out front and say this. I was wrong to support Luke McCown as the starter. There. I said it. Here's why I was wrong. This team isn't as good as I thought they were. My expectations were too high, but let me be very up front about something else. I still think this team can make the playoffs. Here's the problem. It would take great play from Gabbert for them to do so.

 

Blaine Gabbert & the Hype Train | Jaguars Blog
The term "hype" probably finds its way into sports vernacular way more often than it should.  There is way too much "to-do" about things that haven’t even had a chance to happen yet.  In sports, the vast majority of hype centers around rookies and/or young prospects that haven’t had a chance to prove themselves. The Jaguars organization decided to hop aboard the Hype Train by anointing rookie Blaine Gabbert the starting quarterback this week.  Since the draft, Gabbert has been deemed the "next franchise quarterback", "savior of the franchise", etc.  Will he live up to the hype?  We don’t know yet.  This article isn’t going to answer that question.

 

Del Rio smartly changes scout team offense - AFC South Blog - ESPN
To have a rookie running another team's plays as the scout team for the benefit of the defense seems wasteful. A) He doesn’t have the experience to give the defense a great look and; B) He’s not learning anything about his own team’s offense while running another team’s plays. I give Jack Del Rio huge credit for coming up with a system that’s been far more beneficial to Blaine Gabbert through the first two weeks of the season. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter spelled it out for the Jacksonville media Thursday. 

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