It seems Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was none too happy about the selection of quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the 2011 NFL Draft. As Adam Stites noted late last night, when Gabbert was selected Jones-Drew tweeted that "Garrard our guy and is always going to be our guy." That sounds like just normal teammate supportive speak, nothing really to raise an eye brow to.
Well, it's apparently elevated and I don't get it.
Last night on NFL Network, Maurice Jones-Drew morphed from simply "team speak" and supporting the incumbent starter to outright complaining.
I just feel like what we needed as an offense wasn't a new quarterback, we just needed another year amongst each other because we had a lot of new players come in," Jones-Drew said. "You see a team like the Patriots or the Steelers or the Colts, those guys (have) been in the same system for the 10, 12 years together, and so that's what we're trying to grow right now.
Honestly, I don't really understand what Jones-Drew is so upset about. I mean, does he think that Blaine Gabbert is going to be the Day 1 starter? Does he really feel like drafting another position would have helped the team immediately more-so than a quarterback? Secondly, the Patriots, Steelers, and Colts have Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Peyton Manning... We can all agree David Garrard is not them.
If the offense didn't need a new quarterback, what did it need then Maurice? I seem to recall when the Jaguars drafted Maurice Jones-Drew in the second round, they didn't "need" another running back. Why didn't he elaborate on what the team should have drafted?
I love that Maurice Jones-Drew isn't afraid to speak his mind and is often outward, but sometimes you have to realize when to reel it in and shut up, too. Now, he just looks like he's going to become divisive. I doubt it will actually come to that, but it still looks very "whiny" and unless he's afraid Blaine Gabbert is going to actually beat out David Garrard, I'm not sure what he's so upset about. If he thinks the Jaguars should have gotten more "help" for David Garrard, maybe he missed the two picks following Blaine Gabbert, when the Jaguars drafted offensive lineman Will Rackley and wide receiver Cecil Shorts.
Since 2006, the Jaguars are 34-34 with David Garrard as the starter.