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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)
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)
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Let's take a look around the NFL and see what others are saying about the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Gene Frenette: It’s not just Blaine Gabbert; time for all Jags to step up | jacksonville.com
Rookie guard Will Rackley decided this week to cut the dreadlocks he had started growing in his freshman year at Lehigh, saying: "It was time for a change, something new." Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio finally reached the same conclusion about his revolving-door quarterback situation, and No. 10 overall draft pick Blaine Gabbert. He conceded the inevitable after pushing out David Garrard and having a two-week fling with Luke McCown. "It’s time for Blaine to play," Del Rio said.

Jaguars Notebook: McCown accepts demotion, wishes he had another shot | jacksonville.com
A disappointed but understanding Luke McCown stood in front of the media Wednesday morning after the rookie he helped mentor had just taken McCown's job. He didn't have anything negative to say about Blaine Gabbert or the decision. "The blunt fact is I didn't play well enough to give our team a chance to win," McCown said.

Gabbert becomes The Guy - Jaguars news on jaguars.com
So, now it begins. The Blaine Gabbert era. Sunshine’s time. Whatever you call it, make no mistake: The future became now around the Jaguars on Wednesday when Head Coach Jack Del Rio named Gabbert the starting quarterback, ending Luke McCown’s two-game stint as the team’s starter to open the 2011 regular season.

Decision time - Jaguars news on jaguars.com
Blaine Gabbert learned the news early Wednesday morning. And while the Jaguars’ rookie quarterback had been working to hear that news for seven weeks – and in a very real sense much, much longer – he said on the surface things didn’t change. "Business carried on as usual," Gabbert said. Except for one small thing: He’s now one of 32 people who start at quarterback in the NFL.

Pro Football Focus Breakdown: Jaguars vs. Jets | Jaguars Blog
If you’ve never been to Pro Football Focus’ website, it’s worth your time. They watch all the plays of every game and rate the players based on their performance. You can see their grading criteria here. Players’ ratings seem to most often end up between around +3.0 and -3.0 for any individual game, but can vary greatly based on performance. This will be a general look at a few of the stats from this week’s game; to see the full game ratings, go to Pro Football Focus and sign up for their Premium Stats service.

With Gabbert in, test for supporting staff - AFC South Blog - ESPN
The inevitable has arrived early in Jacksonville, and Jack Del Rio has told Blaine Gabbert he will start at quarterback for the Jaguars on Sunday in Carolina. Luke McCown made it an easier choice than the team had hoped with an awful performance in the Jaguars’ loss to the New York Jets. But in the big picture, sooner is better for Gabbert.