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08:05 AM ET 06.30 | A recent story on the Jaguars' official website essentially cemented Blaine Gabbert as the team's No. 2 quarterback when camp opens. Since the day he was drafted 10th overall, [Gabbert] has been very careful to show respect for both David Garrard and backup quarterback Luke McCown. So his response when I asked him about Koetter's plan should not have surprised me. "The biggest thing, I want to come in and learn the offense, be in the film room with Luke and Dave and just have the opportunity to play with those guys who have been in the league a long time," Gabbert said. "Just come in as a rookie, to compete, learn." If you want fodder for a quarterback controversy look elsewhere.

The Florida Times Union

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June 30, 2011  08:09 AM ET

Like so many schoolgirls vying for the head cheerleader spot.

June 30, 2011  08:15 AM ET

The best way to create a controversy is to TRY and avoid one...

June 30, 2011  08:17 AM ET

man the BS is getting deep

June 30, 2011  08:18 AM ET

What did you want him to say? BWAAAAAAH!

June 30, 2011  08:22 AM ET

No controversy, but perhaps the starter by week 6 ?

June 30, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Gabbert seems smart, he knows he will get his chance, just learn the system first

June 30, 2011  08:25 AM ET

Interns masterfully avoiding interesting threads.

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June 30, 2011  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Interns masterfully avoiding interesting threads.

They get kick backs from NFL.com and the Nickel.

June 30, 2011  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

They get kick backs from NFL.com and the Nickel.

Yeah, they can't support themselves on just the payoffs they get from spammers.

June 30, 2011  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Yeah, they can't support themselves on just the payoffs they get from spammers.

That's the sauce for the goose!

June 30, 2011  09:50 AM ET

Gabbert has the right idea. If he comes in and learns the offense and studies film he should have no problem unseating Garrard and McCown. Just showing up should be enough.

June 30, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No controversy, but perhaps the starter by week 6 ?

Yes, because it will give cover for Del Rio to make them think there is a bright future . The head coach gets another free pass. win/win. If Garrard wins games he looks good, if he loses and the rookie plays he looks like the great mentor figure.

June 30, 2011  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Like so many schoolgirls vying for the head cheerleader spot.

Here in Texas, cheerleader tryouts aren't nearly this diplomatic.


Those mama's can be nasty...

June 30, 2011  04:08 PM ET

What he really is saying is "I don't want to come in on week 1 and get the crapped kicked out of me, and then get the crap kicked out of me week after week until I'm physically and mentally broken and my career is over".

Sounds like he'd prefer some sideline clipboard duty until he learns what's what. Sounds smart to me. Let Garrard take the pummeling.

June 30, 2011  04:55 PM ET

Early on it was David Garrard and later on it was backup quarterback Luke McCown. Oh my!! Who's potato salid is this anyway?

June 30, 2011  07:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Interns masterfully avoiding interesting threads.

They have perfected their art.

June 30, 2011  08:54 PM ET

And also avoiding, apparently, the responsibility of matching the photo to the correct subject of the article.

 
July 1, 2011  01:09 AM ET

It's pretty easy to "masterfully" avoid a QB controversy, when you can't even get into camp to see how much better you think you are than the other guy...isn't it?

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