While talking on Thursday night's NFL Redzone Report with Hank Koebler, I mentioned that John Fox ran himself out of the Carolina Panthers job in large part by sticking with a below average game manager in Jake Delhomme during the 2009-10 season. Jack Del Rio, who's miraculously still employed as a Head Coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars seems to be taking the same path to what should be in his departure from Jacksonville.
Del Rio stated that he didn't believe upgrading the QB position was a necessity for the 2011 season. He feels comfortable going into another season, with what I believe is a below average NFL starting QB, in David Garrard. Garrard is now 33 years old and coming off a season where he passed for 2,734 yards, 23 TDs and 15 Ints. The 2 years prior he passed for 15 TDs in both and had 10 Ints in 2009 and 13 in 2008. Garrard has a Top 5 back in Maurice Jones-Drew, that eases the pressure on him but yet, he can't get over the hump each year.
Jacksonville hasn't drafted a QB since they took Byron Leftwich in 2003. By knowing that the QB position has been a weakness since Garrard has taken over, it amazes me that Del Rio has yet to draft a QB to become the heir. The Jags could have groomed a kid during the past few years and he would be ready to take over now. The Jaguars could right this wrong this year and take the future of the franchise in this year’s NFL Draft. I'm a strong believer that you can't settle for mediocrity, especially at the quarterback position.
In our latest Mock Draft, Mock 3.0, Danny Hobrock and I debated whether to have the Jaguars select Cam Newton with the 16th pick overall. We decided against it, due to their horrific secondary and gave them CB, Brandon Harris. Regardless, they still should be considering all top QB prospects. We had them pass on Newton at 16 with the understanding that they'll probably go QB in the second round.
At this time of year, smart teams don't usually reveal their true draft thoughts, so Del Rios' position that he doesn't need a QB in this draft may be an attempt to throw teams off the Jags draft scent. But, the Jags haven't really proven to be a smart team, so unfortunately for Jacksonville fans, the way they are going about this could simply be them playing their real hand. If that’s the case, I’m certain we'll see Del Rio and Garrard both looking for work in a new city for 2012. Perhaps Del Rio can take his side gig as a porn star and turn it into a full time job....
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