July 15, 2011
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert(notes) may have been handed a playbook the day after he was drafted, but coach Jack Del Rio isn't expecting him to be the starter once the season finally gets rolling.
"We believe long term he has a chance to be special," Del Rio said in a radio interview, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "In the short term is it impacted? Absolutely it's impacted. I mean the guy who has the most to learn, the most to do, is the quarterback. Just think about going through the progress of the play, getting the play called at the line of scrimmage, making the adjustments, knowing your 'hots,' knowing your 'cites,' making sure everyone is lined up properly, making a 'check' if there's another 'check' that goes with the play. It's very complex at our level and a lot goes into it. That's for every position. For the quarterback it is so much more. I think that's an awful lot to ask a young man to come in a couple of weeks and get it all and have it down pat. I think it takes a little time and certainly not having an off-season sets that process back."
Sorry, Blaine. Looks like you'll have to wait another year.
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