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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
So, about new Jaguars starter McCown ...

By Paul Kuharsky

Luke McCown might have dislodged David Garrard last season had he not torn an ACL in the team’s second game when he entered after Garrard threw four interceptions.

“Luke gives us the best chance [to win], Blaine [Gabbert] will be the backup and really those are the two best options we have as we enter Week 1,” Jack Del Rio said in a news conference that just wrapped up. “… Luke has come on. I think last year when he stepped into the San Diego game, he kind of saw that as his opportunity and he ended up getting injured.

“And we were excited about the camp he had had and the work he had done up until that point. He came back in this camp and really had a heck of a camp. He had the best camp out of our three quarterbacks. He’s earned this opportunity. His teammates have confidence in him. He’s out best option to win Sunday ... .”

Luke McCown
The Jaguars will need to rally around Luke McCown as they head into Week 1.
McCown was a fourth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns, 106th overall, in 2004. The Jacksonville Jaguars got him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sept. of 2009. He’s played in just 16 games with seven starts, with nine touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 74.8 passer rating.

Here is a scouting report from Scouts Inc.:
“McCown has a strong arm that has enough foot quickness and agility to extend the pocket and make plays on the perimeter. He is an adequate scrambler at best and does not feel pressure well, causing him to take more sacks than you'd like. He can be accurate given time in the pocket but will struggle when throwing on the move or on deep throws. He can manage a team and get some wins when surrounded by a strong ground game but is not apt to be a difference-maker when it's up to the quarterback to carry the team.”

How long can he hold the job for the Jaguars with a first-round pick in the mix?

“Blaine is a promising young quarterback that’s done a nice job in the five weeks he’s been here, but it’s an awful lot to process and really to become comfortable with in five weeks,” Del Rio said. “Really, he’s coming. He’s talented. We like the both of them, but we think Luke gives us the best chance to start the year …

“[Gabbert’s] a talented young man, his time will come. But right now he’s in a position where he has to earn it.”

A couple other thoughts: