Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio discussed the teams quarterback position with Dan Pompei of National Football Post over the weekend. Del Rio said that Blaine Gabbert will get plenty of reps in practice but would like see Gabbert work with a mentor for a while before he’s under center for the team.
“I’d love to see him spend some time with a Joe Theismann, a Rich Gannon, guys I know well who have done it at the highest level,” said Del Rio. “Find out what it takes to be a quarterback in this league, what are some of the things you should and should not be doing. How you manage your time, deal with people pulling at you from different directions, prepare for different teams, digest a playbook. All those things that experience helps with.”
Gabbert was considered a developmental prospect throughout the draft so this wouldn’t be much of a surprise if the team elected to bring in a mentor for him. Del Rio has already said that he expects David Garrard to be the teams starting quarterback at the start of the 2011 season which will buy Gabbert some much needed time while giving the Jaguars a shot at competing in the time being.