Jaguars Pressing Questions- Offense
David Garrard (Getty Images)

Posted May 13, 2011
Charlie Bernstein


The Jaguars will have several questions as they approach this next step of the offseason. We are going to examine some of those uncertainties and try to shed some light.

Should Blaine Gabbert play right away or should he sit out his rookie year?

Quarterbacks have had success both ways. Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer sat out initially and Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman, Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez have each had success playing right away. There are also plenty of examples of players who failed in both situations, proving that there's no one formula that's foolproof.

There's only so much a young quarterback can learn by getting sporadic snaps in preseason and in practice, states former NFL player and National Football Post writer Matt Bowen in this story. http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/The-rookie-QB-question.html

The Jaguars would be better suited to play Gabbert as soon as possible as they have no future and a sizable investment in David Garrard and it's better to get the rookie's bumps and bruises out of the way early, rather than put the future on hold just in the hopes of collecting another .500 season at best.

Can the Jaguars trade David Garrard?

The easy answer is no. There are simply too many potential quarterbacks on the market that can be had for no trade compensation such as Matt Hasselbeck, Marc Bulger, Alex Smith and Tavaris Jackson. Other release candidates include Vince Young and Donovan McNabb.

With most of the quarterback needy teams finding their future signal callers early in the draft, there are just a few teams- Arizona, Seattle and Washington- that are still looking. With Kevin Kolb and Kyle Orton both younger and better than Garrard, it seems impossible that any team would give up anything for the Jaguars quarterback, especially considering his salary is roughly 300 percent more than it should be.

Is there an offensive starter not already on the roster?

Probably not. The Jaguars have solid depth across the offensive line and Will Rackley will probably take the job of either Brad Meester or Vince Manuwai. The only place they could look for outside help is at wide receiver. Although there are expected to be a few accomplished receivers available (depending on free agency rules yet to be determined), Jacksonville feels fairly confident in the trio of Mike Thomas, Jason Hill and Cecil Shorts. Any preseason contribution from Jarett Dillard would be considered a plus. It does not appear as if Tiquan Underwood will get his third shot to make the roster as he's proven himself to not be ready for NFL competition.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of “The Sports Crunch” on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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