Gabbert's Shot to Turn Jaguars Around

Gabbert's Shot to Turn Jaguars Around

Rookie guard Will Rackley decided this week to cut the dreadlocks he had started growing in his freshman year at Lehigh, saying: “It was time for a change, something new.”

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio finally reached the same conclusion about his revolving-door quarterback situation, and No. 10 overall draft pick Blaine Gabbert. He conceded the inevitable after pushing out David Garrard and having a two-week fling with Luke McCown.

“It’s time for Blaine to play,” Del Rio said.

More importantly, it’s time to see if Gabbert can drive this mediocre team back to prosperity.

Can the Jaguars look forward to partying like it’s 1999 in the next few years? Will Gabbert transform this franchise that’s starving for a consistent winner?

The expectations can be no less than that. Not for owner Wayne Weaver, not for Del Rio, and not for general manager Gene Smith, who has attempted to rebuild this team in nearly every facet.

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