Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

On Jaguars, Gators and QB Calls

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

On Jaguars, Gators and QB Calls

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Byline: Gene Frenette

Questions worth asking as the Jaguars and Florida Gators attempt to resolve vastly different quarterback auditions, college football finally has some sizzle to begin the season, and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp stay in the thick of a Southern League pennant race:

Why do the Houston Texans seem to have credible quarterback options in Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson, while the Jaguars' competition between Chad Henne and Blake Bortles feels like the winner will be whoever messes up the least?

Doesn't the prodigious drop Bortles has taken since the 2015 season illustrate how wildly unpredictable the career trajectory of an NFL quarterback can be?

For those trying to fill up the Brandon Allen bandwagon, do you honestly think coach Doug Marrone and front-office Tom Coughlin would send a quarterback who has never thrown an NFL pass against J.J. Watt and that Texans defense in his pro debut?

How many starts would Henne need to lead the NFL in passes batted down at the line of scrimmage - 10, 11, 12?

Is anybody in the Jaguars' building rooting harder for Bortles to reclaim his job and play respectably than GM Dave Caldwell?

Does owner Shad Khan giving Caldwell a three-year contract make him obligated to keep his GM around in 2018 if Bortles is gone?

How scary is it that former Jaguars' first-round bust and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert has looked good enough in two preseason outings to win back his old job?

Don't you think the Jaguars need to at least have dialogue with Colin Kaepernick's agent, if they haven't already, since he's a free agent and don't have to trade away a draft pick to acquire him?

Isn't the initial disaster many thought with Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee's leg injury, which turned out to be just a scare, a good lesson for everybody to wait on a medical diagnosis before playing doctor in a public forum?

Which is the better college football headliner package - neutral-site games Florida State-Alabama and Florida-Michigan on September 2 or the following Saturday featuring Oklahoma at Ohio State, Stanford at USC, and Auburn at Clemson? …

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