It might have been against a third-string offense and it was only a preseason game, but damn it, Luke McCown looked good during the Jacksonville Jaguars' exhibition matchup versus the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday.
So good in fact that it got me thinking that maybe he deserves a promotion to the second string quarterback spot.
Let's look at it this way: Neither Garrard or Gabbert played well against Atlanta, while McCown was spot on, completing eight-of-nine passes and throwing a touchdown toss. McCown reaffirmed the belief that he is a capable NFL quarterback and is able to manage a game.
Gabbert reminded us that he is a rookie and will look great some times and awful on other occasions.
And Garrard made it clear that he is not the future, but we already knew that.
The thing is though, he isn't really even the present, as he wasn't much better than Gabbert last week. Better to have a rookie make rookie mistakes and learn than a veteran make rookie mistakes and stay the same.
Jacksonville could save $8 million this season if the team decides to cut the 33-year-old. Plus that would let Gabbert get some invaluable playing time so the Jaguars can see exactly what they have in their franchise quarter to determine what direction to go in the next couple years.
In the meantime, the team would have an unimposing presence backing Gabbert up in McCown. There'd be no rumblings of a quarterback controversy between the too and Gabbert would never truly have to look over his shoulder as a rookie.
That being said, Jacksonville would be able to play–and even start–McCown if Gabbert was struggling or needed to see what was going on from the side line.
It's really a perfect scenario. The Jaguars are improved but are still a year or so away from again being contenders, so letting Gabbert play now would help expedite things. Fortunately, McCown would be a good mentor for Gabbert and both would have defined roles going forward.
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