Should Jacksonville acquire a veteran Quarterback?

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Although some Jaguars fans still covet another quarterback on the Broncos’ roster, Kyle Orton is the one most likely to be shopped around heavily this offseason, which is becoming an annual occurrence for the underappreciated signal-caller. The asking price for Orton is reportedly a 2nd round pick, which would be very tempting. Josh McDaniels may be a terrible head coach/people person, but he is responsible for transforming Orton into a legit top-10 quarterback. In the last two seasons, he’s maintained a 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, with 41 TD’s and 21 INT’s. The reason for his benching towards the end of last year when the Broncos season was already long over was for two reasons,  neither of which were his fault: 1) to see how their rookie QB fared against starting NFL defenses and 2) as a PR move, along with the public tarring-and-feathering of McDaniels to please the fanbase in a wake of the failed season. Orton has a ton of starting experience and  is four years younger than Garrard, giving him legitimate value in exchange for a 2nd round draft pick.

However, there is a major obstacle making this trade extremely unlikely – the Jaguars must draft a quarterback in this draft (and not just to save the life of formal Sr. Editor, Vic Ketchman). They haven’t brought in a quarterback through the draft since Byron Leftwich in ’03, which is a ridiculously long period. Even teams like the Colts and the Patriots, who have elite starters far from the end of their careers, have drafted quarterbacks to groom behind their starters. The 2011 draft class also has a TON of talent at the quarterback position; maybe not right away, but many of the prospects are likely to blossom with 1-2 years of learning. The Jaguars need to make a play for a top-level prospect by investing either a 1st or 2nd round pick. I’m betting that the desperate needs on the defensive side of the ball lead to the 1st rounder being used on someone in the front-7, leaving the quarterback selection for the 2nd round. Unless Gene Smith has developed a mancrush on Washington QB Jake Locker, who fits the category of a GM Gene draftee and could be available when the Jaguars make their first pick, my front-runners for the Jags’ QB of the future are Florida State’s Christian Ponder and TCU’s Andy Dalton, who are also great GM Gene candidates and should be available in the 2nd round.

The bottom line here is that it’s not time for the Jaguars to patch the quarterback position in free agency or via trade – the Jaguars must select their quarterback of the future in this year’s draft. The veteran alternatives are not tempting to me and are all prone to be overvalued. Kyle Orton is the only viable option of the quarterbacks listed here and Matt Flynn could be an interesting acquistion, but alas their price is likely to be far too high and neither is guaranteed to provide a significant upgrade over David Garrard. Drafting a quarterback in the 2nd round who can sit and learn behind Garrard (and maybe McCown) seems to be the scenario that makes the most sense for the Jaguars, so that they can maximize the value of their budget and draft picks and groom a signal-caller who can jump in late in the upcoming season and start from day 1 in 2012.

You didn’t think we were gonna suggest the Jaguars trade for Tebow, did you?

- Zoltan Paksa

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  • Daniel

    Should the Jaguars acquire a veteran quarterback? Possibly.
    Should the picture of Tim Tebow be taken off this article? Definitely.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      That picture is a test. (By the way; anyone who read me here knows my view about Tebow. (Wish him all the best as a QB, but away from Jacksonville…)

      • Daniel

        I know your stance and I agree with it, but the Tebow stuff has to stop. By continuing to joke about it, it’s not gonna go away. He’s gone and that’s the end of it. No more please.

        • zoltanfrombudapest

          Don’t worry you will find little if any stuff on Tebow in the future on blackandteal.

          As I said mentioning him and put his picture on the top is part of a test.

          • Paul

            I wouldn’t worry about that.

  • Horace

    The only QB’s that should be brought in are rookie QB’s by the name of Locker, Ponder, Gabbert, Kaepernick, Stanzi, Dalton, Newton.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      I think Gabbert will be gone before the Jags will pick; and Cam Newton is simply not a Gene kind of guy (I don’t think he wants a Vince Young-ish player as his Qb pick of the future….)

      But the rest- yeah they are all contenders (I’m glad you didn’t brought up Mallett – because I think he is also somebody who is not GM Gene guy.)

      My wishlist (right now) from the rest looks like this:
      1. Locker
      2. Ponder
      3. Dalton
      4. Stanzi
      5. Kaepernick
      (6. Devlin)

    • theHof

      If we don’t franchise Marcedes Lewis or lock him up with a long-term contract, I think we should bring Tebow in to be our TE of the future.

      • zoltanfrombudapest

        Luckily Tania Ganguli reported Marcedes and the Jags started the extension talks; and want to reach a new deal before Feb. 24th (Deadline of the franchise tag use).

        So that is off the table.

  • Ruffin

    Zoltan, great work as usual … either your English has improved dramatically or you’ve found a good editor (my guess is both!) Orton is an interesting possiblility, I’ve always been a fan, but I’d be very surprised if the new coaches in Denver want to let him go and hand the reins to Tebow just yet. I agree with you completely that the likely scenario for us is that we start the season with three QBs … David, McCown and a rookie (my guess? Stanzi). I was actually fairly impressed with McCown before he got hurt last year and think he’s a capable back-up until we have enough confidence in our rookie to designate him the #2 guy. But unless he gets hurt, I believe that David Garrard will be the man throughout the coming season. All the best to you Zoltan … hope the Hungarian winter has not been too harsh!

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      It’s not a secret; Andrew is helping me in the editing to give our readers the best articles we could. But I try to improve too. Thanks for the kind words.

      (And the Hungarian Winter is not so harsh lately; but sadly I battle with a flu for a while – almost a week now).

    • Luke

      Stanzi would be a lovely selection. I also think that keeping McCown around is very smart. Even if he isn’t a big-time quarterback, he is incredibly crisp in practice (and when he has confidence on the field). And that pushes Garrard and whoever our new quarterback-in-the-wings is. McCown is a phenomenal backup for the Jaguars.

  • Drew

    What are your thoughts on Carson Palmer? If he wants out of Cincy so bad he might take a pay cut. Im not sure how much hes due but he is still fairly young.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      He is done. That injury in the playoffs vs the Steelers brke his career. He is done in my opinion.

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