Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL former player Mark Brunell announces the thirty-third overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars All-Time 53 Man Roster: QBs

In order to help alleviate the boredom of the downtime between the draft and training camp, I’ve decided to start a new series where I will build an all-time best Jaguars 53 man roster. It’s not exactly a new idea, I know, but I think it will still be fun and could spark some fun debate about who got snubbed. Each day I will look at a different position group, and soon we will have built the ultimate Jaguars roster composed of current and past players. Today we will start with quarterbacks.

For my all-time roster, I’ve decided to only go with two quarterbacks on the final 53. The main reason for this is that I wanted to have more wiggle room at other positions, and also there haven’t been a plethora of great signal callers in Jaguars history.


STARTER: Mark Brunell – Was there really any other way to go with this one? Brunell isn’t an all-time great in NFL history, but he was without a doubt one of the best QB’s the Jaguars ever had, which is why he is in the Pride of the Jaguars. Brunell lead a high-powered offense in the late 90′s that also featured Jimmy Smith, Keenan McCardell and Fred Taylor. Brunell will always be remembered for his scrambling and improvisation, as well as leading the team to one of the biggest upsets in NFL history.

DEPTH: Blake Bortles – WOW! SHOCKER! I know, including Bortles on this list when he hasn’t even played a single down in the NFL is probably very questionable. But I really do believe in the potential he brings to the table, and considering how high Dave Caldwell and company had him rated during the whole draft process, I had to go with him here. I also believe Bortles is a high floor, high ceiling prospect, meaning even if he’s not great he will probably be at least decent because he doesn’t have any fatal flaws. Like Brunell, he also possesses great scrambling ability, so I liked the idea of pairing the two.

JUST DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT: Byron Leftwich – If I hadn’t gone with Bortles, I would have chosen Leftwich. Letfwich was a guy I always felt like Jags fans were too hard on, for whatever reason. Most people would probably say that David Garrard should be here or in the number two spot, but I disagree.


Well, I’m sure these selections might have ruffled some feathers, so if you disagree be sure to fire away in the comments section. Check back tomorrow as well, as I will be moving onto running backs. I can already tell you, there probably won’t be much debate with that position group. See you then!


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  • Bobby Postma

    I do agree with you on the mark Brunell pick, but I’m just curious on your reasoning behind putting Leftwich in over Garrard? Not to disagree or debate with you, just curious

    • Matt Hoffman

      I never viewed Garrard as high as a lot of people did, and I never understood why they thought so highly of him. Was it the 4th down run in the Pittsburgh wild card game in 07? The hail mary against the Texans? I’m not sure, but to me Garrard was always very meh. He could go and make a miraculous play to win the game one week, and then throw 3 INTs the next.

      On that same token, I’ve never understood why people hated Byron so much. My guess is that it’s because he was taken so high, and people expected him to be a perennial pro-bowler. Or maybe that he had some injury issues. But Byron isn’t as awful to me as he is to everyone else.

      In all realness though, to me they aren’t separated by much. Neither one was a Manning or Brady, and neither one was a Gabbert. I would just give Byron the slight nod is all.

      • Bobby Postma

        Very understandable. I agree that they are not half as Good as Brady or Manning but better then Gabbert. The thing that comes to mind was the 09 season I think where he went to the pro bowl and didn’t throw an interception til week 14 or something like that. I don’t know, they are neck and neck and it could go both ways.

        • Matt Hoffman

          Very true. But I think this also sheds light on my choice to put Bortles on the list anyway. Obviously it’s all based on potential, but I have very high expectations of him, which I think one day will lead to making it an obvious choice to have him over either DG or BL.

          • Bobby Postma

            And that is what makes your articles great to read. Really good writer, alot better then that one Dan zinski dude. He gets on my damn nerves