JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are turning to rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Coach Jack Del Rio named Gabbert the starter Wednesday, switching signal callers three days after Luke McCown threw four interceptions at the New York Jets.
Del Rio met with Gabbert and McCown on Wednesday morning, then told other players at a team meeting.
The transition was inevitable since the Jaguars selected Gabbert with the 10th pick in April's draft. Del Rio had hoped to take it slow with the former Missouri standout, even planning to give him a year to watch and learn behind David Garrard. But Garrard had his worst preseason as a starter and was outplayed by McCown, a career backup.
Del Rio named McCown the starter five days before the season opener.Copyright © 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.