Tonight, I will be writing my first in-game blog. For those of you that kept up on Vic Ketchman and John Oehser's in-game blogs, the style will be very familiar for you. I hope you'll join me tonight at 8:00 PM for my first live in-game blog.
I'd like to talk about a subject that will bring a smile to the face of any teal-blooded, tried & true male Jaguars fan. Of course, I'm talking about the Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders. The ROAR has been around since 1995 when the team was first awarded to Jacksonville. Every year new women try out for the ROAR roster & every year they get hotter & hotter. They travel the world to make appearances every where from local high school to USO functions in support of all our great men & women of the armed forces. They also have a very highly anticipated annual swimsuit calendar. Talk about making us roar. Every male Jags fan probally has a favorite ROAR girl......I know I do.
As most of you already know, the Jaguars square off against the Atlanta Falcons in their second pre-season game tomorrow night at Everbank Field. The Jaguars were trounced by the Patriots in their first pre-season game, but keen observers agree that the Jaguars' coaches still got a lot of valuable information out of that game.
The Jaguars still have a lot of questions on both sides of the ball, and this game will go a long ways towards determining starters, backups, and which guys won't make the final roster. As with all pre-season games, there are a lot of story lines heading into the game. You just have to know where to look.
Will Jack Del Rio be back as head coach of the Jaguars next season?
Who will be the starter of the Jaguars week 1 of the regular season?
Who will be the Jaguars starter for week 17 of the regular season?
What will be the result of the Jaguars' season?
It's still too early to tell who the Jaguars will be starting week 1 of the regular season, but all indications are that Blaine Gabbert may be in a real battle for the position with David Garrard. This report is very praising of Blaine Gabbert, and if it is indeed an accurate depiction of what's happening, David Garrard may be in trouble as the starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars:
"I had a chance to go to training camp this morning and boy, did Blaine Gabbert look good. His passes were accurate, well-timed, and had power behind them. He did a nice job of anticipating his receivers and completed passes to several of them including Mike Thomas and rookie Cecil Shorts. Gabbert has been splitting first team reps with veteran David Garrard, who (in my opinion) has been a little shaky the couple of times Ive watched him this week. But Gabbert has looked poised, confident, and most of all, consistent. I know it’s training camp. I know it’s not a game situation with blitzes and pressure and defenders in your face. I get that–but still, you’ve got to be good in practice if you want to be good on the field."
The Jacksonville Jaguars actually have 4 prime-time games in 2011. The first of those is the meaningless pre-season match-up with the Atlanta Falcons at Everbank Field this Friday. Let's take a quick look at these prime-time events and what we have to look forward to.
Atlanta @ Jacksonville, 8:00 PM, Friday August 19, FOX
The Jaguars play their second exhibition game against the Falcons. The biggest story line going into the game should be Blaine Gabbert vs. David Garrard, once again. We shouldn't overlook other key positions. Austen Lane is looking for a rebound from a very, very quiet night against New England. The defense is looking for redemption after being torched all night against the Patriots' backup quarterbacks. Scotty McGee needs to shine for the Jaguars to hope for a roster spot, and the Jaguars receivers need to pull the H out of their A. There's all that to look for and a lot more. Should be a bonanza for any analytical Jaguars fan.