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Top of the Morning News, September 22, 2011


"The Jaguars offense hasn't been known for its vertical passing game. But Thomas doesn't put much stock into the idea that it's because of the receivers."  The Times-Union

 "When it comes to the Jaguars' new starting quarterback, Dirk Koetter said reality is pretty simple. He is talented. He can make every throw necessary. And he is now the guy."

"Based on this season with Cam Newton and Andy Dalton, and on recent history in the league, there's no reason to believe Blaine Gabbert will not come out and play well,'' ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski said Wednesday.

Pete Prisco of looks at what Blaine Gabbert brings to the Jaguars offense. 

Sunday's game against the Panthers is No. 7 on John Clayton's top games of week three.

 "The Jaguars rank sixth in rushing offense after two games and Carolina ranks 19th against the run, 26th in overall defense. Their two best linebackers, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, are out for the year with injuries."  The Times-Union

"He's got the swag," Nwaneri said. "He's got what you like to see. There doesn't seem to be any nervousness about him, which is always good."

Read how the Jaguars have changed their approach to the scout team offense.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star writes that now is not the time to find Peyton Manning's replacement. 

Each week in the Magnificent Seven, senior writer John Oehser offers seven thoughts on all things Jaguars.

Gene Frenette and Vito Stellino of The Times-Union preview Sunday's game. 

Tim Tebow determined to succeed as a quarterback in the NFL. Associated Press

Scouting the opponent

"Mike Shula has a soft spot for the veteran quarterback he worked with Jacksonville, and high praise for the rookie quarterback under his tutelage in Carolina."  Charlotte Observer

"Two weeks in, the Panthers have the NFL's newest star but no victories. Here's one for Jon Beason and Thomas Davis. Panthers 27, Jaguars 13."  Charlotte Observer

"Tailback DeAngelo Williams said he doesn't have an issue with Carolina's anemic running game (which ranks 29thin the NFL)." Charlotte Observer

"We have to do the things we do very well," Rivera said. "We have to be a very disciplined in our gap control because he's a cutback runner with great vision. He runs low to the ground with great pad level and one guy is not going to bring him down. We have to make sure we hit him and wrap him up and make sure everybody else is getting to the ball."  Gaston Gazette

Tweet, Tweet

@MikeThomasJAX I'm comin over to crash your hyperbaric chamber! Open the door man!

@kassimosgood81 (wide receiver Kassim Osgood)

TheAwkwardMoment: Game planning & knowing everything about the Panthers. Only 2 find out u don't even know what city they play in.

@ATrain92 (defensive end Austen Lane)

shoutout to all my young people with grey hair lol

@WillRackley (guard/center Will Rackley)

@BlaineGabbert you are now, Blaine Swaggert, of the #jacksonvillejaguars

@Chukwu77 (guard/center Uche Nwaneri)

#Jaguarswill wear all white Oct. 9 vs #Bengals. Encouraging fan whiteout as they look to avoid blackout.

@espn_afcsouth (Paul Kuharsky – ESPN AFC South blogger)

Stat of the day

Blaine Gabbert is one of 53 quarterbacks selected in the first round of the NFL draft since 1989, the year Gabbert was born.

The last word

"Blaine is a really football-savvy guy. He's been well coached at all levels before this. He really gets football, he understands what he's doing. You're behind because you haven't spent hours and hours and hours in quarterback school and in OTAs, but we've given him reps since the first day he got here. He took a lot of reps in training camp. As soon as we got down to two quarterbacks he's still got at least half the reps. There are two other teams in the NFL doing it, they're doing it with rookie quarterbacks. Again, when you've got a guy with his kind of talent, experience is all he lacks and you get experience by playing."

Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter on rookie Blaine Gabbert

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