Is Sunday Gabbert Time?

On Sunday the Jaguars proved themselves to be anything but a legitimate contender with Luke McCown under center. Should they let the future begin now by starting Blaine Gabbert?

The focus will be on the quarterbacks Sunday when the Jaguars play at Carolina in a matchup of the two 1995 expansion teams.

Carolina comes into the game with a 0-2 record even though Cam Newton, the first pick in the draft last April, has passed for more than 400 yards against both the Cardinals and Packers in losing efforts.

The Jaguars have a highly touted rookie of their own in Blaine Gabbert, the 10th pick in the draft.

Just 12 days after the Jaguars cut David Garrard and installed Luke McCown as the starter, the Jaguars' quarterback situation is once again up in the air.

McCown, who had never thrown more than two interceptions in his previous eight starts, threw four interceptions and was yanked in the final quarter for Gabbert. The Jets turned the interceptions into 13 points.

And the Jaguars could be on the verge of having their third quarterback in the last two weeks because coach Jack Del Rio declined to name his starter for Sunday's game against Carolina. He said they'll discuss it as a staff before making a decision.

Gabbert played in mop-up time, but completed five of six passes for a 102.8 passer rating. McCown was 1.8.

"I've got to do better," McCown said.

Gabbert wasn't lobbying for the job.

"Quarterbacks stick together. We're in the same meetings every day. That's how I am as a person and that's how Luke (McCown) is. I have his back 100 percent," Gabbert said.

Of his relationship with McCown, Gabbert said, "It's a legitimate, good relationship. That's how Luke is as a person and that's how I am as a person. I think we're both pretty good guys. We want the best for each other."

The Jaguars also have to figure out how to stay competitive. They've now lost 18 games since the start of the 2009 season and 11 of them have been one-sided games decided by 14 or more points.

They also have to figure out how to beat winning teams. They're 9-13 in their last 21 games and only one of those victories - against the Colts last year - has come over a winning team.

Since they made the playoffs in 2007, they're 21-29.

The Jaguars also haven't won their first two games since 2006.

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