The Inside Slant reports that despite talking fondly of the efforts of the Jaguars special teams players including Adam Podlesh, Scott Starks, Jamaal Fudge, Chad Nkang, Justin Durant, Brian Iwuh and Reggie Nelson, the Jaguars head coach never mentioned the play of quarterback Quinn Gray.
When prompted for some analysis of his quarterback, Del Rio responded-
"He did enough to help us win. I don't really care to sit here and try and explain these things to you. We're doing the best we can to put together an effort that can bring home a win. Then we've got another tough challenge this week going into New Orleans. We'll do our best to put together a good effort again."
Those words wouldn't exactly be considered as "man-love" for the Jaguars signal caller. Del Rio went on further when he was asked what Gray does well-
"I think we've talked enough about our quarterbacks around here. I think the game was more about the team and the effort put forth. I hate to sit here and spend a lot of time talking about one position and one guy when there's so much we can look at."
The only other option for the Jaguars at this time while David Garrard is injured is free agent Todd Bouman, who has been with the team for just about a week. Del Rio spoke about Bouman-
"He's picking up our system and working hard. He and (quarterback coach) Mike Shula put a little overtime in last week to get him ready if he's called upon. He could have played last week. We're getting him ready. Obviously, we'll be able to increase the package a little bit, put a little package together for him that he'll be able to handle coming in, and we'll be able to increase that as we go."
The Jaguars head coach was asked if he would consider putting Bouman in this week if the offense was struggling -
"Like anything, we're going to do whatever we think we need to do to win the games."
After entering the Indianapolis game when Garrard went down, Gray was put in a no-win situation being forced to throw the ball against a great pass rushing, ball hawking team. Gray threw two interceptions, was sacked for a safety, and finished with a quarterback rating of 11.1. In the Tampa Bay game, Gray looked very erratic, and missed on a couple of easy screen passes that could've gone for some big yardage.
The Jaguars head coach referenced those plays-
"We had a couple of screens early (when Gray overthrew the backs) that he didn't quite get in there for us that had a chance to go quite a ways. There were some things that we'll do better going forward and so we'll need to keep working at it."
You don't have to be a genius to interpret that the Jaguars head coach has little faith, and even less patience regarding his quarterback position with Quinn Gray under center. The lack of patience could stem all the way back from the offseason when Gray and his agent were publicly bickering about Gray's second-round tender as a restricted free agent which currently pays him $1.3 million for this season. When Gray showed up for mini-camps and then training camp, he was extremely overweight, and he had a mysterious ankle injury that kept him from practicing for most of the Jaguars training camp. Gray is an unrestricted free agent after this season, and if he doesn't improve his play over the next week or two, it is likely that he will either take a pay cut, or not be in the league at all.
Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.
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