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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Del Rio wanted Quinn

Believe it or not, it's true.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio didn't specifically say that he wanted to draft Brady Quinn in the first round on Saturday. But in a read-between-the-lines kind of way, he hinted that he wanted to draft Quinn, but everyone in the club's warroom didn't agree.

If you want to know more about it, read Vito Stellino's story in tomorrow's Florida Times-Union. It's likely to stir up some debate.


Blogger Ben said...

Shaq Harris needs to resign!!! I will never spend another dime on the Jaguars again until Shaq is gone!!! We had a chance to resolve all of the QB problems and we droped the ball again. The number 2 defense in the NFL did not need any help.

April 29, 2007 at 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Del Rio is throwing Shack under the bus on this, then it must be true. Jack has always stood solidly behind Harris and has never even hinted at blaming him for any personnel woes over the past five drafts and four seasons. If Del Rio got overruled by Harris then Mr. Weaver needs to fire Harris for being a nitwit. You don't pass up a potential franchise QB at #17 when you have the types of problems the Jags have at QB. Shack Harris is costing Weaver tens of millions of dollars and the team will never recover from this moronic mistake. Jack Del Rio's only hope, professionally speaking, is to distance himself as far as possible from Shack and pray that Mr. Weaver is a forgiving person. Harris and his adamant stance that Leftwich is untouchable has completely wrecked the franchise.

April 29, 2007 at 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I said before, Shack has a bias at the QB position...and now the Jags will pay for it yet again. Shack needs to go!

April 29, 2007 at 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jags have one of the worst QB cadres in the league and
passing up a QB who was a projected top 5 pick and possible franchise saving player to "strengthen" one of the best defenses in the league is pure malarky.
It all boils down to Del Rio and Harris not wanting to hurt Leftwich's feelings, poor babies.

April 29, 2007 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Unfortunately, the fans and our awesome D will have to suffer for it. I would take any starting QB in the NFL right now over Byron (I get hurt every season) Leftwich. Jacksonville will be haunted for years to come by not taking Quinn.

April 29, 2007 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, Im not crazy about all the picks either, we all feel they should have done things different. But I do like the jags, and I am going to support the team, because if we bash every single thing they do, and say things like, I am done spending money on the team it wont be long before the Jacksonville Jaguars are the LA Jags and the stadium sits empty except for 2 games a year.

April 29, 2007 at 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe that's what Shack and Jack want...how else do you explain their draft picks? (Two safeties, a punter, a Guard with serious character issues, an injured WR, and injury prone LB (Smith), a small time LB (from Hampton no less), and an undersized DL from Notre Dame's terrible front four, (and another no name WR), and finally, my personal favorite, a punter...yet failing to address serious issues on the team such as (QB, QB, QB), (FB), (a true four down DE) and (a solid CB)...brillant! Obviously, Shack knows what he is doing considering his past personel decisions. Hmmm(first round picks over the years...Leftwich, Reggie (I can dance but not catch) Williams, Matt Jones (hey, i love the guy, but was he worthy of a first round pick), and Mercedes Lewis (who?...that's right, he never touched the field). I love Reggie Nelson, but Quinn would have a been a better pick for the franchise. (Safeties don't win championships, QB's do). I just hope after this year, Weaver will pull the plug on the awful Shack/Jack experiment.

April 29, 2007 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also like the Jags and will continue to support them , but the name of the game is putting fans in the seats and while R Nelson may turn out to be an All Pro, he will be just be another cog in a excellent defense. I think drafting Quinn would have generated excitement among the fan base and increased ticket sells overall. Apparently Del Rio and Harris are to shortsided to see this

April 29, 2007 at 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the interview maybe harris needs to go, because it sounds like del rio wanted him

April 29, 2007 at 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del Rio is in damage control mode just trying to save his job.I don't believe for a minute that Del
Rio was overruled on this and I will be intrested to hear what Harris has to say on this

April 29, 2007 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

However it actually went down, it's a tough position to be in for all involved.

April 29, 2007 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shack is a Leftwich apologist, but otherwise seems to be a stand-up guy. If he nixed the Jags drafting Brady Quinn then I feel certain that he will accept responsibility and admit as much. Then he should fired immediately.
The Jags botched one of the greatest opportunities ever in the history of the NFL, and it will take many years to remedy yesterday's horrible blunder. What kind of dirt does Byron Leftwich have on Shack Harris? Amazing.

April 29, 2007 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger TC said...

An entire WASTE of a so called draft.
Mr Weaver, YOU should have stepped up and made Sham & Joke take your "TRUE FRANCHISE QB", heads and shoulders above what we have had in YEARS!!!!! You have to realize Im SURE just how mant tickets you let slip through your fingers by letting the steal of the draft slip through your fingers "TWICE".... What a bunch of idiots>>>>>And we as fans are supposed to just support these dim wits blindly. Well Im sorry I WILL NOT Renew tickets again until someone at ole Altell Place starts taking this serious. This whole weekend was the biggest display of ineptness I have ever seen. Tom had some bad drafts and these idiots have screwed up the 1st round evry year they have been running the circus but NOTHING EVER THIS BAD....Just horible another draft where over 50% will be gone within 2 years.
Mr Weaver,,,,Sham goes or the fans go...Your decision.
I do wonder if they even did ANY draft workup on Quinn, the thinking being NO WAY we have a chance. And the stooges were caught UNPREPARED!!!!!!

April 29, 2007 at 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn"t have said it better myself. This whole draft stinks.

April 29, 2007 at 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot even fathom how much money this will end up costing Mr. Weaver. Quinn would have been a marketing dream. He would have generated tremendous excitement and put a lot more hineys in the seats. As it is, this could be the beginning of the end for the Jaguars in Jacksonville. That reality makes me sick. Jax waits for years to get an NFL team, and Shack Harris tries to destroy it all single handedly. He needs to be FIRED first thing Monday morning.

April 29, 2007 at 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Quinn is one of Notre Dame's all-time greatest QB's, drafting him would have immediately given the Jaguars about 25 million new fans overnight! That would equate to extra TV appearances on MNF, games of the week, etc. His image is going to be on products like Peyton Manning or Tiger Woods are. And all that would be reflected back on Jacksonville! Maybe some company might even pay big bucks for the rights to name the stadium. Yep, the Weavers and the city as a whole lost untold tens of millions of dollars because Shack's insanity. Depressing.

April 29, 2007 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this all makes perfect sense to me.

they plan on winning all their games 10-7. what that means you are planning on punting very often. that's why you draft a freaking punter in the 4th round. brilliant move by shack and jack.

April 29, 2007 at 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of Quinn they bring on Lester Ricard as a 4th black QB. Harris must haste white's or is color blind? Harris you got to GO!!! Del Rio you stay.

April 29, 2007 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had Jags season tickets from the "get-go." I'm sitting here in Albuquerque on a mini-vacation saying my goodness....we're going to get Quinn!! And then ----- Shaq lets him ride to Cleveland!!
What in the world are these guys thinking! I'm about done with this operation....let them go to L.A.

April 29, 2007 at 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm...it seems the Jags have signed another QB (free agent)...and Lo and Behold, another Black QB (Ricard)...and people say that Shack has no bias.

April 30, 2007 at 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Rich in Middleburg. Except for a few real fans, there are an awful lot of "anonymous" so called "fans"! Shaq and Coach have an awful lot to lose because their name is out there, we also have an awful lot to lose if this franchise goes elsewhere. I enjoy the game, no matter what the team, but I enjoy my Sunday afternoons at the old Stadium and I for one will support them! I may be the only one the way it sounds. Those that are "anonymous" will most likely be the "fans" complaining the most when the team re-locates. i for one, hope that day never comes because it will be a long time before the NFL gives Jacksonville another chance!

April 30, 2007 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...


I'm with you. What's up w/all the anonymity?

April 30, 2007 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger anon anon said...

I think all has been said. Weaver blew it this time. There is a time to take charge.

April 30, 2007 at 1:18 PM  

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