At the 2011 NFL Draft, before you could really get comfortable with your favorite beverage and snacks, four quarterbacks had been taken in the first 12 selections.
Cam Newton is playing like he belonged at the top of the draft, the first pick from Carolina. Christian Ponder is finally starting to figure it out in Minnesota – a player who was a surprise pick at No. 12.
In between the roller coaster of excitement was Tennessee snagging Jake Locker of Washington at the eighth slot and the Jaguars trading up from the No. 16 slot to move to No. 10 to take Blaine Gabbert.
How is that working for you now, Jaguars fans? The idea of two franchise quarterbacks on perspective rosters for years to come really has not evolved, leaving us to think the 2011 quarterback class was as much of a dud as the 1999 class.
Today in Nashville, Locker will lead the Titans to the field against the Jaguars. Gabbert will watch from the sideline as his career continues to spiral downward.
Locker and his Titans are 4-4 with an outside shot at trying to make a playoff run. Gabbert sits because of injury, inconsistency and the fact he is not a prototypical NFL quarterback that the Jaguars franchise thought he was under then general manager Gene Smith and head coach Jack Del Rio.
Oh, to think what could have been…
In other Jaguars news and notes:
Looking at the Jaguars' current and remaining schedule, it is odd that the NFL had the Jaguars play all of its games against the AFC West before playing more than one game within its own division. Jacksonville has played Indianapolis – but has not faced another AFC South opponent yet. The Colts beat the Jaguars 37-3.
Moving on without Blackmon
This is the first game the team will play without Justin Blackmon in four weeks. Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s Drug Abuse Policy for the third time. The team was without the talented wide receiver for the first four games for the same violation.
Mike Brown gets the call to replace Blackmon in the starting lineup.
The Jaguars and Titans will forever be linked because of history. The Titans were the only team to beat Jacksonville during the 1999 season and the team did it THREE times. Tennessee knocked Jacksonville out of the playoffs in the AFC Title game, and went on to play in the Super Bowl against St. Louis. The Titans lost 20-16.
They need a win
Jacksonville has lost 13 games in a row. The last time the team had a win was against the Titans last season in November.
The Jaguars hold a 20-16 series record lead over Tennessee. The Jaguars also won their first ever game as a franchise in 1995 over the then Houston Oilers.