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Jack Del Rio had ‘no idea’ that Jaguars were drafting Blaine Gabbert in 2011

Michael Dixon
Courtesy of USA Today: Del Rio is among the most respected coordinators in the NFL.

In 2011, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected quarterback Blaine Gabbert tenth overall in the NFL Draft. That caught one important man, then head coach Jack Del Rio, completely off guard.

Del Rio, who was entering his ninth season as Jacksonville’s head coach in 2011, stated on Tuesday that he had “no idea” that Gabbert would be selected.

To quote the classic movie, Cool Hand Luke, “what we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

Hearing this, it’s not at all surprising that Del Rio was fired 11 games into the 2011 season. Given that Del Rio was in the dark, we’d have to agree with his assessment that the draft was the beginning of the end.

The Jags would go 5-11 that year (3-8 under Del Rio). As it turned out, they’d only have one season that good (5-11 in 2015) before going 10-6 and winning the AFC South in 2017. If that’s how the front office

While he didn’t turn out this way, Gabbert was drafted to be Jacksonville’s franchise quarterback. These are the kind of decisions that a head coach should probably have some say in. At the very least, the coach should know the decision is being made.