Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) looks to escape pressure from defensive end Larry Hart (59) during NFL football training camp Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson) By Rick Wilson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are turning to rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Coach Jack Del Rio named Gabbert the starter Wednesday, switching signal callers three days after Luke McCown threw four interceptions at the New York Jets. Del Rio met with Gabbert and McCown on Wednesday morning, then told other players at a team meeting. The transition was inevitable since the Jaguars selected Gabbert with the 10th pick in April's draft. Del Rio had hoped to take it slow with the former Missouri standout, even planning to give him a year to watch and learn behind David Garrard. But Garrard had his worst preseason as a starter and was outplayed by McCown, a career backup. Del Rio named McCown the starter five days before the season opener.