Love it or Hate it: Can we expect bye-week improvement?

We hopefully won't be seeing this face anymore! --- David J. Phillip, Associated Press

Breaking news! The Jaguars have been struggling this season! Oh wait, that’s not new, however the question that needs to be asked is, will the struggling end with the help of a bye week. My answer? Undoubtedly yes.

Why am I so positive, you may ask. Well it’s pretty simple. Up until the Jaguars bye week the Jaguars dealt with a host of issues. A terrible punter, injured Pro Bowl special teamers, injured linemen, woeful under performers, a basically brand new defense and rookie learning curves. Right before the bye week though, some of those misaligned and broken pieces were coming together. The punter was replace and has performed solidly so far. Kassim Osgood and Montell Owens are back and healthy. Eugene Monroe is “recovered” from his offseason of healthiness and at a solid playing weight. Eben Britton will hopefully be really after three weeks of rest. Marcedes Lewis was starting to finally catch the ball in the last two weeks before the bye and hopefully has used the bye to get his mind straight. The defense is top-10 and is starting to implement the new wrinkles (look at the blitzing schemes and the performances so far). The rookies are starting to play better with Will Rackley is starting to get up to speed and is playing alot better than earlier in the season and Chris Prosinski getting playing time on throwing downs. Finally Blaine Gabbert. Well, he deserves his own paragraph.

Blaine Gabbertis struggling, there’s no doubt about that. However, we all know the problems that he has been dealing with, 1. receivers who can’t catch the ball, who don’t fight for catches, 2. a makeshift offensive line, 3. a struggling TE, 4. facing the top-10 defenses for the last 4 weeks and finally, 5. issues with pocket presence and footwork. Gabbert is a confident kid, and I use kid because he is one, and he should be focused and ready going into the second half of the season. Hopefully the coaching staff worked on his footwork and pocket awareness during the first week of the bye and he worked on the timing with his receivers. Gabbert will benefit from facing easier defenses and the hope is, he’ll understand that he can succeed in the NFL and every week won’t be against top-5 defenses.

I fully expect the Jaguars to thoroughly trounce the Colts. Gabbert should throw for over 200 yards and a pair of TDs while Maurice Jones- Drew should pass the century mark. I predict a final score of 31-10. As the Hof likes to say, “Book it”.

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  • KeenanJ

    I think you should’ve put Blaine’s issues with his pocket presence and footwork as number one because that is the constant issue right now. The drops are there, as is Marcedes’ struggles, the offensive line troubes with injuries and the inconsistent play of Rackley and the tough defenses he has faced. The difference between those and Blaine’s individual struggles is that they all have a better chance of being improved much more signficantly throughout the rest of the season. The rest of the offense is going to have to make his job easier by performing better considering the circumstance. I’m looking forward to see how much he improves individually the rest of they way, I’m rooting for him.

  • KeenanJ

    I think you should’ve put Blaine’s issues with his pocket presence and footwork as number one because that is the constant issue right now. The drops are there, as is Marcedes’ struggles, the offensive line troubes with injuries and the inconsistent play of Rackley and the tough defenses he has faced. The difference between those and Blaine’s individual struggles is that they all have a better chance of being improved much more signficantly throughout the rest of the season. The rest of the offense is going to have to make his job easier by performing better considering the circumstance. I’m looking forward to see how much he improves individually the rest of they way, I’m rooting for him.

  • Jason Love

    @KeenanJ I don’t disagree. Look back to my original scouting report when the Jags initially drafted Gabbert. I talked about my fear of his footwork (I think, hahaha) and his pocket issues. However, I digress. I think the things around him are more likely to improve than Gabbert himself and that’s the point. If Gabbert has all of that stuff’s weight taken off of his shoulders, he’ll play better, mark my words. If you take away the drops made by the receivers (TE, RB, WR) Gabbert’s accuracy would probably jump 20%, no doubt. Here’s a link to receivers of 2011 and drops… http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/wr . Now, granted the catch % refers to passes incomplete, not just dropped, but still, the point is there. If Gabbert has more time, against easier opponents and has receivers who catch and fight for the ball, I guarantee he’ll play better. Easily.

    Summation, everything else has an easier chance of improvement. Gabbert needs less on his shoulders and if everything else becomes easier, then he’ll play better.

  • Jason Love

    @KeenanJ Oh, and I just found this. Jason Hill and Mike Thomas are top-10 in drops in the AFC according to this stat sheet. Tied for 11th in the NFL. http://stats.washingtonpost.com/fb/leaders.asp?range=AFC&type=Receiving&rank=232&year=

  • Jason Love

    @KeenanJ I don’t disagree. Look back to my original scouting report when the Jags initially drafted Gabbert. I talked about my fear of his footwork (I think, hahaha) and his pocket issues. However, I digress. I think the things around him are more likely to improve than Gabbert himself and that’s the point. If Gabbert has all of that stuff’s weight taken off of his shoulders, he’ll play better, mark my words. If you take away the drops made by the receivers (TE, RB, WR) Gabbert’s accuracy would probably jump 20%, no doubt. Here’s a link to receivers of 2011 and drops… http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/wr . Now, granted the catch % refers to passes incomplete, not just dropped, but still, the point is there. If Gabbert has more time, against easier opponents and has receivers who catch and fight for the ball, I guarantee he’ll play better. Easily.

    Summation, everything else has an easier chance of improvement. Gabbert needs less on his shoulders and if everything else becomes easier, then he’ll play better.

  • Jason Love

    @KeenanJ Oh, and I just found this. Jason Hill and Mike Thomas are top-10 in drops in the AFC according to this stat sheet. Tied for 11th in the NFL. http://stats.washingtonpost.com/fb/leaders.asp?range=AFC&type=Receiving&rank=232&year=

  • LukeNSims

    @Jason Love@KeenanJ Trade for Megatron, pick up TO, maybe Stallworth (he was just cut, right?). Sounds like a plan. Suddenly we’d be awesome. It’d be worth 60 million for Megatron and no draft picks for the next two years and 1 million for TO, maybe league minimum for Stallworth?

    But in reality, we’ll just look to our woes with trepidation for the rest of eternity.

  • http://www.blackandteal.com/ LukeNSims

    @Jason Love@KeenanJ Trade for Megatron, pick up TO, maybe Stallworth (he was just cut, right?). Sounds like a plan. Suddenly we’d be awesome. It’d be worth 60 million for Megatron and no draft picks for the next two years and 1 million for TO, maybe league minimum for Stallworth?

    But in reality, we’ll just look to our woes with trepidation for the rest of eternity.

  • KeenanJ

    @Jason Love I don’t know why but it seemed as if there has been more dropped passes than that. I’m surprised Lewis and MJD isn’t on the list, because if I recall correctly they have both dropped three passes a piece easily. But you’re point is taken, some of those drops could easily make Blaine’s percentage look better but some of those drops were some ugly throws. That’s no excuse when the ball hits you in the hands or in your chest but he has to make it easier on them and vice versa. As you’ve stated, improvement is going to be needed from everyone involved.

  • KeenanJ

    @LukeNSims@Jason Love LOL!

  • KeenanJ

    @Jason Love I don’t know why but it seemed as if there has been more dropped passes than that. I’m surprised Lewis and MJD isn’t on the list, because if I recall correctly they have both dropped three passes a piece easily. But you’re point is taken, some of those drops could easily make Blaine’s percentage look better but some of those drops were some ugly throws. That’s no excuse when the ball hits you in the hands or in your chest but he has to make it easier on them and vice versa. As you’ve stated, improvement is going to be needed from everyone involved.

  • KeenanJ

    @LukeNSims@Jason Love LOL!

  • Jason Love

    @LukeNSims @Jason Love @KeenanJ I prefer apathy over dealing with woes over the length of eternity.

  • Jason Love

    @LukeNSims @Jason Love @KeenanJ I prefer apathy over dealing with woes over the length of eternity.

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