December 11, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) drops back during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Looking Ahead to Blaine Gabbert's Second Season


The offseason program officially began Monday, as players began to attend conditioning workouts and classroom work early, due to having a new head coach. This is the most important time for second year quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, as Mike Mularkey and his staff begin to teach their system.
Jaguars writer Vito Stellino states in his article, “Jaguars get head start to offseason program, but coaches limited”, that coaches are able to teach and condition, yet on a limited basis. This includes supervising and coaching players such as Gabbert, who is allowed to throw to his receivers. This is to get the Jags up to speed with a new coach but not upset the balance of having a two week head start.

Mike Mularkey was the offensive coordinator last year for the Atlanta Falcons, who had one of the better passing attacks due to players such as Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones. It will be Mularkey’s task to improve the Jags bottom of the league passing attack, which seams beyond feasible, not only because of the new system and wide receiver draft class of this year, rather it would be hard to believe no improvement could be made to this team with a year of new assets on all fronts.

Gabbert’s success will also pivot based on who he’s throwing to next season. The Jags had a plethora of wide receivers last season that were spare parts from various other teams.

General manager Gene Smith will make the appropriate moves and the only locks that I can foresee are receivers, Mike Thomas, Laurent Robinson, Cecil Shorts and tight end Marcedes Lewis. Players Chastin West, Jarrett Dillard, Brian Robiskie, Taylor Price and Mike Sims-Walker may be cut to make room for younger talent in the draft or even Lee Evans, who is still in touch.

If Gabbert is to be successful, he may need a number one wide receiver, but what he really needs is a consistent core of receivers that get separation, to build chemistry and grow with. Analysts constantly state he is scared in the pocket, but I would be scared too, if every drop back play I see everyone covered as heavily as they were.

That being said, I expect Gabbert to improve his numbers to at least 3,000 receiving yards and around 20 touchdowns this coming season. Thoughts?

- Antonio Furgiuele

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  • Davjay1983

    Thoughts: Gabbert’s receivers did him NO favors. The entire offense did him no favors. The receivers couldn’t get open and in turn the blocking schemes broke down. Mularkey did an exceptional job of protecting Matt Ryan his rookie year, masking the weaker parts of his game, and playing to his strengths. All in all-Gabbert will be better this year if we get him more capable WRs, better protection, and lean on the forte of our offense-MJD. How much better is yet to be seen.

  • rypercas

     @Davjay1983 I agree with you, and as I said i’d be scared if I was Gabbert and I was standing in the pocket with no one open but the occasional dump pass. Your absolutely right in an all in Gabbert offense as last seasons playbook was made for Garrard and his strengths, not having an off season really hindered his development. I also believe having an offensive head coach with a group of coordinators that are all already on the same page can only help Gabbert grow and succeed. However you have to keep in mind that while MJD is the best player on the team, you can’t lean on him year after year with a 7-8 man box, especially when the league has evolved to favor the pass that much more. MJD should get the ball early and often but having a respectable passing game will make him even better. I’d like to see MJD play for as long as possible, but too much wear and tear could end his career much shorter than anyone would like. Thanks for commenting