Today, while perusing the sports sites, I noticed hat Gabbert got himself a little attention at FOX Sports….and it’s good attention. The post by Alex Marvez is a distinct departure from the traditional Gabbert-bashing that we’ve come to experience from most media outlets. Rather than criticize based on an horrendous first season, a focus was placed on the Gabbert’s ability to overcome adversity both at Mizzou and in Jacksonville with the Jaguars.
Head Coach Mike Mularkey has defended Gabbert when talking about his young signal caller, and has said that most people simply do not understand the situation in Jacksonville. And that’s true. It has been said numerous times by a lot of people who regularly follow the Jaguars that the team has a stigma that is a common misperception of the Jaguars: a culture of failure.
That culture doesn’t exist in Jacksonville for 2012.
Marvez has finally taken note that the polished nature of Cam Newton and Andy Dalton may come from actually being able to take reps with the first team the year prior and the more mature approach they have to the game.
Being only 22 and having the ability to still play college ball hurts Gabbert. After this year, he will truly be the age of many rookies. But for this season, the Jaguars have a second year starter who should be able to learn the game more deeply and work on that polish that makes Cam Newton better.
It’s nice to see other people recognizing Gabbert’s ability and development. That first drive against the Giants may have been enough to begin turning around the opinion on Mr. Gabbert.
- Luke N. Sims