Three weeks into the season, it’s about time we can start to see how Blaine Gabbert will be for the rest of the season. He’s played three different types of defenses and he’s had different amounts of success. Ultimately, however, it comes down to the fact that rightnow his performance is not that far removed from his rookie season.
After a big first games against a usually aggressive 4-3 Vikings defense, Gabbert has reverted back to his old level of production. He doesn’t look like the same player (his command of the offense is leaps and bounds ahead of last year) but he has yet to find the successto go with it. Against the Texans he was dominated and against the Colts he looked underwhelming. The passing offense is once again a bottom feeder and the the team has been unable to move the ball.
The good news for Gabbert is that a lot of the balls he has thrown have been dropped due to poor receiver play, not poor throws. The bad news is that statisticsdon’t care about how many of those throws were drops and he’s still hovering at 50% complete. The only real statistical positive is Gabbert’s four touchdown to zero interceptions. Last season he only had one more touchdown than interception. Fortunately for Gabbert, the coaches don’t rely only on statisticsin judging quarterbacks. Gabbert’s numbers may not jump off the page, but his play has increased dramatically. It’ll be tough, but Gabbert could have a much better season than he did last year if things start to come together. Statistically he may hot look like much, but I have confidence that will change. Gabbert’s intangibles should lead to more tangible gains, like victories, over time.
- Luke N. Sims