You know what’s worse than having two bad-to-mediocre years as an NFL quarterback? Getting stabbed in the back by a coach who was supposed to be helping you develop into a franchise quarterback during those two years.
Unfortunately, that’s just what happened to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert during the 2013 offseason. By all accounts Gabbert is a stand up guy. He seems to shoulder responsibility well and he takes his lumps and shots to the chin without complaint…or does he? According to an anonymous ex-coach, Gabbert is a whiner.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually take things from “anonymous” sources to heart. (Except that secret admirer in third grade, I knew it was Sally who sat behind me!) It doesn’t seem to me that Gabbert is taking it to heart either, but he isn’t hiding his justifiable frustration either:
When you have an anonymous source saying something that couldn’t be further from the truth, it pisses me off. Like I always said, ‘Put your name on it.’ If you’re going to say something to the media, say it to me. Say who said it. No need to hide behind a computer screen or an anonymous source name when you’re trying to make a point.
If this was all a super-elaborate ploy to make Gabbert perform better, it apparently isn’t working. Gabbert went on to say that it isn’t providing extra motivation for him to compete harder for the starting role in Jacksonville. This could be bad news for head coach Gus Bradley and GM Dave Caldwell, who are both looking for a quarterback or two to compel Gabbert to reach is potential.
“ou want to prove every person wrong who says you can’t do your job at a high level. We’re just competitive guys. That’s what makes this job fun,” Gabbert said. Hopefully there is a little more competition to go with the fun for the Jaguars in 2013. Gabbert is expected to compete for his starting job against backup Chad Henne and fresh arms either from free agency or the draft.
- Luke N. Sims
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