Blaine Gabbert Can Succeed With The Jacksonville Jaguars


November 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a million holes along the roster but the most unsettling one is likely the question mark at quarterback.  Blaine Gabbert is going to be around for year three, but can he prove that he is the guy?  Can he be the successful?

According to head coach Gus Bradley; he can be.  He just needs to elevate his play.

Here is what Bradley had to say in a National Football Post article:

"We don’t need [Gabbert] to be anybody other than himself,” he said. “And we need to try to challenge him to be the best he can be. We’ve seen enough things on tape with both him and Chad [Henne], that if we can elevate his level of play, we can be successful with him."

The key here is that the Jaguars need Gabbert to elevate his play.  Over the past two seasons Gabbert has been nothing short of abysmal on the whole with some moments of mediocrity sprinkled in between.  He solved his pressure problem in his second season but the yardage, touchdowns, and overall offensive production didn’t come with.  Gabbert has to get better.

Because quarterback is such a crucial piece of the puzzle for NFL teams the Jaguars may opt to move past Gabbert (a player the new regime has no loyalty to) if he fails to gain significant ground.  While the team is in the midst of a rebuild and a lot of the planning is well beyond year one and maybe year two, Gabbert won’t be a part of the rebuild if he can’t show that he can play on another level.

Now, can he do it?  That’s all up to Gabbert (and, apparently, backup Chad Henne).  Without better quarterback play, the Jags are highly unlikely to be successful.

– Luke N. Sims

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