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Tyler Gabbert, Blaine’s brother, leaves Missouri

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When Blaine Gabbert left Missouri for the NFL draft, his brother Tyler was one of the candidates to replace him as the Tigers’ starting quarterback. But now Blaine is with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the 10th pick in the draft, and Tyler isn’t competing to replace his brother — he’s leaving Missouri.

We wish Tyler the best and will do everything we can to assist him going forward,” said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, via our friends at CFT. “He’s worked very hard in our program this past year, and we thank him for his efforts. Tyler is a high quality person and an outstanding football player.”

Presumably, Tyler Gabbert decided to leave because he lost the quarterback competition and wants to go somewhere that he’s the starter.

As an Illinois alum, the situation reminds me of what happened when Rashard Mendenhall left Illinois for the NFL draft. After Mendenhall left, his brother and backup Walter Mendenhall transferred from Illinois when he learned he wasn’t going to be Rashard’s successor as the starting running back.

Rashard then lashed out at Illinois and ripped its coaching staff, but I’d advise Blaine Gabbert not to make the same approach toward Missouri. If there’s one NFL player whom other players shouldn’t emulate in their public comments, it’s Rashard Mendenhall.

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16 Responses to “Tyler Gabbert, Blaine’s brother, leaves Missouri”
  1. dgbk says: May 9, 2011 1:02 PM

    What a baby

  2. Land Snark says: May 9, 2011 1:40 PM

    “If there’s one NFL player whom other players shouldn’t emulate in their public comments, it’s Rashard Mendenhall.”

    Blaine Gabbert =/= Rashard Mendenhall

    I don’t think there are many who would emulate Mendenhall and his misuse of social medial.

    Gabbert strikes me as more of a reserved and soft spoken individual who won’t tout foil hat theories of national events and labor concepts.

  3. duanethomas says: May 9, 2011 1:41 PM

    Not a story, unless the purpose is to get a cheap shot in at Mandenhall. This is a pro football site, not college or Missouri blog. Be better then this, report on the Eighth Circuit court or another story on Favre.

  4. hobartbaker says: May 9, 2011 1:54 PM

    Missouri’s offensive system is not friendly to a quarterback’s pro draft prospects. That was probably the determining factor.

  5. shackdelrio says: May 9, 2011 2:01 PM

    Wow. The bottom of the barrel is currently being scraped. This isn’t even “pro football talk”. If the lockout continues, June and July should be incredible months on this site.

  6. whatswiththehate says: May 9, 2011 2:04 PM

    You’re right…Unlike Rashad that speaks his mind and is willing to bite the bullet for it, Blaine will simply get other folks to do his dirty work for him, ala Brett Farve.

    Blaine seems more like Brett Farve than Rashad Mendenall. But it’s clear you couldn’t resist the desire to continue the bashing on Rashad while, like the rest of the Blaine ass kissing media, paint Blaine into an image he isn’t. Sadly, there seem to be an obvious brainwashing patern with you media elites when it comes to these NFL athletes.

    Also, it’s amazing what a good agent and a few dollars can do for an athlete’s NFL career.

  7. quizguy66 says: May 9, 2011 2:07 PM

    Good to see someone other than Mendenhall representing the U of I in the football blogotwittosphere :)

    -QG

  8. physiodoc2be says: May 9, 2011 2:10 PM

    hobartbaker says: May 9, 2011 1:54 PM

    “Missouri’s offensive system is not friendly to a quarterback’s pro draft prospects. That was probably the determining factor.”

    No, the determining factor was T. Gabbert’s placement as the #2 on the final spring depth chart. He lost out to Franklin and wants to go somewhere to try and win the starting job.

  9. hobartbaker says: May 9, 2011 2:22 PM

    @physiodoc….Pinkel said the QB competition was still wide open and wouldn’t be decided until just before the season started. There was no difference between Gabbert and Franklin through the spring. I think Tyler left because he saw what the Mizzou system cost Blaine in terms of his draft position. Or Chase Daniel before him.

  10. mike106 says: May 9, 2011 2:42 PM

    who cares about Tyler Gabbert..He didnt have what it takes to be starting quarterback so what.
    His brother will have millions when this lock out end so he can still ride on his brothers coat tail.
    Tyler move to Jacksonville and become your brothers cheerleader…..

  11. necrondi says: May 9, 2011 2:53 PM

    Chase Daniel wasn’t drafted highly because he is only 6 ft tall on a good day. His numbers pissed on Blaine Gabbert and any other QB in this years draft if memory serves.

  12. kevpft says: May 9, 2011 3:18 PM

    This was surprising to me, because it doesn’t look like Gabbert wasn’t so thoroughly beaten out for the starting job. It was neck and neck, and presumptive starter Franklin’s numbers aren’t that great – in short, he seems pretty vulnerable and Gabbert still has plenty of chances down the road.

    But I can imagine he looks at his brother’s path and sees a very small, short window to getting noticed and drafted. If he has any thoughts at all about going pro as a junior, there’s no time to lose. And if he’s been offered a guaranteed starting role elsewhere – which would be odd for a freshman – that would be an opportunity.

    Best of luck to everyone involved. This is a tricky time for MU – several straight seasons of legitimate success, knocking on the door of big things, and now a moment of transition. This is where the program either solidifies itself as top-drawer for a while, or sinks back to also-ran-land.

  13. dbo2020 says: May 9, 2011 3:27 PM

    I don’t think you have to worry about Blaine lashing out at the program. He’s a mature, high character guy.

  14. pioliforprez says: May 9, 2011 3:52 PM

    I heard they were going to try to move tyler gabbert to receiver

  15. hoobsher says: May 9, 2011 4:03 PM

    so,

    if you cant win the starting job, DONT try to prove yourself and wait for your chance, just go somewhere to get a starting job even if you arent sure you qualify for it.

    thatll get em far in the nfl.

  16. granadafan says: May 9, 2011 4:15 PM

    “hobartbaker says:
    May 9, 2011 2:22 PM
    I think Tyler left because he saw what the Mizzou system cost Blaine in terms of his draft position. Or Chase Daniel before him.”
    ———————————————————————————

    That’s rather absurd. Gabbert and Chase Daniel got drafted high DESPITE being from Missouri. Most QBs transfer from top conferences to lesser teams or Division II (FCS) teams. How much lower will his draft chances be then?

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