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Blaine Gabbert getting worse as rookie year progresses

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Luke McCown threw two passes for the Jaguars on Sunday, and they both fell incomplete.  His quarterback rating was still higher than Blaine Gabbert’s by the end of the day.

Gabbert’s numbers and overall play have been regressing, and Gabbert didn’t start off too well in the first place.

The brief feeling that the Jaguars could re-enter the AFC South race has passed. They are 2-6, and anything more than six wins this year would be a huge surprise.

“Before our eyes, the Jaguars’ offense is shriveling like a dried prune,” Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union writes.

The best thing you can say about Gabbert is that he doesn’t throw interceptions. (He has fumbled six times.) The worst thing you can say: Just recite his numbers.

Gabbert ranks dead last among NFL quarterbacks in completion percentage (45.7) and yards-per-attempt (5.24) by wide margins. The schedule hasn’t been easy, but his average-per-attempt the last three weeks looks like he’s a mediocre running back: 4.19, 4.65, and 3.23.

The team hasn’t topped 100 yards passing for three weeks.

“I couldn’t imagine offensively that we’d be this anemic,” said Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri said.

Some growing pains are inevitable, but coach Jack Del Rio couldn’t have imagined this either.  Or he would have stuck with McCown as the starter a little longer.

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  1. edmazeing1 says: Oct 31, 2011 10:57 AM

    Instead of waiting to the first week of next year release him now!!

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 31, 2011 10:58 AM

    I was pulling for the Vikings to get him when he dropped in the draft. So glad they got Ponder. Nevertheless, not all QBs are great as rookies so I wouldn’t give up on Gabbert yet.

  3. snitor says: Oct 31, 2011 11:01 AM

    Wasn’t Gabbert better than Newton, Ponder and Dalton before the draft?

  4. lucky5934 says: Oct 31, 2011 11:18 AM

    AND that is why you don’t start a rookie before he is ready. I understand that some franchises (Bengals and Panthers) don’t have a choice because the rookie is the best option. But the Jags had Garrard and cut him loose to save a buck. I don’t blame Gabbert for not being a good QB. I blame the Jags ownership and coaching staff for putting him in there before he was ready. Another career derailed before it could even be started the correct way.

  5. jaglife says: Oct 31, 2011 11:19 AM

    Somehow this means that the Jags are moving to LA right?

  6. swagjag says: Oct 31, 2011 11:27 AM

    I don’t know that the Jags have had the same 5 guys line up at O-line in back to back weeks yet. Part of the reason he is throwing off his back foot is the D linemen in his grill all day long.

  7. ssn760 says: Oct 31, 2011 11:28 AM

    Mike Mayock’s draft “expertise” sure is taking a beating this year. Cam Newton was his #16 prospect and Blaine Gabbert was the next Joe Montana.

  8. dcfan4life says: Oct 31, 2011 11:32 AM

    The lack of a good Wide Receiver sure hurts. Mike Thomas is the smallest number 1 option i have ever seen. That being said Gabbert has been surprisingly inaccurate. Missing even the open receivers and unable to sometimes make checkdowns. He routinely overthrows receivers including on check downs and gets happy feet. As a Skins fan who wanted him im glad we didnt, and that says something with our QB situation. When a good QB is on a losing team but shows promise, like Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Peyton Manning back in the day, their play shows they will improve. Gabbert seems to be going the route of Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Akili Smith or dare i say Mark Sanchez. He is getting worse. And his team isnt good enough to offset that.

  9. chazatlas says: Oct 31, 2011 11:34 AM

    And some Panthers fans said Cam Newton would be a guaranteed bust and we should draft “Plain” Blaine Gabbert. Ha! Idiots. Andrew Luck will be mediocre in the NFL for the same reason Gabbert is. They come from weak college conferences.

  10. nationalmediacansuckit says: Oct 31, 2011 11:47 AM

    Gabbert is getting worse. One thing we got to remember is he is still a rookie. I wish he did look like Ponder, Newton, and Dalton at this point. Gabbert isn’t any worse than those three guys. But you know what is worse? Coaching, coaching, coaching. Gabbert deserves blames as well. You can’t throw behind receivers on slant routes and you cant rush your throw in the pocket b/c you’re scared of the hit, but this offensive coaching staff is lost. It’s ridiculous. Last off season the defense was the only thing addressed which seems to be solid. With all the cap space this team has, next year this offense BETTER get addressed along with coaching.

  11. phillyfan4ever says: Oct 31, 2011 11:49 AM

    Give him time

  12. zoxitic says: Oct 31, 2011 11:50 AM

    This poor kid has faced nothing but top tier defenses,terrible weather conditions, a very young and injury plagued offensive line and the worst WR corp in the NFL. And what does Blaine Gabbert say?

    Absolutely nothing. No excuses. He takes it like a man. This guy is a football player through and through.

    I dont see this guy failing. I just dont.

  13. beastson says: Oct 31, 2011 11:52 AM

    dcfan4life says:
    Oct 31, 2011 11:32 AM
    The lack of a good Wide Receiver sure hurts. Mike Thomas is the smallest number 1 option i have ever seen.

    —–

    He’s still taller than Steve Smith!

  14. Nevis says: Oct 31, 2011 11:54 AM

    But according to every analyst, Gabbert was a MUST PICK for the 49ers. Instead, they “reached” for OLB Aldon Smith, who has 6.5 sacks and is working on DROY.

  15. trbowman says: Oct 31, 2011 12:03 PM

    Waaaaaay overdrafted. Jags fell in love with his physical tools.

    Not surprised at all he’s struggled, and don’t expect it to change anytime soon.

  16. trbowman says: Oct 31, 2011 12:05 PM

    Can’t help but wonder if the Jags already regret drafting him.

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 31, 2011 12:08 PM

    Getting worse? He’s played the top 3 Ds in the league and won a game. If our defense wouldn’t have left Owen Daniels wide open to make a shoestring catch on 3rd & 4 from their own 14 while we were down 14-7, we may be having a different conversation today.

    No WRs except for Jason Hill, of the “Who is Jason Hill” story a few weeks back vs. NYJ.

    OL that hasn’t been together for a start, yet, this season.

    No real preparation to start. He got a couple days notice.

    He got the crap knocked out of him on a B.S. play by that roidman Cushing and came back to play yesterday.

    He’ll be fine.

  18. kqole25 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:08 PM

    Wasn’t Gabbert better than Newton, Ponder and Dalton before the draft?

    hahaha!! So true!! All analysts deemed the QB’s in this draft the worst ever. And Locker hasn’t even taken a snap yet.

  19. blackandtealforeal says: Oct 31, 2011 12:12 PM

    Aaron Rogers sat behind Brett Favre for years, 3 I believe. Most rookies who start at QB do not have much success.
    He just turned 22 in the last month.
    Give the kid a chance. Next year will be much better. If not, there probably won’t be any one to blame because in all likelihood they (Jags) will clean house this year. (coaching staff and GM)

  20. Kaz says: Oct 31, 2011 12:19 PM

    One things for sure, his fear of getting hit is becoming a little troubling. He’s falling back to throw all the time. Hunching down in fear. Not a good sign.

  21. jagsgrl says: Oct 31, 2011 12:30 PM

    its all a mess. you put in a ROOKIE qb with absolutely no one who can get free or catch the ball, a tight end who has dropped as close to everything as you can get, and a run game that every other team knows about and is realy for. plus our best rb has a bad case of the drops….c’mon man……..time for some house cleaning. say what you will about cam newton, great numbers but all self serving, his team has the same record as the jags

  22. zoxitic says: Oct 31, 2011 12:30 PM

    Cam Newton’s team 2-6
    Ponder’s team 2-6
    Gabbert’s team 2-6

    Wins and Losses are the only stat that counts.

    Looks like they’re all the same to me so far.

  23. jagmania65 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:52 PM

    trbowman says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:03 PM
    Waaaaaay overdrafted. Jags fell in love with his physical tools.

    ———————————————-
    Guess it could be worse, you could fall in love with a certain QB’s intangibles…

  24. ogre2010 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:55 PM

    As a Jacksonville native and a mourning Jaguar fan; until this team do something starting at the top, then this is the product you will get on the field.

  25. ogre2010 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:19 PM

    Using that Mike Thomas is short to be a number one receiver is BS!! Steve Smith and Percy Harvin are short and getting the job done. Also, we had trees here in Jacksonville (R. Williams, M. Jones, E. Wilford) and they were horrible

  26. ezwriter69 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:20 PM

    Telling stat: in college, Gabbert averaged less than 3 passes per game of more than 15 yards downfield. I said at draft time, that’ll never fly in the NFL. For once I was right. The kid cannot throw the ball downfield, won’t even attempt to throw it downfield, and defenses are simply jamming everything and defying him to try it… which he won’t or can’t. This is a wasted draft pick, he will be a total bust.

  27. beastson says: Oct 31, 2011 1:29 PM

    zoxitic says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:30 PM
    Cam Newton’s team 2-6
    Ponder’s team 2-6
    Gabbert’s team 2-6

    Wins and Losses are the only stat that counts.

    Looks like they’re all the same to me so far.
    ——

    Hey Peyton’s Colts were worse in the W/L columnt than Leaf’s Chargers that first year.

    Wake up kid! Smell the Gabbert

  28. earthtopft says: Oct 31, 2011 1:42 PM

    Gabbert will be fine. He was the best prospect coming out and that hasn’t changed. He is a year or two younger than the other rookies and has at least one less year at the college level than any of them. That make a difference.

    Plus the Jags top two receivers are castoffs from teams that were at the bottom of the league at the time they were acquired. Hill from San Fran last year, and Sims-Walker from St. Lou this year. The guy they were counting on, Marcedes Lewis took his big payday and RETIRED. Jerk.

  29. snarkzilla says: Oct 31, 2011 1:46 PM

    Actually Ponder’s team is 1-1 for his starts.

  30. 4t9er says: Oct 31, 2011 2:08 PM

    I think it’s too early to judge a rookie who wasn’t treated as a starter until 4-5 weeks ago. If they were going to start him they should’ve given him more practice snaps instead of giving it to Garrard and McCown.

  31. leftcoastnative says: Oct 31, 2011 2:46 PM

    Jags coaches Dirk Koetter, OC, and Mike Sheppard, QB coach, wanted this guy over some other possible choices, and now they have to live with him. Both are former college head coaches with dink and dunk and bubble screen mentalities, but that is not flying in the NFL. Gabbert had very questionable completion percentages with balls thrown beyond 10 yards across the line of scrimmage. So much for hasty decisions to jettison a QB as early as the Jags did.

    Sometimes, the devil you know is better than the one you don’t!!!

  32. davidjcu says: Oct 31, 2011 2:56 PM

    Del Rio shouldn’t of let go of Garrard. Garrard could of allowed Gabbert to gradually ease into the role on the field and within the locker room a la McNabb & Ponder. Jake Locker probably will benefit from learning from Hasselbeck .In a year when Peyton Manning is gone for the year, the Jags picked the worst year ever for a rebuilding year.

  33. earthtopft says: Oct 31, 2011 3:07 PM

    You don’t want to bet against Gabbert, did you catch the “MF” bomb he threw at Cushing, I think, when he was chased out of bounds? Looked like Blaine was ready to throw down with the linebacker.

    He is as smart as anyone who has come along at the position that I’ve seen, and has the competitive fire. Also, he was the leader of the pre combine group that included Locker, Ponder, Dareus, Miller, Green, Jones, Watt, Aldon Smith, and most of the other top players in the draft. All of whom were older than Blaine, I believe. Unquestionably, according to Terry Shea the QB coach there.

  34. realfootballfan says: Oct 31, 2011 3:56 PM

    I’m not quick proclamation guy, but Gabbert can’t play. What ailed him at Missouri is obviously worse in the pros, he’s scared to get hit.

    That’s the most important part of the job, you can’t fix that.

    If he’s constantly looking for the rush instead of reading defenses and delivering balls under the rush, he’s useless and I’m sure the Jaguar coaches realize that as well.

    What will be interesting is will Smith get fired along with Del Rio for this blunder that was apparent from watching at home, let alone it being apparent with coach’s film on the guy?

    In my estimation, the only thing that saves him for this mistake is because the rookie deals aren’t such cap killers anymore, so they can charade with him probably until early next year, but it will be interesting to see if they openly admit their mistake and try to grab another QB prospect early in next year’s draft to phase Gabbert out.

  35. whatwouldlombardido says: Oct 31, 2011 9:02 PM

    The Jags need to get MJD to run more effectively in order to take pressure off of Gabbert. Maybe the O line needs to learn how to cut-block…

  36. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Oct 31, 2011 11:39 PM

    he’s the next jimmy clausen. he doesn’t have the it factor. cam and ponder are the most underrated qbs of this draft. dalton is game manager of the year. don’t tell all 100 bengals fans that. he’s awesome, like colt mccoy

  37. bigvinnyinjax says: Nov 1, 2011 7:46 AM

    Did I really just read that someone said Cam Newton was the most underrated qb in the draft? The #1 pick overall was underrated? Ummmmmmmmm.

  38. bigvinnyinjax says: Nov 1, 2011 7:52 AM

    The Blaine-bashing is getting a little ridiculous. The kid has NOBODY to throw the ball to. Nobody.

    Newton has Smith, Shockey, and Olsen. Can you even name who Gabbert has? Yeah, that TE Marcedes Lewis who has suddenly forgotten how to catch the ball now that he signed a big contract. How about Hill who was cut by the 49ers, or Sims-Walker who was cut by the Rams? Oh yeah, don’t forget Mike Thomas who isn’t tall enough for the big-boy rides at Disney World.

    If you want to say the Jaguars make horrible personnel moves then go right ahead. But it’s not Gabbert’s fault that he’s struggling. He has -0- supporting cast. Put Dalton or Newton on this team and they would do no better.

  39. truejagsfan7 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:10 AM

    ogre2010 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:19 PM

    Using that Mike Thomas is short to be a number one receiver is BS!! Steve Smith and Percy Harvin are short and getting the job done. Also, we had trees here in Jacksonville (R. Williams, M. Jones, E. Wilford) and they were horrible

    Mike thomas is 5’8”
    percy harvin is 5’11”
    Steve Smith is 5’9”

    so technically we do have the smallest #1 Wr is the nfl but it is no excuse. our problem is the offense period. no receivers, no oline, and no playmakers except mjd. it the 2012 draft we should go Matt khail OT out of USC then 2nd round go receiver and get a guy like Dwight Jones out of UNC or Jeff Fuller out of T A&M. if Khail is gone then we go blackmon, but we can find good receivers this year in the second or third round plus there is free agency. as long as Weaver cleans house with the staff we should be good for next year.

  40. egetto says: Nov 1, 2011 12:49 PM

    So much instant brilliance on here calling him a bust after 5 games. 1 in a monsoon, and 4 against playoff teams/3 great defenses. Jags will rebuild the offense in the off season like the D last year – around this kid, MJD, and Marcedes, and you really wont want to play this team. The defense beat baltimore themselves, finally giving up a first down late in the 3rd quarter….. and came pretty damn close to beating Pitt and Houston on the road without any offense.

    Dalton is the only one with success. Lets see how he does when he plays the teams above.

  41. bigvinnyinjax says: Nov 1, 2011 2:34 PM

    If Mike Thomas were 6’2″ he’d still be the #3 WR on any other team.

    Jags need to clean house in the offseason in a big way.

    I am extremely disspointed in the play of Marcedes Lewis. But I guess no one is more so than Gabbert. Lewis has reverted back to that guy he was 3 years ago when we were worried that he’d be a bust. Now he get his Pro Bowl and his big payday so he’s back to loafing.

    Poor Gabbert.

  42. bigvinnyinjax says: Nov 1, 2011 2:34 PM

    If Mike Thomas were 6’2″ he’d still be the #3 WR on any other team.

    Jags need to clean house in the offseason in a big way.

    I am extremely disspointed in the play of Marcedes Lewis. But I guess no one is more so than Gabbert. Lewis has reverted back to that guy he was 3 years ago when we were worried that he’d be a bust. Now he got his Pro Bowl and his big payday so he’s back to loafing.

    Poor Gabbert.

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