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Blaine Gabbert will remain Jaguars starter

Blaine Gabbert,  J.J. Watt AP

Luke McCown immediately added life to a dormant Jaguars offense when he replaced Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter on Sunday.

And now he’ll go right back to the bench. Jack Del Rio announced after Sunday’s loss that Gabbert will remain the starter.

“Offensively, we just are struggling to generate enough productivity to have any fun,” Del Rio said via the Associated Press. “It’s tough to win in this league when you’re not scoring. . . . We are working hard at it, but we are just not making enough plays.”

Gabbert is the biggest problem. His accuracy and pocket presence are major issues that will be tough to correct.

We understand that the Jaguars may as well keep playing Gabbert this season, but that doesn’t mean they have to stick with him next season.

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29 Responses to “Blaine Gabbert will remain Jaguars starter”
  1. norcalmafia says: Nov 27, 2011 8:17 PM

    Well if Tim Tebow remains the starter for the Denver Donkeys why shouldnt Blaine start…At least Blaine plays REAL football

  2. tebowsgonnagitya says: Nov 27, 2011 8:18 PM

    Merle Hodge has no problem with this guy… Boomer easiason probably thinks he is neat too…

  3. danielcp0303 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:18 PM

    Looking like a terrible pick. Just because you need a qb, doesn’t mean you have to take one in the 1st. He’s not a lost cause or anything, but he’s definitely not ready.

  4. trbowman says: Nov 27, 2011 8:23 PM

    The sooner the Jags acknowledge the massive mistake they made in Gabbert, the better off they’ll be.

    He’ll never be good. Pocket presence is an innate ability. It’s not something you can really teach a guy.

  5. dionoil says: Nov 27, 2011 8:24 PM

    A project, no harm in giving him time. Not like they’re going to win anyway

  6. nationalmediacansuckit says: Nov 27, 2011 8:28 PM

    We understand that the Jaguars may as well keep playing Gabbert this season, but that doesn’t mean they have to stick with him next season.
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    As much as this site gets under my skin from time to time, this is probably one of the few times I completely agree. Yes, Gabbert is a rookie. Yes, Dirk Koetter is at fault as well. Yes the recievers are horrible. But right now he ain’t passing the eye test. He will make a great throw and split defenders and I say “beautiful”. Then I see him shuck and duck in the pocket when a defender is 6 feet away and I say “pitiful”. I’m going to keep perspective, but right now I don’t know if Gene Smith got this one right. Besides we will have a top 10 pick and with the new rookie wage scale if Matt Barkely, Robert Griffin III or Landry Jones is there, catch my drift?

  7. Steve says: Nov 27, 2011 8:32 PM

    “With the 3rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…Justin Blackmon, WR from Oklahoma St.”

    It’s hard to call him a bust this early, but he sure doesn’t look the part. That said, maybe his fortune changes if JAX puts legit offensive weapons on the field with him.

  8. ohcomeonthatsfunny says: Nov 27, 2011 8:44 PM

    What were the Skins thinking passing up on this guy @ 10?… Hail

  9. spfripp says: Nov 27, 2011 8:49 PM

    IMO I think in certain situations it is better to let a QB sit a year then to let him play right off the back and vise versa. I think in this case the Jags are taking a huge risk at ruining a perfectly good QB.
    I feel they should sit him, gather more talent to assist him with his growth and then start him. If you look at all the successful rookie QBs out there all of them with the exception of Dalton has a talented vet at a skill position that they could lean on.

    But then again Del Rio might be acting desperate to save his job.

  10. kazkal says: Nov 27, 2011 8:57 PM

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    IMO I think in certain situations it is better to let a QB sit a year then to let him play right off the back and vise versa. I think in this case the Jags are taking a huge risk at ruining a perfectly good QB.
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    Eh IMO just throw him in trial of Fire,Carson sat a year and he still looked like rookie his first season starting…Find out what they have now rather then waste a extra year..

    PS,They should have taken Dalton in the 1st :>

  11. cheapseater says: Nov 27, 2011 9:26 PM

    It’s as simple as this…

    Jags knew he was raw with high potential. They thought he could sit behind Garrard for a year. That situation played out about as badly as possible. Blaine needs more time. Everyone knew that going into the draft. Not sure why it is such a surprise now.

  12. zonedogz says: Nov 27, 2011 9:43 PM

    Del Rio still has time to throw Gabbert under the bus too!

  13. mwcarolina says: Nov 27, 2011 10:05 PM

    We understand that the Jaguars may as well keep playing Gabbert this season, but that doesn’t mean they have to stick with him next season.
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    That would be beyond stupid. i am sorry, but this isnt Jimmy Clausen, Gabbert wasnt picked in round 2, he’s not some QB you draft and say it’s over after one year, you give him time, if you drafted him later, then fine, BUT you gave up a 1st round pick, pick 10 and traded up for this guy. you could’ve had Ryan Kerrigan and a 2nd round pick for Gabbert, replacing Gabbert with Griffin, Barkley or Jones would be just stupid and show that this team just throws away first round picks.

  14. northshorejag says: Nov 27, 2011 10:12 PM

    I’m surprised Del Rio didn’t say the offensive coordinator picks the starters

  15. My Last Victim Escaped says: Nov 27, 2011 10:13 PM

    They wont give up on Gabbert. Shoot… look at Alex Smith.

  16. earthtopft says: Nov 27, 2011 10:17 PM

    Before the draft everyone was talking about Gabbert as a two or three year project. Now after half a season, the jury is in? The guy only turned 22 a month ago. He is still younger than most of the quarterbacks who will be drafted next April.

  17. tebowspeech says: Nov 27, 2011 10:55 PM

    If you replaced Gabbart with Tebow – they’d be fighting for a playoff spot and you know that’s the truth.

  18. coderacer says: Nov 27, 2011 11:12 PM

    I wonder if the comments here would be as forgiving if it was Cam Newton instead of Gabbert who was struggling so mightily.

    I agree that the team will have to give him time, but so far, the guy has looked as bad as one could possibly look at the position.

  19. jvillenole says: Nov 27, 2011 11:24 PM

    No way Tebow would make a difference in this offense.

    Besides…who cares? Can we put the Tebow garbage to rest? He is not a Jaguar. He didn’t get darfted by Jville. Time to move on!!!!!!!

    Bottom line is that Gabbert will be just fine. He is 22 years old, and has HUGE upside. He also has the worst WRs in the NFL, by far.

    The original plan was to have Gabbert sit and learn this year. JDR blew that up with four days to go before the first regular season game. Further, Gabbert has the crappiest coaches in the NFL teaching him how to be an NFL QB. Their QB Coach is not a QB! The same QB coach who made Garrard look good (Mike Shula), is now making Cam Newton look good. It really does matter that much.

    Dallas fans wanted to bail on Aikman when he only won one game his rookie season. Steve Young was horrible his rookie season in TB.

    Enough said.

  20. mwcarolina says: Nov 27, 2011 11:54 PM

    I wonder if the comments here would be as forgiving if it was Cam Newton instead of Gabbert who was struggling so mightily.
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    for me, it would, i am NOT a fan of drafting QBs in round 1 and quitting on them in one year, especially when you chose this said qb in the top 10 and/or traded up for him and/or you used the first overall pick on him.

  21. sportsbastard says: Nov 28, 2011 12:10 AM

    I’m a a Mizzou fan, and Blaine never improved from the time he was a frosh thru the present day. He’ll always be a big strong fast kid that can throw a fastball, but the accuracy, decision making, and pocket presence have always been lacking. Jax would have been better served dealing with the Saints for C. Daniel, he is the far better MU QB.

  22. blancodiablo says: Nov 28, 2011 12:22 AM

    Gabbert is the starter next year. And most likely the year after that. His placement in the draft and the cost to the Jaguars guarantees a three year commitment.

    How can anyone honestly judge his capability while under the tutelage of coaches on one year contracts? And bad coaches at that?

    Hello, Del Rio?

    Gabbert looks like a rookie on a bad team. Which he is and they are. His number 1 WR would be lucky to be a #3 on any other team. The WR’s cannot get separation (let alone catch) and Marcedes Lewis’ hands are still at the table where he signed his new contract.

    BLUF: Give Gabbert a full offseason with a new coaching staff and some WR talent. The kid’s got talent but the game is too fast for him right now. All of which is correctable with the right resources.

  23. CKL says: Nov 28, 2011 3:32 AM

    nationalmediacansuckit says:

    Then I see him shuck and duck in the pocket when a defender is 6 feet away and I say “pitiful”.
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    That is just so astounding to me. Any time I’ve watched him, he is more often than not falling away from his throws, turning to avoid “pressure” that’s not even close. It makes him inaccurate of course. It reminds me of how a QB can be after a serious injury (saw it at times with my team’s QB Brady in 09) or a career long beating behind a bad OL. Never saw it in a rookie QB before.

  24. mlblogsakcin48 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:23 AM

    so norcal, whats real football? Yea, why would they start a guy who keeps winning, he doesnt play,”real football” so who cares if they’ve won 4 games in a row. tool

  25. mlblogsakcin48 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:30 AM

    ponder, dalton and newton were the only 3 good qbs in that draft by far. I guarantee u gabbert will be out of the lg in 4 or 5 yrs. I mean he actually seems to be getting worse

  26. mlblogsakcin48 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:31 AM

    maybe mallet, but he is to much of a head case

  27. mlblogsakcin48 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:35 AM

    and earth, in this lg with the way the qb has evolved , if it takes u 2 or 3 yrs, ur way behind the curve

  28. swagjag says: Nov 28, 2011 8:27 AM

    Gabbert has plenty of excuses. Mike Sheppard is not equipped to be a QBs Coach. Del Rio is a lame duck head coach. He has nobody getting open or catching the ball.

    None of that changes the fact he looks like a groundhog that is perpetually seeing his shadow after each snap. For those who have not had the chance to see him an entire game, it is brutal. While he has upside and the right attitude and work ethic, thus far he looks pathetic. He is skittish. He feels pressure 3 seconds before it actually gets there and spazzes out. Once he feels pressure (real or imagined), he stops looking downfield and basically freaks out. When he does throw the ball accurately and where it needs to go, half the time it is dropped.

    The Jags need to keep playing him and let him stink it up so they can improve their draft status. And they need to add another viable option at QB next year to push Gabbert. If he ain’t the guy, you need a better option than McCown to turn to.

  29. gmen1987 says: Nov 28, 2011 10:52 AM

    The Jags are stuck with Gabbert, whether they like it or not. They are not going to be drafting a QB next year when they already have a big contract QB under the salary cap. With Gabbert’s performance so far, he is not tradable either.

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