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Tucker: Gabbert is “super-tough” and “courageous”

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Rookie quarterbacks struggle. But Jaguars rookie Blaine Gabbert has struggled in such a way that has inspired some harsh criticism, including on this site.

It’s all about pocket presence. As noted by Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, Trent Dilfer has called Gabbert timid in the pocket. Joe Theismann said Gabbert was a shrinking violet. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell didn’t think Gabbert could learn the skills in the pocket to ever become a quality starter.

Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker sees things differently.

“I see Blaine as being courageous in the pocket,” Tucker said this week. “I see him as being super-tough. I see him being very, very competitive and my feeling is that his teammates and his coaches feel the same way.”

Tucker seems to be overcompensating here. Even the biggest Gabbert fan would have to admit that his pocket presence and ability to not get bothered by the pass rush is a major issue that needs to be corrected.

Tucker went on to say that Gabbert does have areas to improve, but didn’t cite his pocket presence directly.

Tucker’s answer makes us wonder: Will all potential Jaguars head coaching candidates have to believe Gabbert is super-tough?

That doesn’t seem like the best way to find the best possible man for the job.

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48 Responses to “Tucker: Gabbert is “super-tough” and “courageous””
  1. Kaz says: Dec 22, 2011 8:24 AM

    Actions speak louder than words… The way he shys away from contact (real or assumed) is troubling…

  2. indywilson40 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:27 AM

    Tucker went on to say “…but what do I know. I also beleive in the tooth fairy and santa claus.”

  3. tjacks7 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:27 AM

    I see him as a lost QB out there.

  4. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:29 AM

    “Super-tough” and “courageous” = Tim Tebow.

  5. charlutes says: Dec 22, 2011 8:31 AM

    Add Tucker to the list of crappy coaches that would rather their team lose than their players dislike them. Much like the gutless Rex Ryan and his defending of Sanchez. Funny how he’s so gutlessness with all that gut. It turns out you don’t make friends with salad…or cheeseburgers.

  6. skinsnhoyas says: Dec 22, 2011 8:34 AM

    Good!! Don’t draft Griffin or Barkley …HAIL!

  7. dg0122 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:37 AM

    he was not very good in college in the same offense that chase daniel put up ridiculous numbers in…gabbert cares more about how his hair looks than playing football

  8. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 22, 2011 8:37 AM

    I think Gabbert is suffering from what I call “David Carr Disease”. He’s a guy who might have developed into a good NFL starter but he was thrown into a terrible offense and as a result has been shell shocked into being a quality career backup.

  9. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Dec 22, 2011 8:38 AM

    His team sucks and he has no receivers to throw to when he is in said pocket. Hard to judge him on this season.

  10. zoxitic says: Dec 22, 2011 8:38 AM

    When someone is in his face within a second or 2 90% of the time, it’s easy to see why.

    Get him some decent protection and a WR or 2 who doesnt belong on the practice squad.

    Then we can judge him correctly.

  11. nationalmediacansuckit says: Dec 22, 2011 8:41 AM

    I love this new social media era where now just b/c you have a blog or a voice on certain tv networks that you believe a rookie QB on a bad offensive team with a struggling offensive line and no WR’s is considered a bust. Gabbert will look bad on one play and then amazing the next, but the kid has zero protection. Mix that in with bad play calling, horrible coaching and atrocious WR of course he will look bad. All of the talking heads crystal balls means nothing.

    Bottom-line maybe he will be a bust or maybe he will be good.. Personally from what I see I believe he is going to be a good one. Next year he will have weapons, protection and coaching. So put the crystal balls back in your basement and act like an adult instead of some impatient A-D-D 13 year old.

  12. crindal3000 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:42 AM

    super tough, courageous & most importantly a bad QB

  13. bigfranky75 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:46 AM

    with presumably a new GM and coach heading to Jax… whoever it will be is not married to Gabbert or the pick wasted on him…. I wouldn’t be shocked if they take RG3 in the draft.

  14. no1jag says: Dec 22, 2011 8:53 AM

    Tucker just removed himself from serious consideration for the head coaching job. Or maybe he moved to the top now that I think about, Gene is running the search for the coach.

  15. emma333 says: Dec 22, 2011 8:56 AM

    If you watch Gabbert every week, you will know that there are problems with the pocket….It collapses….the receivers are running with their backs to the ball when he needs to throw…sometimes the ball actually gets to the receiver on time…and they DROP it. It has been pretty ugly at times, but there are times that he looks good—with potential. I think that is what Tucker is talking about. Does he need to improve, YES….of course….By the way, Tania also wrote an article about MJD today…very positive feature…should make the Pro Bowl. Now that guy is super-tough. Can we get that one posted?

  16. shackdelrio says: Dec 22, 2011 9:00 AM

    “Tucker’s answer makes us wonder: Will all potential Jaguars head coaching candidates have to believe Gabbert is super-tough?

    That doesn’t seem like the best way to find the best possible man for the job.”

    Did Rosenthal get a “Jump To Conclusions” mat as an early Christmas gift??

  17. CKL says: Dec 22, 2011 9:04 AM

    “Even the biggest Gabbert fan would have to admit that his pocket presence and ability to not get bothered by the pass rush is a major issue that needs to be corrected.”
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

    Not sure if serious….read any earthtopft on here lately?

  18. rdawg911 says: Dec 22, 2011 9:07 AM

    Gabbert’s pocket presence is a 1. With that being said, he needs more weapons around him so he should get another year at least…Jags have the worst WR core in the league. He’s probably the best looking quarterback in the NFL though.

  19. richieab says: Dec 22, 2011 9:08 AM

    Titans took Locker and now we all know why..

  20. regisphilbin says: Dec 22, 2011 9:11 AM

    He isn’t as far off as most think. He showed several times in the TB game that he can step up and make some amazing throws. I’m not certain Brady/Jug-Head would fair much better behind this OL. Its literally a jailbreak more often that not. This is a result of JDR’s 1960’s offense that depended on road graders for the running game rather than pass blockers.

    Lets not forget that this might be the worst collection of WR’s ever in the NFL.

  21. jags880 says: Dec 22, 2011 9:23 AM

    I’ve either watched or been to every Jags game this season. Gabbert panics too quickly and shies away from contact. It can be so frustrating at times because he otherwise flashes a ton of talent. He’s got a big time arm and can make all the throws. Until improved dramatically, his pocket presence, or lack thereof, will always hold him back, though.

    Of course it doesn’t help that Blaine’s had incompetent coaching, THE worst receiving corps in the history of the mankind, and is behind a line that includes a rookie and a Guy named Whimper who has given up 10.5 sacks by himself.

  22. silvernblackpa says: Dec 22, 2011 9:36 AM

    Lets not forget that this might be the worst collection of WR’s ever in the NFL

    ++++++++

    I’ll see you this and raise you the 2007 Oakland Raiders:

    Ronald Curry
    Tim Dwight
    Johnnie Lee Higgins
    John Madsen
    Chris McFoy
    Jerry Porter
    Travis Taylor
    Mike Williams

  23. robinson32183 says: Dec 22, 2011 9:40 AM

    How can you judge pocket presence when a pocket doesn’t exist? I’d be timid if John Abraham was in my face every play. OL needs to be top priority in the offseason.

  24. silvernblackpa says: Dec 22, 2011 9:41 AM

    Gabbert was hilariously overdrafted. To me, he was a 2nd or 3rd round developmental project. But what do I know?

    Anyway, that said, the kid has had no shot this year; within about .25 seconds after the ball is snapped, the backfield resembles the stampede into Wal-Mart when the doors open on Black Friday.

    The Jags just should’ve taken their lumps with Luke McCown or found a veteran journeyman. As of right now, the kid they view as their franchise QB is dangerously close to having David Carr/Jim Everett Syndrome sink in.

  25. nattaggart says: Dec 22, 2011 9:47 AM

    Blaine (AKA Sunshine) needs another year at least. There isn’t a QB in the league that wouldn’t struggle with the offense we have in JAX. Hopefully Kahn will get a real coach in here who can work with Gabbert. Hopefully Gene Smith (AKA uncle fester) will be able to overhaul the offense while keeping the defense intact. Looks like another year or two of rebuilding. …Hang in there Jville. Go buy season tickets. Better days are coming. GO JAGS!!!!

  26. swagjag says: Dec 22, 2011 9:49 AM

    The book is still being written. The first chapter was a nightmare and if the second chapter isn’t dramatically better, there will be no need to check out chapter three.

    The Jags and Shahid Khan will spend liberally on the offense this offseason and will likely draft heavily there as well. He needs a lot more of a supporting cast, especially outside the hash marks. I don’t feel like drafting a young QB to push him would be the worst thing in the world, but from what I hear, they are sold on him having the tools to be a solid starter despite how awful he has looked thus far.

  27. tombradyswig says: Dec 22, 2011 9:54 AM

    Tucker: Gabbert is “super-tough” and “courageous”……. except when he’s in the pocket or anywhere behind center

  28. shackdelrio says: Dec 22, 2011 10:01 AM

    Give him Vincent Jackson and Justin Blackmon and be amazed at how much better he looks. Last week he was throwing to Chastin West and Taylor Price.

  29. woodyg says: Dec 22, 2011 10:06 AM

    nationalmediacansuckit says:
    Dec 22, 2011 8:41 AM

    I love this new social media era where now just b/c you have a blog or a voice on certain tv networks that you believe a rookie QB on a bad offensive team with a struggling offensive line and no WR’s is considered a bust.

    ____________

    The unfortunate part of the ‘new social media’ is that they are not held accountable for the bs they seem to want to create ……. Plus what readers see in print or hear on certain tv networks, they erroneously take as being factual in nature when alot of it is just hype based on flimsy evidence …… Makes a person want to shut it all out ……

  30. blackmagic85 says: Dec 22, 2011 10:07 AM

    His teammates disagree. Check this link of Sound FX of MJD. His O-line is mocking him in his face at the end (3:33). It’s hilarious!

  31. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 22, 2011 10:44 AM

    Someone tell me how Gabbert is any better than Clausen was last year. Both were innacurate, petrified at the hint of a pash rush, panic in the pocket, no clue how to go through their progressions, etc. Carolina made the right decision and realized the sunk cost and took Newton. Jax should do the exact same thing and go with RGIII or Barkley.

    I understand that he has no talent around him, but he has to at least show some ‘flashes’ of brilliance if you are going to tie your future to him. He has shown nothing. He has been as bad as any rookie QB I have ever seen. If that’s not enough to move on to the next QB, I don’t know what is.

  32. jbcommonsense says: Dec 22, 2011 10:53 AM

    Gabbert is a rookie QB with a weak OL, so, yeah, facing a ton of pressure is an adjustment. It does not seem to follow, however, that a coach should criticize this tendency in public. This is the sort of thing you dscuss one on one.

  33. shackdelrio says: Dec 22, 2011 11:07 AM

    “sterilizecromartie says:
    Dec 22, 2011 10:44 AM
    Someone tell me how Gabbert is any better than Clausen was last year”

    You can’t be serious.

    Clausen had 3 TDs in 13 games.

    Gabbert has 11 TDs in 13 games.

    Gabbert also has a higher completion % and more passing yards per game than “Pro Bowl QB” Tim Tebow.

  34. svcfilmguy says: Dec 22, 2011 11:31 AM

    So lets say the Jaguars go out and draft another QB. Unless they upgrade the offensive line and WRs, they’re going to have the same problems. Maybe the new guy will perform better than Gabbert, but it will still be impossible to succeed in that offense. Unless you consider one of the QBs available a can’t-miss, once in a lifetime prospect, give Gabbert some help on offense and a full offseason of preparation to see what he can do. Teams that make panicky decisions based on a small sample size do not win championships. Patient teams willing to develop talent do.

  35. trbowman says: Dec 22, 2011 11:44 AM

    “I think Gabbert is suffering from what I call “David Carr Disease”. He’s a guy who might have developed into a good NFL starter but he was thrown into a terrible offense and as a result has been shell shocked into being a quality career backup”

    Except that his pocket presence was atrocious before he ever stepped foot in Jacksonville.

    I already know everyone is going to play the supporting cast card to explain why Gabbert busted.

  36. 4gone says: Dec 22, 2011 12:00 PM

    Gabbert is “super-tough” and “courageous”
    ——————————————————-
    Maybe on Sega

  37. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Dec 22, 2011 12:05 PM

    talent-wise, i think he is better than jimmy clausen, but mentally he makes clausen look courageous. he’s just not very good. i’m not sure if he will ever be an NFL qb.

    the jags need to pull the plug on the gabbert experiment so they don’t waste 2, 3, 4, 5 years trying to find their guy and risk passing on a possible future star qb in the draft. that is the real risk. carolina’s biggest risk in the past draft was passing up on cam. and cam was a risky draft pick at the time….it just would’ve been more crazy to pass on cam than it would be to pick him.

    sticking with gabbert is the bigger, more long term risk than moving on with a new guy

  38. i10east says: Dec 22, 2011 12:08 PM

    Oh yeah, I ‘agree’ with most of PFT it’s all Gabbert’s fault and he’s the reason the Jags are having a losing season in 2011. Never mind the bad play calling/coaching under the QB coach, JDR, and Koetter most of the year. Never mind that we have the worst WR corp in the league. Never mind that the RT Guy Whimper is a continious spinning top at right tackle. Mojo is the only reliable supporting cast that Gabbert has all year. So lay of the rookie, he’ll be fine next year with better players around him.

  39. dabeloved says: Dec 22, 2011 12:08 PM

    At least he has hair product presence!

  40. mwcarolina says: Dec 22, 2011 12:22 PM

    ok, let me be the first to say that Gabbert has NOT played well and isnt tough or courageous in the pocket, BUT with that said, replacing him in a year would be stupid. RG3 and Barkley would BOTH fail in Jacksonville. what WRs want to sign there knowing the QB will be a rookie??? none. the Jags need weapons on offense to team with Gabbert, now if they do quit on him, if i were Gabbert i would head to Miami and see if they would sign him or ask for a trade to a QB needy team like Miami. we know Washington wont do it (he doesnt fit the offense), but Miami likely would. i personally think he CAN improve, people keep saying, quit on him, BUT this is NOT Clausen here!!! Clausen was a 2nd round pick, you dont look like the biggest idoits there, BUT you HAVE to remember Jacksonville traded Ryan Kerrigan and Jarvis Jenkins for this guy and used not a 2nd round pick, BUT a first round pick on him!

  41. studio26seattle says: Dec 22, 2011 12:22 PM

    Gabbert folds quicker than Superman on laundry day when he’s being pressured in the pocket.

  42. flapjackdaddy says: Dec 22, 2011 12:40 PM

    People made the same excuses for Jimmy Clausen last sesaon.

    The truth lies somewhere between those excuses, and him being plain terrible.

  43. schrutebeetfarms says: Dec 22, 2011 12:42 PM

    Rememeber after 9/11 when commentators, analysts, coaches etc. all said they would no longer call people warriors or courageous as football is simply a game and all the hyperbole was a bit ridiculous when put into perspective?

    MNF is by far the worst at this but then again Gruden has run out of ways to praise people.

  44. wakeupnfl says: Dec 22, 2011 1:33 PM

    Both Coach Tucker and Blaine Gabbert will be a distant memory next year.

    Too many GOOD QB’s are coming to the draft next year:

    Andrew Luck
    Matt Barkley(maybe)
    RGIII
    Kellen Moore
    Russell Wilson
    Case Keenum
    Landry Jones

    A new coach will pick one of them to be “His Guy”.

  45. earthtopft says: Dec 22, 2011 1:39 PM

    Blaine isn’t “super tough” or “courageous” and he probably rolled his eyes when he heard that from Tucker. What he is, is, WAAAAY smarter than your average quarterback. Or your average human being for that matter. He is going to develop on his own terms, and that doesn’t include being on the injured list like about 20 other NFL quarterbacks at the moment, or looking 100 years old before he turns 30, like Roethlisberger.

  46. sportsmediacritic says: Dec 22, 2011 1:47 PM

    Maybe David Garrard wasn’t so bad after all….

  47. earthtopft says: Dec 22, 2011 1:56 PM

    It was the Wizard of Oz draft. Gabbert is the Cowardly Lion looking for courage, Newt is the Scarecrow looking for a brain, Locker is whoever was looking to get a life in the movie…..

  48. bigvinnyinjax says: Dec 28, 2011 8:11 AM

    You have to give the kid a few years, and a few NFL-caliber WRs, before you can pass judgement.

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