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Mularkey wants to get certain thoughts out of Gabbert’s head

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From ownership down to coaches, the Jaguars have expressed a lot of faith in Blaine Gabbert after a rough rookie season.

We believe Mike Mularkey was hired in large part because he was viewed as a great coach to work with Gabbert. One of Mularkey’s first tasks: Getting unnecessary thoughts out of Gabbert’s head.

This is how Mularkey explained Gabbert’s tendency to duck in the face of the pass rush.

“I don’t want to get into the things that took place last year, but [I think] there were things in his head even before the ball was snapped,” Mularkey told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “He knew there may be a chance the rush could get to him for a variety of reasons. I don’t want to step on any toes, but I’ve got to get that out of his head.”

(Our guess about the things in Gabbert’s head: “Watch out!!”)

The toes Mularkey refers to likely belong to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. The Jaguars have talked about simplifying the offense after Koetter’s approach didn’t work last year.

No matter what Mularkey does, there is a chance the rush could get to Gabbert on any snap. Jacksonville will need to see major development from Gabbert in terms of his pocket presence to move forward as an offense.

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23 Responses to “Mularkey wants to get certain thoughts out of Gabbert’s head”
  1. rollteal says: Feb 13, 2012 1:38 PM

    Coach is already interacting with the quarterback and has a mindset.

  2. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Feb 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    it was about this time last year after luck announced he was staying in school that gabbert was saying he was the best qb in the draft. man, he was way off!

  3. KM91 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:08 PM

    Another thought in Gabbert’s head before the snap: “Hey Guy Whimper, stop falling on your ass and block! “

  4. dg0122 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:11 PM

    the main thought in Gabbert’s head:
    “Dude, I’ve got cool looking hair”

  5. realfootballfan says: Feb 13, 2012 2:14 PM

    Good luck to Mularkey because he got screwed in Buffalo, and I actually think he could have grown into a pretty decent coach.

    However, I’ve never seen this problem fixed. I’ve never even seen it fixed in guys who suddenly wgot gun shy during their careers (see Everett, Jim), let alone starting off that way.

  6. granadafan says: Feb 13, 2012 2:16 PM

    Some rookies are destroyed by their inept offensive lines and can never recover like David Carr. He was a fantastic QB with all the potential in the world, but he still hears the thundering hoarde of large and angry linemen hellbent on destruction. That’s why Carr still shudders and prepares to be hit instead of just making plays. Hopefully the same hasn’t happened to Gabbert… yet.

  7. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 13, 2012 2:16 PM

    I think Blaine Gabbert is a perfect fit with the Jags … PERFECT. Just like Jake Locker is a perfect fit with the Titans. It’s all about mental and physical toughness.

  8. FinFan68 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    He needs to start with the “this hit is gonna hurt mentality”

  9. cmack21 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:21 PM

    How much you wanna bet they draft a qb in 2013

  10. emma333 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:30 PM

    Gabbert was thrown into a terrible situation–a 21 year old, no decent receivers, an O line that has some holes, playing top 10 defenses almost all year, no off season and lame duck coaching. I think most of you out there calling him a bust would land in the fetal position and STAY there if you were in his place..He has potential, and I applaud Mularkey for his honesty in explaining his approach. (coach speak was getting a little tiresome). Plus, the refreshing changes that the new owner is making, things are definitely looking up here in J-ville.

  11. gmen1987 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:38 PM

    Hard to change the instincts of a person and Gabbert had a problem with pocket pressence in college.

  12. Spencer says: Feb 13, 2012 2:41 PM

    Remember when all the draft experts said he was the best quarterback in the draft and more “pro-ready” than Cam Newton? Yeah.

  13. dg0122 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    tennesseeoiler, as a Texans fan, I agree that Gabbert and Locker are PERFECT for their respective teams

  14. haileli says: Feb 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    All the psychological tactics in the world aren’t going to help if Smith doesn’t upgrade the line in the offseason. But even that may not help. If you close your eyes while throwing a pass, you probably have no business playing in the NFL. It’s unfair to give up on him, but wow was he bad. Best of luck to Mularkey, but this is a project.

  15. bubbaone says: Feb 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    He also want to get out of Gabbert’s head the thought of marrying a model w/ a mouth.

  16. trbowman says: Feb 13, 2012 2:54 PM

    “Some rookies are destroyed by their inept offensive lines and can never recover like David Carr.”

    Except Gabbert had the same poor pocket presence in college. This is not a new problem.

    Mularkey has his hands full; my guess is that Gabbert gets benched four or five games in next season.

  17. cmack21 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    I just had to repost this because it made me laugh too hard. “fantastic qb”WOW. i bet Texans fan disagree. Captain Checkdown was terrible. No pass went farther than 10 yards, and Andre Johnson didnt become a superstar overnight, he finally got a qb in Shaub. All the potential in the world, and no gonads to back it up.

    Some rookies are destroyed by their inept offensive lines and can never recover like David Carr. He was a fantastic QB with all the potential in the world, but he still hears the thundering hoarde of large and angry linemen hellbent on destruction. That’s why Carr still shudders and prepares to be hit instead of just making plays. Hopefully the same hasn’t happened to Gabbert… yet.

  18. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 13, 2012 2:56 PM

    Why didn’t the QB hungry Redskins won’t me? Maybe it’s them and not me? HTTR!

  19. maddenisfordorks says: Feb 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    Let’s trash the Jags and their QB because of what the draft experts said …

    I think Blaine will develop into a solid starter. 13 games with no training camp with our starting right tackle out … why cast stones?

    However, if not .. rookie QBS are relatively inexpensive compared to before (rookie wage scale), so moving on won’t set a team back nearly as far as it used to.

  20. maddenisfordorks says: Feb 13, 2012 3:04 PM

    Can’t teach…

    mechanics (Tebow, Leftwich, Russel)…
    pocket presence (gabbert) …
    work ethic (Jamarcus) …
    arm strength (McCoy) …

    What do coaches do?

  21. jville808 says: Feb 13, 2012 3:53 PM

    I don’t get why everybody’s ready to call this guy a bust already. All of his flaws were well known coming out of college and he was still being talked about as being the best QB in the draft. Gabbert was supposed to sit a year and would have benefitted greatly from it as well as a full off-season and training camp, but things didn’t work out that way. He’s still the same QB he was when some were projecting him to possibly be the number one pick PLUS he now has some valuable in game NFL experience. With a new, solid coaching staff in place most likely brought in with him and his development in mind as well as a full off season there’s no reason to believe this kid can’t be reaching his full potential sooner rather than later.

  22. jimbobb355 says: Feb 13, 2012 6:12 PM

    I wish I could figure where Mularkey got this reputation from…he owes J.P. Losman about $20,000,000 bucks for the seventeen ways he screwed the lad up in their two seasons together.

    That the chalkboard is only in the same county as the playing field is well established, and all Mularkey has is “book learning”.

    I don’t give a rat’s petunia about how brilliant it is conceptually to call a pass on 1st & goal from the 3 yard line with your team up 14-0 on the road; it’s sure as hell a terrific way to screw up a young QB when the resultant 97 yard pick-six occurs!!

  23. therillest says: Feb 14, 2012 3:14 PM

    Not a new problem….

    Scouting Report: Blaine Gabbert

    “When in the pocket, he stands tall. He holds the ball near his shoulder and gets the ball out of his hands quickly and effectively. Under pressure, he doesn’t do a good job of stepping into pocket to avoid pressure and too often takes off instead of standing his ground and making a throw. When he feels a hit coming, he rushes his throws and doesn’t set his feet to make confident deliveries. He also struggles to set his feet and make proper deliveries when he is on the move. If he can make more confident throws when under pressure and work on his pocket presence, his footwork won’t be too much of an issue in the NFL.”
    By Gil Alcaraz (Draft Breakdown)
    March 20th, 2011

    Cant blame the old coaching staff if the kid just doesnt have heart! Cant coach heart GENE SMITH!

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