Gabbert says he played most of rookie season with toe injury

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Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, whose rookie season was underwhelming at best, has an excuse that wasn’t previously disclosed.  According to Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union, Gabbert played most of 2011 with a toe injury.

Apparently, those 15-step drops can be hard on the proximal phalanges.

If he truly had a toe injury for most of the year, the league office should, in theory, be concerned that the injury was concealed.  As a practical matter, however, the league rarely, if ever, takes action when a player with an undisclosed injury misses no games due to the injury, even if the “spirit” of the rules requires the injury to be disclosed.  (Hey, if the Redskins and Cowboys can have $46 million wiped off the books for violating the “spirit” of the salary cap, it’s a fair point.)

On the first day of the team’s offseason program, Gabbert said he trusts coach Mike Mularkey and G.M. Gene Smith that Gabbert will be the starter.  Even if the Jaguars tried fewer than two weeks ago to trade for Tim Tebow.  And even if Mularkey said newcomer Chad Henne would compete for the starting job.

Gabbert also reflected on a challenging rookie season.  “Some of the criticism was pretty intense,” Gabbert said, via the Associated Press. “You’re always going to get criticized; people need something to talk about.  When the coaches say I’m doing fine, I trust their opinion because that’s the only one that matters.  You can’t worry about what everybody is saying about your game.  You’ve just got to focus on the things that you can control and the things you can improve on.”

The good news is that, based on last year, there’s plenty of room for improvement.  Gabbert finished dead last in passer rating among all quarterbacks who averaged 14 attempts per game.

78 responses to “Gabbert says he played most of rookie season with toe injury

  1. I’m from Hawaii so help me out here ….. does “toe” some kind of mizzou slang-talk for “throwing arm” ????

  2. The average first round drafted QB over the past 10 years was 10th overall, where Gabbert was taken. His rookie numbers were superior to the average first round rookie QB’s in all respects. Plus he is the youngest in history to reach 13 and 14 starts at the position.

    Most of the anti Gabbert jabber seems to be coming from over at Retweeter World. With occasional input from The Nephew In The NFL Basement. It’s not justified, and will be proven so in the coming years.

  3. Why tell us this now? And what does his toe have to do with him tucking his head when he saw the blitz?

  4. Liar. If he was even slightly banged up, he would’ve came out. The guy is terrified to get hit. He had probably the worst season for a quarterback in the history of football (it’s debatable). He always cracked under pressure and his accuracy beyond 15 yards is horrendous. But he has nice hair for a girl.

  5. Once again, an article slanted against the Jags..
    Blaine could have whined during the season about his toe, and how it was hard to plant his foot. NO, he had the worst possible set up–21 yr old, no off season, lame duck coach….crazy Tebow fans…it just goes on and on. Let’s just see how it plays out….I’m rooting for Blaine..

  6. Give him a break. That actually sounds pretty serious.

    And I should know….I’ve been struggling at Words With Friends because of a really bad thumb injury. Like for rilz guys. Come on.

  7. Again you blabber away about the salary cap. Dallas and Washington did not violate the “Spirit” of the salary cap. They violated the rules pertaining to an uncapped year. Dufus

  8. babyhorsemorgan says:
    Apr 2, 2012 10:38 PM
    Gabbert has more brains in his dislocated toe than most of the quarterbacks in the league have in their heads.

    Now your just talking stupid. What does a toe injury have to with ZERO pocket presence?

  9. Is that why he was folding like a cheap lawn chair in the pocket? protecting his pinky toe?
    War Texans sacking him into submission next year!

  10. bigbadal21 says:
    Apr 2, 2012 10:54 PM
    Again you blabber away about the salary cap. Dallas and Washington did not violate the “Spirit” of the salary cap. They violated the rules pertaining to an uncapped year. Dufus
    ______________

    Right. He’s the “dufus”, clearly. Not the guy making up non-existent rules to defend the NFL for breaking the rules of their CBA and of the law.

  11. Some of you are just horrible human beings.

    – He was the youngest QB to start for as many games as he did.

    – He had no offseason to learn an NFL-styled offense.

    – He had a lame duck coaching staff (including, if I remember correctly, a receivers coach for a QB coach).

    – He had horrible, horrible receiver play.

    – And he had a minor lingering injury.

    That’s definitely the formula for success. He played poorly in his first year. Better cut him.

    Really? Have any of you even been 21 before?

  12. Terry Bradshaw was treated unmercifully his first few years in Pittsburg. People were callling for Terry Hanratty or Joe Gilliam to take the helm at QB. Now he’s a HOFer with 4 SB rings. It takes time to build the perfect beast.

  13. Gabbert is lucky he’s not getting Jimmy Clausen’d after the season they had last year. If the Jags were sitting at #2, they’d draft Griffin (or Luck, if the Colts let Corky pick for them).

  14. Unless that toe came in the form of a claw on his throwing hand that forced him to hold onto the ball way too long… I wouldn’t say it was his main problem last year.

  15. Everyone is injured in the NFL, no one cares… Bottom line is you didn’t have a good rookie season… Another bad season and the Jags will be drafting a QB in the first round of the next draft

  16. Gabbert being a bust is no surprise to anyone who watched him in college. He initially committed to my ‘Huskers than changed to Missouri. After watching him play NU I was glad he went elsewhere. Any pressure and he got rattled and showed “happy feet” in the pocket, way to easy to rattle. I predicted on draft day he would be the biggest bust of all QB’s in rounds 1-3 and it seems it’s headed that way.

  17. If so that is true then you should giver him a year this year cause Gabbert is not terrible take some time to develop though but don’t expect nothing too great.The reason he was selected 10th was because he was a “safe” pick which I believe is true

  18. odbj says:
    Apr 2, 2012 11:09 PM
    Some of you are just horrible human beings.

    – He was the youngest QB to start for as many games as he did.

    – He had no offseason to learn an NFL-styled offense.

    – He had a lame duck coaching staff (including, if I remember correctly, a receivers coach for a QB coach).

    – He had horrible, horrible receiver play.

    – And he had a minor lingering injury.

    That’s definitely the formula for success. He played poorly in his first year. Better cut him.

    Really? Have any of you even been 21 before?
    ***

    tell that to cam, andy dalton, christian ponder, the other 31 teams, and david garrard.

  19. The average first round drafted QB over the past 10 years was 10th overall, where Gabbert was taken. His rookie numbers were superior to the average first round rookie QB’s in all respects. Plus he is the youngest in history to reach 13 and 14 starts at the position.

    ——————-
    I need some stats on this and not some rookie qb’s from like 20 years ago. I mean recently you have guys like Russle, Leinart, Alex Smith and Eli that have played similarly awful to him. So maybe he is the next Eli but I wouldn’t bet on it. I feel the Leinart Russle Smith route is much more likely.

  20. We will see. Gabbert’s numbers were better than Stafford’s first year numbers but they were both overmatched as rookies. If Gabbert can improve in a similar manner to Stafford he will have a nice career.

    Even if he was hurt I don’t understand why he didn’t just keep it to himself. It would be much more believable if he disclosed the injury after a great second year.

  21. babyhorsemorgan says:Apr 2, 2012 10:35 PM

    The average first round drafted QB over the past 10 years was 10th overall, where Gabbert was taken. His rookie numbers were superior to the average first round rookie QB’s in all respects. Plus he is the youngest in history to reach 13 and 14 starts at the position.

    Most of the anti Gabbert jabber seems to be coming from over at Retweeter World. With occasional input from The Nephew In The NFL Basement. It’s not justified, and will be proven so in the coming years.
    ———————————————–
    Stop it. Just stop it. A rookie quarterback from 10 years ago is not playing in the same NFL as a rookie quarterback the past few years. It was much, much more dificult on quarterbacks in general and rookie quarterbacks particularly 10, 9, 8, 7 or 6 years ago than today due to rule changes that protect quarterbacks and receivers more than back then.

    This season Gabbert was ranked 34th in the NFL in passer ratting and 34th in yards per attempts amongst QBs with enough passes to qualify. The only quarterback with a worst completion percentage than Gabbert’s 50.8% was Tim Tebow at 46.5. 148 passing yards per game was again only better than Tim Tebow’s 124. Besides that I and a number of folks on here actually watched some of the Jags games and Gabbert looked even worse than his woeful stats indicated. Sorry but being a slightly better passer than Tim Tebow in a passing league just doesn’t cut it for a 1st round draft pick. Maybe he gets better next year maybe not but make no mistake about it Gabbert’s play this past season was deserving of all the criticism that came with it.

  22. Poster- “odbj” is my hero in this thread. (See his/her post above.)

    Well done! Well stated!

    And I am a Raider Fan.

  23. Oh, so that’s the reason he looked incompetent, I was wondering what was causing that.

    This guy was routinely blasted for being scared of the pass rush.

  24. Gene Smith, a supposed professional, willingly chooses to go with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne at quarterback?
    Really? Those two guys give your team the best opportunity to win?

    What a dumpster fire of a front office. Its actually surprising Wayne Weaver found some one to buy this team.

  25. Oh so he had no off season well you can say the same for cam Newton rookie head coach Andy Dalton rookie oc who never called a play on the NFL level and both made the pro bowl so you can’t use that line anymore.

  26. Well at least we know he’s better than Kevin Kolb, who let his toe prevent him from seeing the Niners defense even ONCE this season!

  27. Well at least we know he’s tougher than Kevin Kolb, who let his toe prevent him from seeing the Niners defense even ONCE this season!

  28. He and Ponder were third round talents overdrafted due to the paranoia of not having a “franchise QB”. They will each be bagging groceries in three years.

  29. Blaine Gabbert is the worst quarterback I’ve ever seen play in the 20 years I’ve been watching football. There isn’t a single quarterback, rookie or not, that I’ve seen perform that badly week after week. He will never succeed. Henne knew what he was doing when he signed in Jax.

  30. “When the coaches say I’m doing fine, I trust their opinion because that’s the only one that matters.”

    lol! Yeah, this guy is not going to make it.

  31. Toe injury, the worst receivers in the league, a patchy offensive line, bad QB coaching, no ability to audible/sight adjust, wasn’t originally expected to start so he was thrown into the fire; Yet, that still isn’t enough to convince the haters, so yall go back to the ‘funny’ and ‘witty’ insults that you all regurgitate from the Nat’l media.

  32. The average first round drafted QB over the past 10 years was 10th overall, where Gabbert was taken. His rookie numbers were superior to the average first round rookie QB’s in all respects. Plus he is the youngest in history to reach 13 and 14 starts at the position.

    Most of the anti Gabbert jabber seems to be coming from over at Retweeter World. With occasional input from The Nephew In The NFL Basement. It’s not justified, and will be proven so in the coming years.

    ———-

    This is false. His rookie numbers were very meh to bad for a first round rookie of the last ten years. Excuses are one thing, but let’s not lie. His numbers were average to bad among ALL rookie QBs who qualified for passer rating since 1966. In the last 10 years, he sits at 11 of 17 for passer rating, with the second worst yards per attempt, third worst TD percentage, and second worst completion percentage. His only impressive number is a lack of INT percentage, but it’s not as if the ball is getting to his receiver. He’s only consistently better than one player – Joey Harrington, a man out of the league.

    He may have ultimately earned another year, but anyone who says he’s one of the worst rookies of the last ten years is accurate.

  33. Gotta live those Texans fans who finally had a small dose of success last year only b/c Manning was out. They are like the guy who lives in a trailer park that wins the lottery and now he’s buying handmade rugs from France.

    Gabbert will be just fine. He was in a bad situation last year. It’s funny how the talking heads have such short term memories and dont mention the facts when they want to get their point across.

  34. He had a pretty awful first year but on the bright side by going in the top ten he’s pretty well set.

  35. jl8698 says:Apr 2, 2012 11:35 PM

    Gabbert being a bust is no surprise to anyone who watched him in college. He initially committed to my ‘Huskers than changed to Missouri.

    ——————————————————
    You don’t think Gabbert decommitting from Nebraska had anything to do with the fact that you fired the head coach that recruited him?

  36. Some of you are just horrible human beings.

    – He was the youngest QB to start for as many games as he did.

    – He had no offseason to learn an NFL-styled offense.

    – He had a lame duck coaching staff (including, if I remember correctly, a receivers coach for a QB coach).

    – He had horrible, horrible receiver play.

    – And he had a minor lingering injury.

    That’s definitely the formula for success. He played poorly in his first year. Better cut him.

    Really? Have any of you even been 21 before?

    ——————

    Sorry I forgot Cam Newton, Ponder, Dalton, Locker all had it sooooooooo easy in their rookie years respectively.?

    Nobody is saying Gabbert is a BUST for sure yet …. but I watched him play 4 games …. and there were many circumstances in which there was nobody to blame but him and only him.

    and your right, I was 21 before and that guy should mos def should be getting blackout drunk & bar hop for chicks all night, not playing QB in the NFL for millions as a noticeable celebrity/public figure while everyone else can;t pay bills in this economy… I am soooo sorry.

    Poor Gabbert! booooooo f-ing huuuuuuu

    Throw a slant, you did it at mizzou, scrub.

  37. Jimmy Clausen was worse and its not even close. Gabbert is really Raw and needs a year or two behind a vet.

    His footwork is really sloppy and he did as much in a QB friendly Mizzou team where Chase Daniel put up significant numbers.

    Hard to believe this time last year most “Draft Experts” were touting him over Cam Newton and it wasn’t close to a few of them…you cannot measure SWAG…Gabbert has none…

  38. To all of the people who continuously compare Gabbert to Newton & Dalton; Newton has Steve freaking Smith, and one of the best TE duos of 2011 with Olsen, and Shockey. Dalton has the standout rookie AJ Green to throw to; Hell even Jerome Simpson (whos not on the roster anymore) had a better season than any of the Jags wideouts! Mike Thomas fell off the face of the Earth, and the usually reliable Marcedes ‘TD dropping’ Lewis pulled a Houdini and had an awful year in 2011; Who did Gabbert have to throw to in 2011??? *crickets* Yeah, I thought so!

  39. The man had a toe injury! For most of the year his toe was caught in his ear.

    Effected the way he could move in the pocket! Ever try to hop around on one leg?

    Hurt is accuracy. Go to the back yard and try to throw a football with your toe in your ear!

    Hurt his running! (See above).

    And hurt his ability to think. You think you could think with your toe in your ear?

    This year will be better. The only current injury is his throwing arm is up his but!

  40. I was hoping that bad protection from an awful offensive line kept him from playing well. Now that the toe injury made him cracked under pressure and blinded him from pocket presence, the Jags are really in trouble.

  41. Did you miss that part where gene and Mularkey both said that if tebow was a jag, he wouldn’t be here as a qb? Na then there wouldn’t be something to rip the jags about

  42. Mike, why are you so insecure? I made a comment saying that the word you first used “phalanxes” should be “phalanges”. So you heed my advice and then delete my comment? HAHHAHA!!!

    Well, dummy, you still haev “proximal” in your article. Let me ask you, do you have any clue as to which phalanx he injured? I didn’t read where they stipulated that it was proximal, distal, or middle. Have you?

  43. I think people will be suprised that Henne will beat out Gabbert.

    Dolphins have bad luck, so Henne will play well .He was playing well and was uncharacteristically very mobile before being hurt. The guy lead all qb’s in rushing yards and was #3 in nfl in plays over 25+ yards before injury, all with the #1 and #3 wr’s in drops.

  44. @sportsmeccabi How original. He’s lying because he seems scared and that he would have came out of the game. He didn’t seem to do that when he suffered bruised ribs against the Texans last year. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/30/gabbert-goes-down-in-houston/

    By the way, it’s not even a debate. Just look at the rookie seasons of John Elway, Eli Manning, Ryan Leaf, Troy Aikman, and Josh Freeman.Heck, you can even look at Mark Sanchez’s stats and they’ll look worse than Gabbert’s. By the way, since you seem to be such an expert on Gabbert, I wonder why you didn’t notice all of those drops by Marcedes Lewis, Mike Thomas, and Jason Hill? Or Guy Whimper getting his ass flattened by every blitzing defensive end? Or the fact that Gabbert was being coached by a guy who only had experience coaching wide receivers?

  45. @shadowflames43 – You change my statement, then say I’m not telling the truth. Nice trick. I was talking FIRST ROUND DRAFTED QBS over past 10 years. Not any different if you use 5 years.

    Average position drafted in round 1 is 10th overall, where Gabbert was taken. Blaine had more starts, more wins, more yards, more Tds, pretty much more of everything than the average first round QB in rookie season. That is TRUE, I crunched the numbers. Plus Blaine earned about HALF THE AVERAGE FIRST ROUND QB SALARY from previous seasons, due to CBA revision.

    How does he qualify as a flop or disappointment? He is still younger than nearly all the QBs coming out at the end of this month. Has a year of pro experience on them all. Handled the most difficult circumstances possible for a first year QB with style and class. His Wonderlic score was greater than the two QBs taken ahead of him COMBINED.

  46. People on the lower end of the IQ spectrum often repeat what they hear others saying in an attempt to sound smarter than they really are.

    And right now those people are bashing the youngest QB to ever start 14 games because that’s what they hear others doing on here and on talk radio.

    That’s why they spout out “jokes” about tarps and L.A. without bothering to look at the facts (no blackouts in two years – one of the largest stadiums in the leauge – really crappy team).

    Gabbert has the skill-set necessary to be a good QB in the league. Maybe not great, but good. But it’s impossible to judge him on one rookie season when he had -0- NFL caliber WRs and a TE who phoned it in year after getting his paycheck.

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