Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says there is no quarterback competition in Jacksonville and the starting job belongs to Blaine Gabbert. But not everyone in the organization believes him.
Don Banks of SI.com reports that there are people inside the Jaguars organization who believe that Chad Henne will beat Gabbert out in training camp and be declared the starter by late August.
Mularkey’s denials aside, it’s not at all hard to envision that happening. Henne wasn’t a great quarterback in his four seasons with the Dolphins, but he was a lot better than Gabbert was last year with the Jaguars. Gabbert didn’t look ready to be an NFL quarterback last year, and if he doesn’t look ready to be an NFL quarterback in training camp, Mularkey won’t start him.
The reality is that when a coach declares a player the undisputed starter in May, that means nothing in August. Gabbert is the starter now, but he’s not guaranteed anything.