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So far, Gabbert doesn’t look ready for a leap

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are reeling, and increasingly injured. And the new head coach has never even met the best player on the team. To be kind, the Jaguars’ season is off to a dysfunctional start.

There is a quick fix for all of this, though, and we’ve alluded to it before. And conveniently, the guy who can do it is already on the roster. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert can elevate the Jaguars’ 2012 performance if he takes a big leap in year two of his NFL career. Gabbert is the key to Jacksonville’s season.

According to ESPN.com AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, however, Gabbert’s practice-field performance suggests he is not ready for that sophomore leap.

Kuharsky was in attendance for Tuesday’s practice, and wrote that Gabbert “didn’t look like a guy who’s made the big jump.” While Kuharsky guessed that Gabbert’s footwork has improved, the quarterback’s lingering accuracy woes were more noticeable.

“You watch it and don’t understand how it still happens,” Kuharsky wrote. “… I didn’t come away from this morning session feeling like he was much more effective than the last time I saw him.”

Accuracy and an utter lack of pocket composure were Gabbert’s primary downfalls during one of the worst rookie seasons by a quarterback in league history. It doesn’t sound like he’s corrected the accuracy flaw. We’ll know in Week One whether he’s overcome the pocket fear.

The Jaguars face Jared Allen’s Vikings in the season opener.

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63 Responses to “So far, Gabbert doesn’t look ready for a leap”
  1. pwndabeer says: Aug 1, 2012 9:28 AM

    i wonder if the jag’s current situation is making experts rethink their listing of the browns pre-pre-season power ranking as number 32…

  2. joetoronto says: Aug 1, 2012 9:29 AM

    Not having MJD back there is gonna make things allot worse for Gabbert.

    That’s just a fact.

    Defenses were thinking run first before, not now.

  3. barleymark says: Aug 1, 2012 9:30 AM

    Evan, you’re a disgrace. Tell us again how good Christian Ponder has looked in Vikings camp.

  4. joeinoh says: Aug 1, 2012 9:32 AM

    Cleveland will GIVE you Seneca Wallace.

  5. bucrightoff says: Aug 1, 2012 9:32 AM

    With the first selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select….

  6. rmzthefirst says: Aug 1, 2012 9:33 AM

    Okay…. Any more bashing…. Geez can we just eliminate the Jaguars from the league..? Give us all break, bash, bash, bash…..!

  7. newmarketmaulers says: Aug 1, 2012 9:33 AM

    Think the highlight of this guys’ career might be his goldilocks on display in the Green Room before he was drafted.

  8. blainegabbert says: Aug 1, 2012 9:34 AM

    I thought I could fool you with my new haircut…

    I’m horrible.

    (._. )

  9. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 1, 2012 9:34 AM

    Jags fans have a lot to be excited about. This is gonna be an thrilling race down the stretch for the #1 pick in next years draft. Don’t get me wrong, the Browns are bad too. But, I think the Jags are just a little bit worse than them and should snag that top pick. Start looking for homes in Florida, Matt Barkley.

  10. tblitz25 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:37 AM

    NFL Pundits – “Safer and more Pro ready than Cam Newton”
    -Circa 2011

  11. schmitty2 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:39 AM

    Jags fans on here are becoming about as whiny as Lions fans. If there are negative things to report (I.E.-star RB holding out, rookie WR busted for DUI etc) then it gets reported. Deal with it!

  12. gsthebest says: Aug 1, 2012 9:40 AM

    I have to place blame on the coaching staff for not working with this young QB during the off season.

    It’s not like last season when there was a lockout and players and coaches couldnt communicate.

    If this organization believes in this young man to be their “franchise” QB why not work on his weaknesses????

    This is why I’m thinking 2-14 this season for the Jags!

  13. jagsfan1 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:42 AM

    But if you read the Jags beat writer’s impression of the very same practice on jaguars.com – you get a different story on how he does look improved.

  14. cheapseater says: Aug 1, 2012 9:47 AM

    Bad timing, too, because the defense is as good as it has been in a long, long time.

  15. rajbais says: Aug 1, 2012 9:47 AM

    I hate to say this, but they should sign McNabb. If Henne was fragile in Miami and Gabbert plays scared the Jags should just get #5!

    If not, the team should trade for Joe Webb because either QB is better for you when your team went out to get WRs.

    Gabbert is the wuss version of Ryan Leaf!!! Matt Leinart might have a weak arm and throw short passes, but he at least has looked better than Gabbert ever could!!! Leinart will play well if you support him like how Denny Green and Greg Knapp did!!!

    His one and only 2011 game (ironically against the Jags) was better than any one of Gabbert’s games and with enough arm strength it is inexcusable for Gabbert to not throw deep!!! This was the case in college and it’s gotten worse in the pros!!! People talk about certain wide receivers having fear going across the middle, Gabbert has fear in striking!!!

  16. swagjag says: Aug 1, 2012 9:49 AM

    He was 14 for 21 and playing with one starting O lineman (Eben Britton) going against the #1s. Not sure what Kuharsky is seeing. Is he Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers? No. But he looked fine. But hey.. keep piling on. You can keep calling him Timmy Lupus all you want. The regular season will be here soon enough.

  17. ocon171 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:49 AM

    As a very loyal jags fan I say…fire gene smith and here comes another high draft pick. I’ll still be here cheering but not with great expectations

  18. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:49 AM

    They had a chance to get Tebow and didnt. Anyone actually think that getting Tebow wouldnt have been an upgrade?

  19. larrydavidstern says: Aug 1, 2012 9:51 AM

    Their dysfunctional start began with the hiring of Mike Mularkey. Wake me in 3 years when they have a new coach, a new QB, and are playing in L.A.

  20. bigzant82 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:52 AM

    umm translation from the HC:
    he’s not my QB that i want he’s the last HC’s QB selection so possibly they will tank this season to get high pick to get mr. barkeley LMAO well JAGs fans u know how the browns fans feel now

  21. indywilson40 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:54 AM

    Gabbert is better suited to be a cheerleader than a Quarterback. I’ll bet some of the cheerleaders are tougher than he is.

  22. jagwired32 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:55 AM

    Let’s see… Going up against a top 5 defense in practice, first day in pads, learning a new system, first day of real pass blocking that was allowed by CBA rules, (I could go on and on) and we’re already proclaiming that he’ll have another terrible year? Laughable. From all of the live tweets at practice, fans couldn’t be more impressed with his progression. Yesterday in 11 on 11 live practice, he threw a back shoulder throw and touchdown to Laurent Robinson in the back of the endzone that was compared to the way elite quarterbacks do it. Also here’s a quote you forgot to put in from Paul’s artilcle:

    “The best throw of the practice covered about 25 yards: A Gabbert-to-Robinson connection up the left side fit beautifully between converging defensive backs. If we see more of that, there will be cause for encouragement.”

  23. emma333 says: Aug 1, 2012 9:56 AM

    As a Jaguars fan, I am really starting to enjoy the massive negativity of the national media. See, Gabbert is improving, the defense has been reported to be championship caliber, and Kuharsky just reported that they might be fine with MJD out and Jennings in. But this not getting reported nationally is a good thing. Keep pouring on the Blackmon holdout, QB woes, team reeling…then lets wait and see.

  24. shackdelrio says: Aug 1, 2012 10:01 AM

    Bucky Brooks from NFL Network was actually in Jacksonville (unlike Evan Silva) and he said this:

    Bucky Brooks ‏@BuckyBrooks.@NFL Spent time at #Jaguars camp earlier this week. Here are a few thoughts: 1. Defense is championship caliber. 2. Gabbert has improved

    Surprisingly, that didn’t make it on to this site.

  25. phinfan says: Aug 1, 2012 10:03 AM

    Chad Henne has this job in the bag.

  26. mnomalley says: Aug 1, 2012 10:09 AM

    I tell ya, these Jags are in real trouble week 1 when they visit the Dome. Ponders talent level greatly exceeds Gabberts.

  27. beastup22 says: Aug 1, 2012 10:16 AM

    I thought he was supposed to be better than Cam. His agent must have cut a huge check to kiper and mini kiper, because they couldn’t have watched his game tape. I watched 3 games and didn’t even think he was worth a 4th round pick. He can’t even hold Chase Mcdaniels jock, how the hell did he get so high on draft boards?

  28. steelers4385 says: Aug 1, 2012 10:18 AM

    He sucks. Every single guy that comes out of draft isnt a win. Some guys just are not good. And he is one of them.

  29. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 1, 2012 10:19 AM

    I disagree completely. I think Blaine Gabbert is ready for a leap … right into the St. Johns River.

  30. gmsalpha says: Aug 1, 2012 10:20 AM

    There are Hall of Famers, Pro Bowlers, Starters, Journeymen, Career Backups, Busts, and then there are the Gabberts.

    I’m sorry for your loss, Jacksonville.

  31. blackshirtz says: Aug 1, 2012 10:25 AM

    I am increasingly happy that the Redskins showed restraint and passed on Gabbert!

  32. hrudey says: Aug 1, 2012 10:29 AM

    Gosh, if only the Jaguars had practiced more than the one awful day or if anyone other than Kuharsky had seen yesterday’s practice. But of course, Gabbert going 14-21 yesterday doesn’t make for an easy or interesting story, so nobody bothers to report on that. The linked post where the Jaguars were “reeling” was one bad day after two good ones – and Laurent Robinson came out the next practice and looked quite good indeed.

    Wake me up when the preseason games start, so everyone can see what’s going on and make decisions based on actual observations, rather than cherry-picking the practice observations that fit their agenda.

  33. prince5000 says: Aug 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    they picked him over Ponder, Dalton, Kaepernick, and Mallett. and with the tenth overall pick.

  34. eleventyeight says: Aug 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    Every day two stories on here about how terrible the Jags/Gabbert are?

    I don’t care much for the Jags, but that’s getting ridiculous.

  35. cleveland1980 says: Aug 1, 2012 10:48 AM

    Blaine Gabbert = Jimmy Clausen = Trent Edwards = Brady Quinn = Matt Leinart = Tim Couch = Cade McNown…..and so on. BUST.

  36. bobward2770 says: Aug 1, 2012 10:54 AM

    I can tell you what’s going to happen right now…Jags finish last in NFL…get first pick in April draft…Take Matt Barkley of USC…BTW Jags will move to LA and play in the Rose bowl for a year while General Motors Field at Verizon Stadium is built. Harsh? maybe a little, but accurate.

  37. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 1, 2012 10:57 AM

    Gabbert is a joke. Maybe the Jags can get their 3rd round punter to play QB this season? LOL

  38. ahostiletakeover says: Aug 1, 2012 10:59 AM

    I still laugh at that draft, so many teams reaching at the top of the draft for average QB prospects. Can’t really blame them since they didn’t really have other options, but I can still chuckle about overvaluing to the largest degree based on need.

  39. realfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2012 11:04 AM

    He can’t play. You can’t fix somebody being scared of the rush, just ask Jim Everett after his first few years in the league.

    Gees, many of us who actually watched him at Missouri said this leading up to last year’s draft and were wondering what Mayock and others wre smoking to rate him so high. Or who was paying them to rate him so highly might be the better question.

  40. bcb1999 says: Aug 1, 2012 11:10 AM

    And, from this morning’s practice, suddenly Gabbert looked terrific and had good chemistry with Robinson.

    Let’s get to some actual games before we decide the guy hasn’t improved, eh?

  41. brenenostler says: Aug 1, 2012 11:19 AM

    Well on the bright side, he doesn’t look like a stoner anymore. I guess that’s the first step to making a leap.

  42. pftfannum1 says: Aug 1, 2012 11:33 AM

    The NFL should reduce the length of camp down to two days since that is all the pundits and fans need to evaluate talents.

  43. jaggator07 says: Aug 1, 2012 11:37 AM

    What else is new??? It’s all crap though.. There is rarely substance in any of the articles about the jags because analysts don’t know what the they are talking about half the time.. More than half of the so called experts have picked us to have a worst record than last year.. Why exactly??? Blaine finally has a full
    Offseason under a more basic offense for him. Complete new receiving core including the best one in the draft (as long as he gets his act together and signs already). Mjd will report eventually and if i remember right he was the best back in the league last year.. 6th best defense is back and healthier than ever. Yeah that’s right makes sense we are gonna have a worst record than last year. Pshhh! What a crock! it’s a week into training camp and we have a brand new coaching staff. I would imagine any other team in our situation it would take more than a week to mesh.. Jeez all you haters man. It’s one week of training camp!!! Give me a break. Just wait the Jags are gonna surprise everyone this season.. Then all of you haters can shut your mouth…

  44. shackdelrio says: Aug 1, 2012 11:41 AM

    “bobward2770 says:
    Aug 1, 2012 10:54 AM
    I can tell you what’s going to happen right now…Jags finish last in NFL…get first pick in April draft…Take Matt Barkley of USC…BTW Jags will move to LA and play in the Rose bowl for a year while General Motors Field at Verizon Stadium is built. Harsh? maybe a little, but accurate.”

    That stadium is across from the unicorn farm, right? All sounds very realistic.

  45. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Aug 1, 2012 11:47 AM

    barleymark says:
    Aug 1, 2012 9:30 AM
    Evan, you’re a disgrace. Tell us again how good Christian Ponder has looked in Vikings camp.
    ———————————————
    Well he went 38-51 in the first 4 days which is 74% with his highest amount of incomplete passes in a day being 5, so pretty good.

  46. elmaxoh says: Aug 1, 2012 12:10 PM

    How in the world is he supposed to be good with no #1 WR and no running game ? You can’t say he’s a bust after ONE season and one semi-training camp .

  47. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 1, 2012 12:18 PM

    @ bobward

    Unfortunately for NFL fans living in Jacksonville, the Jags arent going anywhere anytime soon. Thats just the reality of it. They are locked in here for about another 18 years, unless of course they can prove the team has lost money for 3 consecutive years. LOL

  48. elgatojaguar says: Aug 1, 2012 12:24 PM

    It’s the NFL. Everything will be decided on the field on Sundays. As a Jaguars fan since day 1, I can’t wait for the season to start. I got news you won’t see in the national media. The Jaguars are going to win games. We may not make the playoffs but I won’t be surprised when we do. I am predicting a complete flip of the record. Jaguars will go 11 and 5. Top 5 defense, improved passing offense (Blaine Gabbert will make believers out of the “experts”) and a run game that pounds the rock to put teams away with or without Mojo. Watch out Patriots, we’re coming for you.

  49. harv44 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:01 PM

    Matt Barkley…… welcome to Jacksonville. This team won’t win 4 games this year.

  50. dspyank2k11 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:08 PM

    This is shocking! Wasnt the guy originally a 3rd round pick until the Jags bit on him WAAAAAY too early?

    Had the Bills signed him, Buffalo would have been torn to the ground.

  51. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:08 PM

    Gabbert makes vince young look like peyton manning

  52. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 1, 2012 1:52 PM

    elgatojaguar says:
    Aug 1, 2012 12:24 PM
    It’s the NFL. Everything will be decided on the field on Sundays. As a Jaguars fan since day 1, I can’t wait for the season to start. I got news you won’t see in the national media. The Jaguars are going to win games. We may not make the playoffs but I won’t be surprised when we do. I am predicting a complete flip of the record. Jaguars will go 11 and 5. Top 5 defense, improved passing offense (Blaine Gabbert will make believers out of the “experts”) and a run game that pounds the rock to put teams away with or without Mojo. Watch out Patriots, we’re coming for you.

    ———————————————–

    Watch out, the men in white jackets are coming for you. LOL at all of you Jaguar fans hanging your hat on your top 5 defense and acting like last season didn’t happen at all. Gabbert was completely lost, and 1/4 of your games were played against the offensive juggernauts of the Colts and Titans. 11-5? Hey, I guess whatever gives you hope from moving thousands of miles down I-10.

  53. granadafan says: Aug 1, 2012 1:54 PM

    As the legendary David Hasselhoff once mumbled, “Thisssss is a mess”.

  54. alphaq2 says: Aug 1, 2012 1:57 PM

    Talk about getting thrown to the wolves. Poor bastard got no blocking last year and was throwing to DB’s who had no idea how to run routes. Is he at least getting to throw to WR’s in camp?

  55. mannyicey says: Aug 1, 2012 1:58 PM

    Wow! I’m so surprised!

    When Tim Tebow was traded to the Jets, I told you all that the Jaguars are “California Dreamin.” I said that if they wanted to stay in Jacksonville, they would have gotten Tebow, filled the stadium with fans and maybe even make the playoffs. With MJD in the backfield, they would have contended.

    Oh, but everyone was talking to me about how Gabbert’s the man and how he’s going to improve so much with a new offensive coordinator. I told you all then that he just doesn’t have it. Gabbert hasn’t improved since his 2nd year at Mizzou. But people kept the faith and talked about how Gabbert is going to be so much better than Tebow.

    But this is no surprise, because the Jaguars doesn’t want to win. They want to move. Stink and Move!

  56. therillest says: Aug 1, 2012 2:11 PM

    Winning starts at the top and the top man making football decisions is Gene Smith AKA Matt Millen 2.0

    Real Jaguar fans know the truth so none of this comes as a shock to us….

  57. jaggator07 says: Aug 1, 2012 2:15 PM

    Mannyicey you don’t bring anything to this conversation. If you are going to comment on here please make sense and get your facts right. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Sry if it comes off harsh but I’m just being honest..

  58. 4evrnyt says: Aug 1, 2012 2:34 PM

    Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Alex Smith, Steve Deberg all had worse rookie seasons then Gabbert.

    The talent around him not just on the field but on the sidelines and in the front office needs to be given serious consideration when thinking about the development and play of Gabbert.

  59. huskylawyer says: Aug 1, 2012 2:37 PM

    Todd McShay at ESPN thought Gabbert should have been the #1 pick over Newton. Maybe not…

  60. jvillejags says: Aug 1, 2012 2:58 PM

    Wow, what a great reporting job on another reporters observations….what a hack!

  61. covercorner says: Aug 1, 2012 4:14 PM

    The Jags should have traded for Tim Tewbow. He may not be accurate, but he’s no coward.

  62. fbnetjunky says: Aug 1, 2012 6:26 PM

    I see what’s going on here. The national media is telling everyone how bad Gabbert looks, and how the Jags are “reeling”, but the a few weeks into the season, when the Jags are actually winning games the “shouldn’t” be winning they will have a huge story to talk about.
    Have faith Jag fans. I have been to several practices, and I going again tomorrow and to the scrimmage friday night. I have seen nothing but improvement out of #11.
    GO JAGS!

  63. mannyicey says: Aug 5, 2012 11:04 AM

    LOL, Jaggator07!

    I know that the truth hurts. If I was a Jaguars fan, I would really be upset. But this is the business in the NFL. That’s why your owner bought the team- to move it to a much bigger market- notably LA.

    I would LOVE to be wrong, but if you look at everything objectively, it all points out to the franchise moving. The owners will make his returns much faster in LA.

    I feel for you Jaguars fans. I really do. I actually like for North Florida to have a football team. But just think about it: If the owners were really interested in North and Middle Florida football, wouldn’t they go all out of their way to get the local football hero quarterback, fresh from winning a playoff game- with all of the hype in the world; to come to your team… even if it was to sell tickets, jerseys and put Jaguar football as one of the hottest tickets in the NFL?

    So why isn’t Tebow playing quarterback? Because Gabbert’s so much better? That Gabbert’s a winner? Really?

    But don’t listen to me. Go ahead and vote thumbs down for this post, too. Hold out all hopes that what I am saying is wrong. I mean, that’s what fans do.

    But I’m not a fan. And I don’t hate the Jaguars either. I’m indifferent. Therefore, I’m looking at this whole issue with my head and not my heart.

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