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Jags OC says conservative plan no knock on Gabbert

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Apparently it was the Jaguars’ shaky offensive line, and not their shaky quarterback, that caused them to call plays the way they did.

Jags offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski didn’t apologize too much for what could be construed as a lack of faith in Blaine Gabbert, however, because they didn’t turn it over and they won on the road.

Still missing a pair of injured starters up front, the Jags ran the ball 32 times, Gabbert attempted just 21 passes, and more than half of his passing yards for the game (155) came on his final attempt, an 80-yard game-winning touchdown to Cecil Shorts.

We were a little concerned about the protection,’” Bratkowski said, via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “We were having protection issues. We didn’t want to have a sack-fumble, those types of things. We played it a little conservative. It was nothing more than we wanted to make sure we didn’t get a turnover. We wanted to play good field position football. . . .

“In hindsight, I’m sure I’ll look back and think we probably should have thrown it here and there. But at the end of the day, we came away with a no-turnover game. That was a very solid thing for us. It allowed us to stay in the game.’’

They also ran on a third down in their own territory with in the last two minutes, then punted, rather than give Gabbert a chance to lose the game with a turnover. Head coach Mike Mularkey said the objective was to make the Colts burn a timeout.

They insisted it wasn’t a lack of faith in their second-year quarterback, but it doesn’t really matter.

Call it whatever you want, but the Jaguars are smart to limit Gabbert’s opportunities. Those who were there said he had a much better training camp, and looked like a different guy than the gun-shy rookie of a year ago.

But they’re not going to win many games if he’s dropping back 40 times a game. They’re probably not going to win many games regardless, but against the Colts, the clutch-and-grab strategy was effective.

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11 Responses to “Jags OC says conservative plan no knock on Gabbert”
  1. jagsfan1 says: Sep 24, 2012 9:25 AM

    Bottom line is our offfense is still pathetic…and after watching Gabbert all of last year and so far this year – most of passing game blame should not fall on him – it should go to receivers.

    Amazing how many dropped passes every game on 10 and 15 yrd plays that would be chain movers and confidence/yardage builders.

    Gabbert does need to get better – but these receivers on the whole are horrible. At least Cecil Shorts stepped up to make a play…but usually they don’t.

  2. shackdelrio says: Sep 24, 2012 9:34 AM

    They are playing a third string right tackle and an undrafted rookie at left guard. The offensive line has been awful so far this year outisde of Eugene Monroe. Hopefully Eben Britton comes back this week and can get Guy Whimper off the field.

  3. toneneo says: Sep 24, 2012 9:53 AM

    Thank you OC for clearing this up. I knew it wasn’t Gabby by his playcalls. O line musical chairs is #1. The #2 is the WRs. The 2 starters haven’t played up to their potential. Robinson & Blackmon have been tightly covered and dropping passes. Poor route running by both too. Justin gets a slight pass because he’s adjusting to speed of game. Justin is where Shorts was last year. #3 the OC will slowly but surely take the training wheels of Gabbert once these “other” areas improve.

  4. joetoronto says: Sep 24, 2012 9:59 AM

    “In hindsight, I’m sure I’ll look back and think we probably should have thrown it here and there. But at the end of the day, we came away with a no-turnover game. That was a very solid thing for us. It allowed us to stay in the game.’’

    This says it all, about Gabbert and about the Jags.

    There’s holes all over the roster, but they remain 28 million under the cap.

    SMH.

  5. headonaswivel says: Sep 24, 2012 10:43 AM

    Gabbert was awful last year and awful, so far, this year. I suppose we should just chalk it up to the o-line and receivers every year huh?

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 24, 2012 11:07 AM

    Gabbert has 4 Tds, 0 Int, so far this year. He and Christian Ponder are the only two starters who haven’t thrown a pick so far, surprisingly enough. Cam Newton has 2 Tds, 5 Int.

    Blaine has a whole new set of receivers to deal with also. His number one guy, Robinson, was on waivers this time a year ago. Blackmon is a rookie who missed training camp, and is really overrated as well. Go to guys at the end of the game were small school late round/UDFA types Shorts and Elliot.

  7. jaystus says: Sep 24, 2012 11:09 AM

    But he is 3-0 against the Colts. He might have the same record against the colts that manning had against the Jags.

  8. akzane says: Sep 24, 2012 11:09 AM

    Hey look everyone its joetoronto making his regular appearance to bash the jags. I love that you hate the jags so much and feel that you have to make a negative comment on every jags article written. Wonder why that is? Did the team gangbang your mom, wife or sister and this is your way at getting back? Look forward to seeing you on the next article joe!

  9. joetoronto says: Sep 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Sep 24, 2012 11:07 AM
    Gabbert has 4 Tds, 0 Int, so far this year. He and Christian Ponder are the only two starters who haven’t thrown a pick so far, surprisingly enough.
    ***************************************************
    This is the only thing Ponder and Gabbert have in common, Ponder is light-years ahead of Gabbert.

    aksane: You didn’t have to wait until the next article, fruitcake.

  10. jagsandliquor says: Sep 24, 2012 5:04 PM

    Hey, I hate joetoronto more than anyone else….but eventually we got to stop making excuses for gabbert….i did not like the way he played yesterday, but i will take the touchdown pass

  11. i10east says: Sep 24, 2012 5:05 PM

    The Jags haters seriously need to get a life. How come yall haters always say that “we don’t matter”. Well if the Jags don’t matter, why the persistent hate all of the time?

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