Mike Mularkey wants Blaine Gabbert to run more often

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The Jaguars return from their bye to face the Raiders this week and coach Mike Mularkey outlined one of the changes he wants to see from his 1-4 team.

Mularkey wants to see more scrambling from quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who has run 13 times for 42 yards in the first five games of the season. The coach doesn’t just want to see Gabbert running downfield when he scrambles, however. He also wants the quarterback to make plays with his arm outside of the pocket and said that the team will be working on it in practice in hopes of seeing it happen during games.

Either quarterbacks scramble to throw or a quarterback can scramble to run. Sometimes, you’ve just got to tell them even in practice out there, to run. Even in a seven-on-seven period we want him to scramble to throw or run,” Mularkey said, via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “We want to simulate a game as much as we can in practice, even in seven-on-seven. There are times to run so I would not discourage him from doing that. We’re trying to promote it a little more.”

The Jaguars might like the direction, but there hasn’t been a clear improvement in Gabbert’s play. The team ranks last in the league in net yards per passing attempt at 4.4, which is only an incremental increase over last year’s league-worst figure of 4.2. Given the way things have been working, there’s not much downside to having Gabbert try different ways to make plays.

10 responses to “Mike Mularkey wants Blaine Gabbert to run more often

  1. “We want him to run more often, ” said Mularkey, “because that means he isn’t passing, and we really, really, really, really, really don’t need to see Blaine Gabbert try to throw the ball anymore.”

  2. So, does this mean Mularkey is finally admitting he made a mistake when he told JP Losman *not* to run behind an offensive line that gave their QB 1.5 seconds to unload the ball?

  3. well I mean our GM said we need more talent even though he is responsible for drafting players. whose the next big thing in Division II football this year? go get them Gene!!!

  4. The Raiders suck and overall are the most pathetic organization in the NFL. So at least we have a chance. Go Jags!!!

  5. Someone needs to point out to Gene Smith, (or better yet, Shad Khan), that Mularkey essentially switched teams with Dirk Koetter. The Falcons are undefeated and their offense is the best in the league with Koetter as OC. Jags have one win and the worst offense in the league under Mularkey/Bratkowski who came from Atlanta.

  6. @thegreatgabbert …compare apples to apples…last year Koetter had Mike Thomas (really), Marcedes Lewis (where did he go), and a 21 year old Blaine Gabbert (verdict still out). Now this year Koetter has, Roddy White, Tony Gonzales, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan. A little bit of difference and quality of player. Wouldn’t you say?

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