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Gabbert expects the Jaguars to have a “fun” quarterback competition

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Blaine Gabbert knows it’s no guarantee that he’ll be the choice of new coach Gus Bradley and his staff when it’s time to name the Jaguars’ Week One starting quarterback. But Gabbert thinks he’ll enjoy the process.

Gabbert told the Florida Times-Union that he fully expects to have a quarterback competition this summer, and that he thinks it will be a good experience.

“The best guy is going to win,” Gabbert said. “That’s why this sport is so intriguing to people and so fun to be a part of. The competition is daily. Every practice will be a mini-game. You need to put your best foot forward regardless of the situation. That uncomfortable feeling is a good feeling and that’s why good teams are successful — because they have that competition.
“It’s going to be a blast.”

At the moment, the Jaguars have two quarterbacks, Gabbert and Chad Henne. They will surely add at least one more, likely in the draft. At the moment, Gabbert would appear to be the favorite to open the season as the starter, and he expects to have fun proving that he deserves to be the starter.

It will be significantly less fun for Gabbert if he opens the season holding a clipboard.

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31 Responses to “Gabbert expects the Jaguars to have a “fun” quarterback competition”
  1. razzlejag says: Mar 31, 2013 10:55 AM

    C’mon Blaine, shock the world.

  2. themagicman1223 says: Mar 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    I don’t know but I think Gabbert can be a winning QB in this league. He’s still young and showed alot of improvement last year from his rookie season.

  3. rodge1 says: Mar 31, 2013 11:11 AM

    He’s right, It will be fun to laugh at.

  4. MichaelWrites says: Mar 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    It’s been a very long time since anyone used “Jacksonville Jaguars” and “fun” in the same sentence.

  5. kopr11 says: Mar 31, 2013 11:27 AM

    I hope the Jags pass on Geno at #2 and instead get Matt Scott or Nassib later, in rd 2-3.

  6. ssraebel says: Mar 31, 2013 11:28 AM

    Blaine stinks and the smart thing would be to cut him. We have already seen much better QB’s cut from teams this offseason. Blaine will never be as good as Fitzpatrick and he was cut. Why should Blaine get a 3rd year to hurt the teams improvement with a new coach and GM? Lets draft somebody new and move on. Blaine was drafted by Gene Smith after all and Gene didn’t exactly have an eye for talent.

  7. gator2006 says: Mar 31, 2013 11:30 AM

    That’s the best answer he can give. I like the attitude.

  8. helloanybodyhome says: Mar 31, 2013 11:34 AM

    Don’t know how fun it will be, unless he is just competing against Henne

  9. aldavis4president says: Mar 31, 2013 11:57 AM

    The jags got an elite RB and IMHO shorts,Robinso and Blackman iz top10 wr corps in the league! ..I THINK Blaine might be able to make some big strides this year with all those weapons on offense..he’s young and has the right attitude..should be fun watching him and henne duke it out. They need to trade down a bit and get multiple playmakers on D…Dion Jordan early or if they trade way down bjion werener from FSU ..jags will be interesting to watch this season

  10. MichaelWrites says: Mar 31, 2013 11:58 AM

    And he’ll have fun fun fun when Bradley takes his clipboard away.

  11. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 31, 2013 12:01 PM

    Fun, hard work, and compete… The foundation and principals the Pete Carroll instilled into the Seahawks organization and it’s the reason he is as able to develop later talents into studs and pro bowl players.

    He will be successful with this mato as long as he seriously allows the competition aspect. That’s how a 3rd round rookie beat out a highly touted free agent, that’s how some oversized Canadian football league and college wide receiver BECAME pro bowl corners.

    Give guys a shot to earn it and stay true to it, develop competition and it pushes them daily. This will work, people hated Pete Carroll for it but his methods for over a decade has been more successful than any coach in that time span.

    Gus is an awesome coach he’ll getr done!

  12. 4thqtrsaint says: Mar 31, 2013 12:16 PM

    Actually, the good teams don’t have competition at the QB spot.

  13. therealpittbull says: Mar 31, 2013 12:29 PM

    What other logically correct answer is Gabbert supposed to give? Enough cliche setups, and ask the tough questions. Let’s start with, why are you in the league, robbing these owners of their money?

  14. Getoffmylawn! says: Mar 31, 2013 12:52 PM

    “It’s been a very long time since anyone used “Jacksonville Jaguars” and “fun” in the same sentence.”

    There are 31 teams that say that all the time!

  15. iansmith559 says: Mar 31, 2013 1:27 PM

    I guess watching other QB take the punishment he did probably is FUN to watch!!!

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 31, 2013 2:27 PM

    Gabbert has more potential than any quarterback in the league. More than any not yet in the league as well. He landed in a tough situation, but hasn’t let it get him down. He finished last season with better completion rate, and/or passer rating, than a handful of higher drafted guys in the past four years. Luck, Tannehill, Newton, Locker, Sanchez. Right behind Bradford and Stafford, two of the others. Blaine is younger than all of them as well.

    Only guy clearly ahead of him was Griffin, and his playing style won’t last. League will catch up with the guys that depend on their legs pretty quickly. It always has. Gabbert is as good an athlete as any at the position, but he is smart enough to know that it isn’t in his best interest to run.

  17. billyjaguar says: Mar 31, 2013 3:10 PM

    He will be benched by week 8. Bet on it.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 31, 2013 3:11 PM

    No different for Blaine this year than his first two seasons. Or his college years. He has to be the best quarterback on the field to be the starter. As a rookie he beat out Garrard and McCown, both of whom are still in the league with other teams. As a second year player he beat out Henne and others. He wasn’t “handed” the job then “lost” it. He won fair and square and kept it until suffering the nerve damage in his forearm last season which prevented him from gripping the football. He was playing the best football of his career at that point, and the easy half of the Jaguar’s shedule was in front of him. With the rest of the offense finally grasping the complex system which Mularkey and Bratkowski were trying to install. His numbers would have been in the top half of the league over the full season if he’d been able to play it out. Even with the damaged left shoulder.

  19. wolff111 says: Mar 31, 2013 3:20 PM

    teams are successful because they have the proper QB’s Blaine and you’re not one!

  20. JSpicoli says: Mar 31, 2013 3:36 PM

    He then blamed Bush.

  21. ssraebel says: Mar 31, 2013 3:43 PM

    Thegreatgabbert what world do you live in?

    And whomever gave me thumbs down to my earlier post, please feel free to trade us for Gabbert. I would love almost amy other QB in the league over Gabbert. His one yard passes to the RB’s and his last in yards per attempt and per game I have had enough of. 7th round pick anyone? Yea I thought so. None of you want him either.

    He will be a backup for somebody soon enough and out of the league in 2 or 3 years. It is tough to play in the NFL when you are afraid to take a hit like Blane is.

    Gabbert stinks and me sitting in the stands the past two years watching the train wreck gives me a lot more credence than some of you on here. He is horrible.

  22. phinfan says: Mar 31, 2013 3:53 PM

    Same the fan base some misery and put Chad at starter week one. At least he will take them to 7-8 wins. But… like in miami… thats the best he can do.

  23. Obama's Ballsack says: Mar 31, 2013 3:55 PM

    I rather put money on a three legged racing horse than bet on Gabbert to win a game.

  24. immafubared says: Mar 31, 2013 4:25 PM

    Yes like last year the Jacksonville Circus will be in town and the QB’s get to toss baseballs are milk bottles, eat cotten candy and guess who weighs the most. They love training camp.

  25. immafubared says: Mar 31, 2013 4:26 PM

    Get if over with. Its Tebow time you idiots. Get Tebow. Get him now. He will save this team.

  26. todaysfishandchips says: Mar 31, 2013 6:36 PM

    It will be fun… until he gets cut.

  27. bryantrulen says: Apr 1, 2013 12:01 AM

    Blaine was put in a tough spot this year, the Indy game late in the year he outplayed andrew luck in the first half…and had mutliple drops…he is almost as talented as Stafford as far as Arm Talent

  28. goatcheez says: Apr 1, 2013 3:06 AM

    Blaine has some critical flaws. He improved his footwork and his willingness to stick in the pocket last year. But that latter improvement ended up costing him a trip to the IR, and a torn labrum before that. But that’s on the OL and possibly the OC too. Still… he lacks legitimate feel for pressure . Only game I’ve seen him look like an NFL QB in that aspect as the Green Bay game. Which made me think, “Oh wow, maybe this kid can improve.” Then he returned to his old self. Only way I can see this guy developing is like Alex Smith. 5 years or so and he finally becomes an okay QB. He still lacks the ability to work over the middle of the field (the opposite of Henne, who can work the middle but can’t work the outside like Gabbert.) That’s too long to wait for me, If I’m Caldwell and I like Geno, I go with him at 2, if not, I go with Dysert, Wilson, Nassib, or hell even Manuel later. I bet JAX brings in a top notch UDFA QB too.

  29. livepredictor says: Apr 1, 2013 4:12 AM

    I like what Michael posted…”FUN” is not a word you here when talking about The Jaguars that last few seasons.

  30. joetoronto says: Apr 1, 2013 4:32 AM

    I’m convinced that “thegreatgabbert” is Blaine Gabbert, he must be.

    No one can honestly be that blind.

    The first step for the Jags is to realize they have a problem.

    Until then, nothing will change.

  31. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 1, 2013 11:10 PM

    Ye if it’s just Henne it will be a blast but if the Jags actually bring in a real QB it may not be much of a blast any more for Gabbert.

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