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Jags G.M.: Kafka has a chance to win starting job

Mike Kafka AP

In case you were wondering how the league’s feeblest quarterback competition was going, consider this.

Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell was asked to assess the chances of Mike Kafka, who was claimed off waivers this week from the Patriots, and hasn’t taken a snap of work in team drills with his new club yet.

He replied that Kafka had “just as good an opportunity” to win the starting job as Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne or undrafted rookie Matt Scott, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com.

While that’s a recognition that the 25-year-old Kafka has some skills, it’s also a tacit admission that they haven’t been blown away with Gabbert or Henne.

It’s one thing to have an open competition, but the fact a guy can walk in off the street and be on equal footing with a former first-round pick speaks volumes.

Of course, that first-round pick was made by someone other than Caldwell, so draft status doesn’t matter to him, and it shouldn’t.

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41 Responses to “Jags G.M.: Kafka has a chance to win starting job”
  1. steagles66 says: Jun 13, 2013 8:37 AM

    This is a joke right we all seen what he did when mike Vick went down and is lose games for them ahahaha good luck to ya

  2. jjb0811 says: Jun 13, 2013 8:38 AM

    AZ’s QB’s are far worse than the Jags. When your hope rests on a 2 time quitter, you’re basically giving up. Or how about the Jets drafting a QB for the sake of drafting a QB and he is losing out to the buttfumbler. Then there’s the awesomeness oft he Browns, Titans, & Eagles QB’s to boot.

  3. zoxitic says: Jun 13, 2013 8:44 AM

    “Just as good an opportunity” is not the same as
    “Just as good a probability”

  4. knowledge743 says: Jun 13, 2013 8:47 AM

    Jacksonville is a cool city.. but I couldn’t support the jags…wasted career by mjd.. first pick of the draft goes to..

  5. jaxcliff says: Jun 13, 2013 8:52 AM

    Or he’s just speaking in vague generalities that line up with the coaches “competition everywhere” mantra. But we can’t pass up a chance to bash the Jaguars, can we?

  6. dnelson21 says: Jun 13, 2013 9:07 AM

    It’s not really shocking to hear that a 2-14 is not blown away by either of the same starters from a year ago. Personally, I think that Chad Henne will start. Henne was highly inconsistent last year, but he seemed to provide the team with somewhat of an offensive spark. Blackmon & Shorts obviously worked well with him. Perhaps an offseason with the starting group as well as work with the new coaching staff will allow him to be more consistent. Giving him MJD will help take some of the pressure and not force the team to throw the ball over 35 times. When he threw under 34 attempts last year, he played really well. I do not think either Gabbert or Henne will be the team’s starter in a year from now, but Gabbert just seems to be a good QB on paper with his size and attributes. On film, he is only mediocre at best. He did improve slightly from 2011, but he would need to really make a leap this year to be a consistent winning QB.

  7. officialgame says: Jun 13, 2013 9:08 AM

    And with the #1 pick in the 2014 draft the Jaguars select….

  8. 6ball says: Jun 13, 2013 9:09 AM

    .

    Gabbert may have been better served if he had some time to adjust to the NFL before being given baptism by fire.

    Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers are two who benefitted from some time observing.

    .

  9. spellingcops says: Jun 13, 2013 9:11 AM

    That’s pretty bad news when your GM says that.

  10. regisphilbin says: Jun 13, 2013 9:15 AM

    I’m attending today’s practice on my lunch break. Maybe i should bring a ball to showcase my skills.

  11. winskins says: Jun 13, 2013 9:16 AM

    If he wins, does he turn into a bug?

  12. shackdelrio says: Jun 13, 2013 9:17 AM

    Tebow

    Tarps

    Tagliabue

  13. eagles83 says: Jun 13, 2013 9:21 AM

    I was a big Kafka fan when he was in Philly. He’s not going to set the world on fire, but he’s got a decent arm and is very smart. I would love to see him get a chance to start.

  14. neilanblomi says: Jun 13, 2013 9:24 AM

    They should have brought Tebow in to at-least be a relevant team people want to watch.

    Hey did you see that Jags game last week??…Said by nobody ever

  15. liquidmuse says: Jun 13, 2013 9:25 AM

    & this is why Caldwell very well may crash & burn in this job. 1)playing second fiddle to the Atlanta architect just screams “high-end mediocrity” to me 2)clearly they’re shooting for the #1 pic, or angling for Manziel or Bridgewater 3)playing Tebow helps them win games (if Tebow can take the 2nd worst team (the Broncos) to the playoffs, why not Jax?), but because Tebow isn’t a “Matt Ryan/Mike Kafka” type (ha), Tebow is unemployable. Good luck with that. Heck, this dummy could have Johnny Manziel staring him in the face, & he probably wouldn’t take him…

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 13, 2013 9:31 AM

    So the Jaguars say they don’t want Tebow but the guy the Patriots dumped in favor of Tebow has a chance at a starting job for the Jaguars. I wonder which team we should trust more?

  17. dgreenfi says: Jun 13, 2013 9:32 AM

    Metamorphosis from 3rd string to starter.

  18. jagsfan1 says: Jun 13, 2013 9:44 AM

    As a Jags fan – yes – we stink….last year we were a disgrace to professional football.

    That being said – realistically unless Kafka somehow lights it up in training camp…not even a prayer of him being the starter.

    We do stink…but roster is getting better and perhaps 2 yrs from now we will be competitive.

  19. winkandthegun says: Jun 13, 2013 9:54 AM

    Oh come on, Caldwell and Bradley have said since the beginning that it’s a pure competition and nobody will be handed a job. Everybody at training camp will have a chance to win the starting job at their particular position, even an UFA competing against MJD at running back. You’ll notice he says ‘just as good an opportunity’ as … Matt Scott, who Bradley has already described as not NFL ready right now. While there are certainly concerns about Gabbert and Henne, the idea that because the GM says that this guy has an opportunity to compete for the starting job, as he’s consistently said about everybody on the roster since he accepted the job, this means they think he’s the best QB is ridiculous. This is a non-story, pure and simple. There will be plenty to talk about with this QB competition, but let’s not go overboard.

  20. hoptimusprimal says: Jun 13, 2013 9:55 AM

    Kafka looked decent when he was forced to start a few games for the Eagles in 2010. Calling him a starter is an obvious stretch, but I could see him develop into a nice backup.

  21. richkotitte says: Jun 13, 2013 9:56 AM

    Inside sources say the Jags are going with a wild & unique approach under center! Each player will touch the ball according to the round he or she was drafted!

    1st and 10 : Gabbert

    2nd and 35: Henne

    3rd and very long: Bryan Anger ( yes the punter!)

    4th and burie inside your own 5 : Kafka

    Wild cards/cats are Robinson, Scott, and Aaron Rodgers kid brother.

    But we will get REALLY CLOWNEY in 2014!

  22. niubears says: Jun 13, 2013 9:57 AM

    Henne is going to get cut. Kafka will do enough to get the #2 spot. And we all know Gabbert isn’t good but it’s really not much of a competition, Gabbert will be starting week 1 unless he is injured, not matter how much he sucks it up in camp

  23. rodge1 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:05 AM

    Denard Robinson is probably their best QB and that’s not a compliment to Denard.

  24. ravensfranzy says: Jun 13, 2013 10:08 AM

    I have a change to win the starting QB job in Jacksonville and I never played a down.

  25. sonopazzo6 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:10 AM

    Kolb, Kafka, Vince Young…….it’s great to see our former QB’s pollute the rest of the league……oh well, what’s a warped Eagles fan to be happy about these days anyway?

  26. EJ says: Jun 13, 2013 10:13 AM

    Kafka looks to be the best option for this season. The Jaguars will have to get by for the year and hope they are one of the first in line for a QB in next years draft. Next years draft looks extremely promising in the QB position.

  27. throw46 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    6ball…Regarding Gabbert…” may have been better served if he had some time to adjust to the NFL before being given baptism by fire.”

    Yeah and that should have started in college.
    (Way overrated.)

  28. schmitty2 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:23 AM

    jjb0811 says:Jun 13, 2013 8:38 AM

    AZ’s QB’s are far worse than the Jags. When your hope rests on a 2 time quitter, you’re basically giving up. Or how about the Jets drafting a QB for the sake of drafting a QB and he is losing out to the buttfumbler. Then there’s the awesomeness oft he Browns, Titans, & Eagles QB’s to boot.

    You know what the sad thing is? I’d pretty much pick all of those qb’s over Blaine Gabbert.

  29. bigd3288 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:26 AM

    Denard Robinson will be starting quarterback after week 8

  30. listenupcupcake says: Jun 13, 2013 10:42 AM

    News flash: Kafka is NOT, repeat NOT, an NFL starting level QB. It is questionable whether he’s even a decent back-up NFL QB. He’s a good kid, diligent, maybe a clipboard holder, but in a game he can’t get it done in this league.

    At best he’s a 3rd string emergency QB whose primary function is/should be handing off to MJD.

    But hey, I guess if you’re the GM of the worst team in the NFL, ya gotta offer up hope at every opportunity.

  31. pftfannum1 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    Should the Jags have Tom Brady as their QB then Caldwell’s statement carries some weight.

  32. insanelomein2 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:02 AM

    Kafka had trouble throwing a 20yd out route when he was in there when Vick went down. How could anyone project this guy as a possible starter?

    Matt Scott has more upside than Kafka, Gabbert, and Henne combined.

  33. browns627 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:03 AM

    Weeden is looking better and better after reading stories like this..go browns!

  34. therillest says: Jun 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    it is very difficult to be a Jags fan. Not sure what is going on with this team, but the staff has made it clear that its not about winning in 2013….how exciting.

  35. granadafan says: Jun 13, 2013 11:37 AM

    Now you know why franchise QBs are paid so high. You ask why Brees, Rodgers, Flacco get paid more than $20 million? Just take a look at the messes in Jacksonville, Kansas City, Oakland, Arizona, Buffalo, etc.

  36. eaglesbar says: Jun 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    I would try some one else he was not that good for us maybe Denard Robinson at qb or pick
    Tarvaris Jackson

  37. eaglesbar says: Jun 13, 2013 12:24 PM

    or try to trade to get Ryan Mallett or jimmy clausen

  38. eliownsthepats says: Jun 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    Just sux don’t it.

  39. eaglesbar says: Jun 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    @granadafan Arizona did that with Kolb didn’t work

  40. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 13, 2013 5:05 PM

    Things are unfolding the way they should in Jacksonville. Gabbert will be an excellant NFL starting QB, as Belichek himself said after the two teams played last season. If RG3KneeReconstructions isn’t able to start the season, Blaine might be the youngest starter in the league again this year. Caldwell and Bradley are as good a management duo as you’re going to find in the league.

    There is no pressure at all on the team. Vegas had them dead last even before the Blackmon and Jones Drew situations popped up. Pretty much anything they manage in 2013 will seem like overachievement. They got the best player in the draft. It’s all looking up for the team.

  41. cwk22 says: Jun 13, 2013 6:53 PM

    Henne was so bad I forbid my family to use his name in our house. He made me as a dolphin fan crazy. If he somehow ends up playing again this year the Jags need to fold the team and move on.

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