It was another long and ugly day for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they’ll come back next week with Blaine Gabbert as their starting quarterback.
Coach Gus Bradley said after the game on Sunday that he is “standing strong” with Gabbert after the quarterback went 17-of-32 for 179 yards with three interceptions in the 37-3 loss to the Colts. Bradley said that he still thought Gabbert has strengths as a quarterback, but that the team and the player may have to try harder to bring them to the surface.
“Maybe what we thought were his strengths, maybe we have to dig deeper and find out what they are,” Bradley said, via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union. “Hopefully, we can find out very soon.”
While it’s all well and good to say that Gabbert’s not playing well enough, even if his receivers offered him no help on Sunday by dropping passes, it’s not like there’s a great option to replace him. The Jags looked no better when Chad Henne was playing and there’s little doubt that the Jaguars will be drafting a quarterback early in next year’s draft to build their team around so there’s not much point surrendering draft picks for a temporary patch like Josh Freeman.
That won’t make days like Sunday any easier to swallow, but the bed’s pretty much made for the Jaguars this season.