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Bruce Arians: Blaine Gabbert’s never played with receivers like we have

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The Cardinals are bringing quarterback Blaine Gabbert to Arizona on a one-year contract that will give him a chance to compete to be Carson Palmer’s backup during the 2017 season.

It’s the third NFL stop for Gabbert, who failed to impress after being taken in the first round by the Jaguars in 2011 and started for parts of the last two seasons with the 49ers. His run as the starter with the 49ers ended when the team benched him in favor of Colin Kaepernick and the total package isn’t one that creates much reason to think Gabbert will thrive on the big stage.

In a perfect world, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians won’t have to find out because Palmer will be healthy and effective all year. If not, though, Arians believes the overall situation on a team impacts “whether [quarterbacks] fail or not” and that the Cardinals offer Gabbert more than he’s had around him in the past.

“When you look at the receivers he’s played with — I’m not knocking them in any way — they can’t touch ours,” Arians said, via the Arizona Republic. “He would have never played with the kind of receivers he would have here. And he fits our system.”

It’s unclear at this point how much time Gabbert will get with the top receivers, but if that doesn’t back up the notion that he was held back by overall situations he may not get too many other chances to prove himself.

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26 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Blaine Gabbert’s never played with receivers like we have”
  1. patsxsaintsfan says: May 11, 2017 11:44 AM

    Yeah let’s act like that’s why things didn’t work for Gabbert. I guess when you can only make one read on each play if that first guy isn’t open atleast 60% of the time you aren’t gunna look good.

  2. siriusred67 says: May 11, 2017 11:47 AM

    When a QB needs top talent at WR to look functional, then he isn’t a functional QB.

  3. tjacks7 says: May 11, 2017 12:00 PM

    Another way to look at it is…

    Your receivers have never played with a QB like Blaine Gabbert.

  4. elyasm says: May 11, 2017 12:04 PM

    What all-star wide receivers does Arizona have? A past-his-prime Fitzy and…???

    Floyd was probably their second best option before he got himself cut.

  5. mogogo1 says: May 11, 2017 12:08 PM

    And this isn’t even the dumbest thing Arians has said in the past month. That award goes to him saying it’d be impossible to burn out David Johnson by giving him too many carries.

  6. BIGGSHAUN says: May 11, 2017 12:13 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald and………

    Bruce Arians. A legend in his own mind.

  7. goldrush36 says: May 11, 2017 12:14 PM

    He has obviously never watched Sunshine try to throw outside the hashmarks LOL

  8. nukejohnson says: May 11, 2017 12:18 PM

    this is a great signing – now trade stanton to the colts

  9. jagmankane says: May 11, 2017 12:39 PM

    Gabs was bad because of receivers…

    not because of poor pocket presence?
    Or because he’s relatively not good?

  10. RegisHawk says: May 11, 2017 12:43 PM

    Live it up while you can…he starts throwing you under the bus any time after Week 1.

  11. vbhall78 says: May 11, 2017 1:00 PM

    You were better off bringing in Jay Cutler….

  12. JameisWillTakeUsToThePromiseLand says: May 11, 2017 1:07 PM

    Who are these WRs arians is referring to exactly? We all know fitz is leaving after this season. So John Brown is the #1???

    And let’s not even start with Jermaine Gresham

  13. harrisonhits2 says: May 11, 2017 1:11 PM

    Good QB play is much more dependent on having a good Oline than the receivers. Doesn’t matter who the receivers are if the guy is running for his life all the time.

  14. heymister24 says: May 11, 2017 1:24 PM

    A lot of decent QB’s have failed because of the slugs they had to work with including offensive line. Tim Couch, Carr, etc etc. This is a nice pickup by a real coach.

  15. QB Film Room says: May 11, 2017 1:41 PM

    Carson in a competition? Tho!!!

  16. QB Film Room says: May 11, 2017 1:42 PM

    You at least have to appreciate Arians and how he evaluates position . Bruce knows what the heck he is talking about . most coaches would just think gabbert is bad but arians knows all the variables tho!

  17. gbrim20 says: May 11, 2017 1:45 PM

    Sorry NFC West, it’s over. Gabbert will lead the Cardinals to a new dynasty.

    Honestly, he was signed for the vet min. Nothing to see here.

  18. medialovesthecowboys says: May 11, 2017 1:51 PM

    Gabbert is an OK Quarterback.

    The problem is he was a reach by the Jags when he was drafted. He should have never come off the board until round 4.

    Now the expectations have been abnormally high ever since. Not his fault.

  19. jonwill57 says: May 11, 2017 2:09 PM

    The window on Arians and the Cardinals championship hopes are beginning to fade…into what’s left of the Phoenix desert.

  20. jonwill57 says: May 11, 2017 2:15 PM

    So Bruce, Carson Palmer has played with your receivers and how’s that working out for you?

  21. mudachains says: May 11, 2017 2:48 PM

    No offensive line no running game no defense no wide receivers. I wonder why Gabbert was so terrible? Maybe he actually is terrible, however Aaron Rogers would have been terrible on the Jags and Niners too.

  22. darksidecowboy says: May 11, 2017 3:06 PM

    He’s just a backup people. Cards will draft the QB of the future next year. You guys are acting like they traded draft picks and Patrick Peterson for him.

    depth doesn’t hurt

  23. bobthebillsfan says: May 11, 2017 3:31 PM

    I do not think the Cardinals OL will be able to keep the Statue upright all season – I suspect Gabbert will see playing time this season.

  24. bobgust says: May 11, 2017 3:34 PM

    The pass blocking wasn’t bad for Gabbert last year. Gabbert gets jittery from phantom pressure. His accuracy from beyond 10 yards is atocrious. Look at some of his deeper passes to a wide open Torrey Smith last year. Passed weren’t even close. Gabbert was inaccurate throwing swing passed. The games were unwatchable last year when Gabbert was playing QB. He would consistently throw a 3 yard pass on 3rd and 8 killing drives and fail to see open receivers downfield. It wasn’t the receivers that made Gabbert bad, it’s Gabbert

  25. captainwhodat says: May 11, 2017 4:24 PM

    Palmer and Gabbert: qb nirvana…

  26. fakebookfreddy says: May 12, 2017 2:39 PM

    BA, your receivers were so good last season you missed the playoffs by how many games?

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