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


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.

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

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. .

    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.


  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. & 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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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