Blaine Gabbert knew he was throwing illegal pass

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Blaine Gabbert threw an illegal forward pass that likely makes ESPN’s Not Top 10. But the Titans quarterback said it was intentional, and if he’s telling the truth, it was brilliant.

Gabbert threw a fourth-quarter pass that was batted back to him by Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett. Gabbert caught the pass from himself and began running, much like Marcus Mariota did in scoring a touchdown last year against Kansas City.

However, Gabbert isn’t exactly fleet of foot and was about to take a loss near midfield. Instead, the right-handed quarterback threw a left-handed pass out of bounds, knowing it was illegal, he said.

The illegal forward pass cost the Titans 5 yards, or less than it otherwise would have.

“Actually, it was called on me my rookie year,” Gabbert said, via Terry McCormick of titaninsider.com. “You’re reacting in the game, but it worked out in our favor, and in that situation, it was kind of a flashback to Marcus in Kansas City catching his own batted ball and running it in.

“There were a lot of guys in my way, so rather than taking a 10-yard sack, losing a down, just throw it away and take a 5-yard penalty and keeping us relatively close in the field position.”

Gabbert hit Corey Davis for an 18-yard gain on the next play, eventually leading to Ryan Succop‘s game-winning field goal.

9 responses to “Blaine Gabbert knew he was throwing illegal pass

  1. You guys bashing Kaepernick dont understand. He would be playing right now if some team would offer him 25 million a year and a starting job guarantee. That’s all he wants. Haha

  2. Gabbert has had some of the fastest field times for quarterbacks nearly every year he’s been in the league. Ran 4.59 at the Combine, which was faster than DeShaun Watson managed. He’s fleet enough afoot.

  3. The killer for the Texans on that play was that it gave the Titans another play to run down the clock. Looks like O’Brien accepted the penalty thinking it was a loss of down. If I am Brian Gaine, I am holding an intervention to address O’Brien’s game management deficiencies.

  4. What a smart, heads-up play. Especially reacting so quickly to such an odd, uncommon situation.

    Don’t know if he’ll ever get back to being seen as a starter, but that is definitely the kind of QB I’d want as a backup.

  5. Considering neither coach was that well aware of the particular ruling on 2nd forward pass, I’m not buying Gabbert’s after-the-fact affirmation of his own brilliance.

    This is more blind squirrel finds nut.

  6. danbo3330 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Considering neither coach was that well aware of the particular ruling on 2nd forward pass, I’m not buying Gabbert’s after-the-fact affirmation of his own brilliance.

    This is more blind squirrel finds nut.

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    Considering who the coaches in this game were, I am absolutely ready to believe that Gabbert knew more about the rule than they do.

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