Bruce Arians: People don’t like Blaine Gabbert’s record, but he’s never played with a team this good

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With Tom Brady opting for retirement, the Buccaneers have to find a new starting quarterback for the 2022 season.

Many people expect that search to result in the arrival of a player from outside the organization, but they do have Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask on hand. Trask didn’t play at all after being drafted in the second round last year, but Gabbert has has started 48 NFL games since being taken 10th overall by the Jaguars in 2011.

Gabbert’s teams lost 35 of those games, but two wins came against winning teams while playing for Bucs head coach Bruce Arians in Arizona in 2017 and Arians cited those wins along with the quality of the Bucs roster while discussing Gabbert’s place in the current mix.

“People may not like the overall record, but Blaine had eight head coaches and eight coordinators his first eight years,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He beat Jacksonville their best year and beat Tennessee their big year for us in Arizona. And he’s been in the system now. I don’t have a problem there and let Kyle continue to grow. Either one. [Gabbert] has never played with a team this good. He’s got all the respect in the locker room that he can have.”

Gabbert’s last regular season start came in 2018 and he’d be a hard sell as Brady’s successor regardless of how much work Arians and the Bucs do to dress up his professional record.

63 responses to “Bruce Arians: People don’t like Blaine Gabbert’s record, but he’s never played with a team this good

  1. Ah yes, Gabbert. The prospect so amazing that the GM had to literally get Jack Del Rio out of the room to draft him.

  2. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Look for a new Arians ‘retirement’ in 2023. He tends to get pretty bad results when he doesn’t work with a superstar QB…

  3. Is there anyone on the planet more self absorbed, or that has a high opinion of themselves than Bruce Arians?

  4. Arians has a good point – constant turnover at HC and OC is not the way to develop a young QB. If they think Trask may develop into a decent starter, then seeing what Gabbart can do isn’t a bad idea. And, let’s face it, no one is going to come in an replace Brady, so whoever’s behind center will be a downgrade.

  5. I can’t help but wonder how season ticket values have changed since Brady’s retirement announcement for the Bucs?

  6. Bruce is exactly right. Underrated guy, extremely talented. No one can play well with 8 coordinators in 8 years and on talentless teams. Give the guy a shot.

  7. Gabbert never once looked impressive when playing in garbage time after Brady was pulled. The Bears game comes to mind. If we’re going to roll with someone already on the roster I’d rather go with Trask. We already know who Gabbert is. Trask just might surprise us like he’s done at every level.

  8. Gabbert has proven over and over again to be trash. Let Trask have a shot.

  9. “He beat Jacksonville….and beat Tennessee”. Really, “he beat” them? Then, “he’s never played with a team this good.’

    Which is it, the indvidual or the team?

    Bruce Arians has been, and always will be, an idiot and the most overrated coach in recent history.

  10. Maybe he’s never played for a good team but Blaine is also injury prone and would get hurt Week One

  11. Arians needs to just retire now.

    If he thinks he’s going into 2022 with Gabbert under center and will win, he’s lost his damn mind.

  12. Highly doubtful that Gabbert is going to be the successor to TB12, no matter how much Arians tries to spin it? Gabbert is a 32-yr old middling career backup, who is highly unlikely to become a productive NFL QB1 at this point.
    Maybe the reason Gabbert had so many coaches his first eight years, was because he contributed to them getting fired?

  13. Buccaneers fanbase would go back to bushleague levels if they did this. They need to make a splash. Come get Watson 😉

  14. I bet at least Gabbert can score more than zero points against a Taysom Hill led opponent when he can’t benefit from his all star team.

    Not saying Gabbert is great but it shouldn’t be hard for the Bucs to find a great QB. It’s been a while.

  15. Gabbert is good as a quality backup if he has to step in for a couple of games. That’s about it though.

  16. Was that a shot at Tom Brady that the team is so good he is dispensible? Arians is a clown and the team should have been back in the Superbowl if they are that talented

  17. “never played with a team this good” LMAO. The team wasn’t good when Brady got there. I’m sure it will return to previous form without Brady. The FO will probably give BA this year and maybe even next year. Look for a 2024 retirement after the team fails to make the playoffs for two years.

  18. “And if you can’t be with the one you love honey
    Love the one you’re with, Love the one you’re with”– Stephen Stills.

  19. Sure, he played for a lot of different coaches but he played a big part in getting those coaches fired. But, it’s Bruce being Bruce….spreading lies and BS for the last several years. Now that TB is gone Arians will coach them to a below .500 season for the next several years until the Bucs wise up and give him his walking papers.

  20. Coaches sometimes get an irrational affinity for backup-level QBs and it’s usually not good. Mike Shanaham had it for John Beck, Jay Gruden had it for Colt McCoy. Belichick has it for Brian Hoyer (although at least has the objectivity not to force the matter). Mike Tomlin is at least pretending to have it for Mason Rudolph and that’s concerning. It’s okay to talk them up, especially if they happen to be the top guy on your depth chart for the time being — as long as you don’t really consider them the first option.

  21. I watched Blaine Gabbert from day 1 in Jville.Perhaps he was never destined to become a Franchise QB or Legit NFL starter anyway…but dude played on some AWFUL teams with Pathetic O-lines.

    I still remember watching so many Passing Downs where he was running for his life the second the ball was snapped – like not even able to set up and throw…
    Dude does have a hell of an arm…but no doubt the Jags experience took some life out of him. If he does get the shot I hope he does well.

  22. I have not laughed this much in a while, thanks Bruce. Trade for Aaron Rogers or retire dude, team wont make .500 without Brady.

  23. The fact is the Bucks roster & defence in particular carried Brady for 2 seasons, he was no great shakes and terrible in the championship game this season! The SB was won by the Bucks defense not Brady!
    Most people commenting on here have their opinions shaped by click bytes on social media.
    I strongly suspect BA knows what his QB’s have to offer!

  24. I think someone should explain to Arians that this is the time when they have to pay the piper. Add the $32M in dead cap for Brady to whatever the pay Gabbert on a new contract this season and that’s a ton of money for not a lot of quality. And guys like David and Barrett aren’t getting any younger…or cheaper. Sing it with me….Ya lose #12, whatta ya get? Another year older and deeper in debt.

  25. When things start going south Arians will tuck tail and run like he did in Arizona. The bandwagon, Fairweather Buccaneer fans will turn on him in an instant.

  26. I don’t have a problem with Gabbert but let’s be real here, he’s multiple pegs below Brady. They couldn’t get their last year with Brady. This won’t end well. This team has several holes and is aging. Get a solid veteran QB for a year or two then expect a full rebuild.

  27. I think clearly they are aiming higher, but if they can’t get Tom Brady to come back or trade for a franchise QB, there is a lot of logic in going with Gabbert. Outside of Rodgers (okay, does anyone what he’s thinking … I guess it’s possible, but I just don’t see him going to Tampa), Wilson (think he’ll stay in Seattle absent an absolutely ridiculous deal), and Watson (still have my doubts any team pulls the trigger early on him with all the issues going on and the Texans asking price), who else is top tier to justify a move over Gabbert?

    I see Matt Ryan bandied around, but I’m more inclined to think they draft a youngster to wait behind Matt. You could talk about Carr, but I don’t see McDaniels wanting to blow it up like he did in Denver. Then, there’s Cousins and Garoppolo. You could argue for either one over Gabbert, but I’m not necessarily sold that giving up assets to get those two, and pay them, is necessarily better. Individually, I’d take them if they were free, but they aren’t.

  28. Trask is the next Drew Brees! Start him and sign everyone else with the money you’ll save! Give him the same offensive line that TB had and receivers and watch him flourish!

  29. To be fair, anyone following Tom’s last season will be a disappointment (unless it’s Rodgers). So, might as well try Blaine out. He’s cheap, replaceable, and if he gets you to the playoffs you can trade him for a decent pick the next offseason if Trask is ready.

  30. Blaine Gabbert is actually quite good.

    At throwing into the turf…

    Buc’s have a long season ahead of them.

  31. This is simply a negotiating tactic. If they show they aren’t desperate and bluff. that could potentially save the franchise 1 or 2 decent draft picks, possibly a player etc.etc.etc.

  32. I can see Mike Evans streak of consecutive 1000 yards per season coming to an end sooner than later !!!

  33. Gabbert was a team curse everywhere he went before Tom Brady. On three different teams as a backup, he got to play with those QBs getting hurt and never being the same again. Those three QBs ? Kaepernick, Palmer and Mariota.

  34. Trask was very good in his last season at Florida. If Brady stays retired but remains in the Tampa Bay area, it might be a good idea to hire him as a part-time personal mentor for Trask. The kid has skills, intelligence and a decent arm.

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