May 13, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) runs during organized team activities at The Florida Blue Health

Jacksonville Jaguars Expected to Name Blaine Gabbert Starting Quarterback

The Jacksonville Jaguars passed on the chance to take a quarterback high in the NFL Draft this year and seem content with starting Blaine Gabbert in 2013. Per a report in the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars will be naming Gabbert the starting quarterback this season “barring a horrific August”.

It is more scientific than picking names out of a hat, but not to the point where we were afforded a seat at the table last week when the Jaguars’ coaching staff talked personnel with general manager Dave Caldwell. … And, yes, the belief here is that barring a horrific August, Gabbert will be the starter against Kansas City on Sept. 8.

It’s really not that big of a surprise nor was it that close of a contest hen it came to who would be the Jaguars quarterback in 2013. They passed on a top prospect in the draft and instead made a move to beef up their offensive line to protect Gabbert and allow him to grow into the role he’s struggled to find a footing in.

There is a possiblity that the Jaguars aren’t sold on Gabbert though but that hasn’t grown to the type of animosity that warrants a benching or a quarterback controversy. Had they brought in a Tim Tebow or a guy who could compete with Gabbert for the starting gig, we could revisit the idea that the Jaguars are looking to replace the former first-round draft pick.

As it stands now, Gabbert is the best guy on the roster for the job and it’ll stay that way until proven otherwise.

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  • Dohv

    Oh god no !

  • Ethan Raphael

    The reason they’re playing up the “open competition” aspect is to take Gabbert out of the spotlight a bit. He has taken the brunt of blame for the team’s record the past couple of seasons, and that can really wear on a young quarterback. Notably, the vast majority of the coaching staff and players who surrounded Gabbert in the past couple of seasons are gone, but Blaine is still there. Obviously the new staff doesn’t feel he was the problem.