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.