3 Candidates Shad Khan Should Consider to Replace Blaine Gabbert in 2013

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIINovember 9, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 8: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert  #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars tumbles after running from the pocket against the Indianapolis Colts November 8, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Gabbert was injured on the play and left the game. The Colts won 27 - 10.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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If the Jacksonville Jaguars—under the guidance of new owner Shad Khan—desire to relieve their incumbent starting quarterback of his duties, they’ll have to start looking for his replacement now.

Blaine Gabbert’s short tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars has not gone as planned for the former 10th overall NFL draft pick. He hasn’t been surrounded by the most impressive collection of talent as a member of the Jaguars but, as the starting quarterback, he is likely deemed culpable for the team’s 5-19 record with him under center.

If Gabbert is replaced, it will be interesting to see how he fares in his second NFL destination. He’s just 23 years old and won’t be given up on by the entire NFL so early in his career.

Drafting another quarterback with a top overall pick—a position for which Jacksonville seems to be destined—would likely set up a current collegiate star for the same frustrating start that Gabbert has experienced.

If Jacksonville’s patience with Gabbert has already run out, the following NFL veterans could benefit the Jaguars in the short-term while they address other holes on the team.


Michael Vick                                                                 

If Vick and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid are truly a package deal in Philly and Reid is let go after the season, Vick may be allowed to walk as well. He’d sell seats in Jacksonville—as the other two names on this list would—and provide the Jaguars with a rushing threat from the quarterback position that Gabbert doesn’t possess.


Matt Flynn

Russell Wilson looks to be entrenched as the starter for the Seattle Seahawks. Flynn, therefore, is one of the higher-paid backups in the league as the Seahawks' free-agent acquisition. He hasn’t been able to prove himself on a weekly basis in the NFL, but he also hasn’t proved that he’s incapable of putting up numbers and leading a team to wins.

Of the three, he may be the QB most equipped to make use of Jacksonville’s recent investments at wide receiver.


Tim Tebow

As a potential quarterback, Tebow’s name is by far the most connected to the Jaguars. In the state of Florida—where he went to college—Tebow would likely garner more jersey sales than Vick or Flynn if he were a member of the Jaguars.

The wins that he would help provide would be a welcome addition to the increased revenue and, along with Maurice Jones-Drew, make the Jaguars offense the top-ranked rushing attack in the NFL.


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