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As the not-so-old adage goes, the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. That saying has been run into the ground, but that doesn't make it any less true. The best teams are the ones with the best quarterbacks.
The Jaguars quarterbacks struggled as much as any position did for the team in 2012. Neither Blaine Gabbert nor Chad Henne showed the ability to be Jacksonville's franchise quarterback.
Gabbert had an uninspiring sophomore campaign to follow up his poor rookie performance. He completed 58.3 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and six interceptions before ending the season on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.
Gabbert would often check down and pass the ball to players coming out of the backfield and had the 32nd-ranked yards per attempt (5.98).
Henne didn't fare any better. After getting off to a hot start, coming in for an injured Gabbert against the Houston Texans in Week 11, Henne cooled off through the remainder of the season and became wildly inconsistent.
He finished the season with the 32nd-ranked completion percentage (53.8), 30th in quarterback average (72.2) and with the same amount of touchdowns and interceptions (11).
Finding a quarterback who can lead the team is a major priority this offseason. GM Caldwell said (via The Florida Times-Union, h/t Pro Football Talk) Gabbert still has upside, but he hasn't ruled out (via Pro Football Weekly) drafting a quarterback.
Whether it's trying to develop Gabbert or finding a new player in free agency or the draft, the Jaguars have to find a good quarterback to have a successful rebuild.
Whoever the quarterback is will have a good coach to work with in offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Fisch spent the last two seasons with the Miami Hurricanes as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and the offense improved under him during his time there. He will be asked to work with and make the most out of whoever is taking snaps.
The Jaguars will need to find a solution to its quarterback problem to become a competitive team, and it needs to be their top priority to find one.