Coach Says Blaine Gabbert Has Promise and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

The 2012 and 2013 top overall picks in an alternate universe.
The 2012 and 2013 top overall picks in an alternate universe.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It's that time of year.

As soon as the dust of the season has cleared, it's time for new coaches to tell fans how great the players that got the old coaches fired can be.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are kicking off that dance now, starting with quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo who told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union that Blaine Gabbert has promise.

The entire interview is highly entertaining as it covers the gamut from talking up the player and talking down the media and his former coaches while at the same time stopping well short of an actual endorsement.

Scelfo's extensive comments on the second-year disaster are loaded with classic coach-speak about how if Gabbert were coming out of the draft now, he'd be the top overall pick.

That may be true, but if any of the other quarterbacks drafted in the last two years were coming out now, you'd probably say the same thing about them too. More importantly, if there were a redraft of the 2011 draft, Gabbert would likely be no higher than a fourth round selection at best.

The fact is the Jaguars have no choice but to say nice things about Gabbert. He's probably going to be their starter despite being arguably the worst starter in football in 2012.

What's interesting is that despite claims that Gabbert would be drafted first this year, Scelfo won't commit to him being the starter. That tells you everything you need to know about how goofy the claim is.

If the Jaguars' staff really truly believed Gabbert was worthy of the top pick in this year's draft, they would be backing him unequivocally. The fact that they aren't says everything about what they really believe.


General Interest

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts says the NFL has become a video game league.

Paul Kuharsky of looks back at predictions he made about AFC South assistant coaches.


Houston Texans

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle talks about the second wideout position.


Indianapolis Colts

Greg Cowan of Colts Authority examines rumors about Percy Harvin.


Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Total Titans has thoughts on the team's running backs.

John Glennon of the Tennessean profiles a corner the Titans could draft.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Kuharsky says Shad Khan's front office is in place now.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says the Jaguars spent heavily in 2012.