Jacksonville Jaguars: Why Fans Shouldn't Worry About Blaine Gabbert
Through rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert's first seven games, there has been nothing showing he has been less than spectacular.
We all know his statistics aren't anything to write home about—he's completing just under 48 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and five interceptions in his seven starts—but lately Jaguars fans have started to worry about the 22-year-old Gabbert, most of which saying he looks "lost" when he's on the field.
While Gabbert has had his early struggles, most critics aren't even actually using his stats against him as much as you might think. A lot of the criticism of Gabbert has stemmed from the success fellow rookie quarterbacks Cam Newton and Andy Dalton have had in their rookie seasons.
As great as Newton and Dalton have been, judging success by comparison seems unreasonable, but maybe that's just me.
You may be reading this article and starting to wonder, "Why isn't this guy worried about Gabbert?" Well, ladies and gentleman, this is the part of the show where I fill you in.
I will start with the one statistic that Gabbert has working for him: his five interceptions. Although his completion rate is poor, Gabbert is not making the big mistake that is costing the Jaguars games and usually when you limit turnovers, you'll be in every game.
Another thing that has not been stressed enough about Gabbert's struggles is the competition he is going up against. In consecutive games he has been thrown into the fire against the likes of the Bengals, Steelers, Ravens and Texans, all of which are currently in the top six in total defense.
The other two in the top six are the Jaguars and Gabbert's next opponent: the Cleveland Browns.
To say Gabbert has been through the gauntlet would be an understatement. Granted, over time he will have to perform against top competition like this, but to say he won't be a good quarterback because of this stretch of games is ridiculous.
Will Blaine Gabbert be successful in Jacksonville?
The information I've listed above isn't even my main point of contention with Gabbert's doubters: the Jaguars organization has no choice but to improve this awful receiving corps very soon.
It can be argued that Gabbert's receiving options are the worst in the league, and collectively are near the top of the league in dropped passes. There is not a successful quarterback in the league who doesn't have weapons, and with a top five running back and a defense that's practically set, the Jaguars don't really have anything else to do but address the glaring holes at wide receiver.
If the Jaguars do not draft/sign at least one impact receiver this offseason, I would be shocked.
In conclusion, there are a lot of things out of Gabbert's control that have hampered his development and even though he is flawed right now, he has a lot of time to fix those flaws.
I'd like to thank you all for listening to me ramble on; feel free to add your input here as I'd like to see where you all stand on Gabbert.
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