Comments on: NFL Draft Prospect Videos and More Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:01:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: kbrizzles Wed, 30 May 2012 18:00:55 +0000 Meant to include this in my previous comment: great article Eric,
Just came across this post/blog by accident.
Nice work.
Look forward to part II if I remeber where this link is…

By: kbrizzles Wed, 30 May 2012 17:59:03 +0000 Love Gabbert’s skillset, especially his arm talent.
To my eye he has consistent, compact and throwing motion and good velocity.

My main knock against Gabbert is ‘skittishness’ he displayed at times in college and his rookie year in the NFL.
But, I don’t think he’s defined as by his occasional skittish.
For example I think that Brady and Manning can both be skittish when they’re getting hit a lot.
They’re not like Cutler or Rothlisberger who appear more or less unfazed by getting hit.
Imo Gabbert’s best games in college happended when he ran the ball and embraced the physical nature of the game.
I was thinking last year that the Jags should run a zone-read QB or a boot keep in the first series of every game to get Gabbert into the game form physically where he kinda gets re-introduced or reminded of the physical nature of the game, kinda like getting that first hit out of the way.

I think its important to keep in mind (a) he was young in college (b) he’s still young.
I thought he wasn’t ready to play last year and the Jags scheme and personnel were subpar.
And as a result I don’t think Gabbert ever got comfortable.

He was hit often and unexpectedly which can un-nerve any QB but its even worse for a rookie.
The Jags offense was static and simple and although I don’t prefer that style of offense it can work fine if your team has the talent to win their match-ups. (Ravens, Chargers etc)
But when the playcalling doesn’t clearly define a read and the receiving option doesn’t ‘win’ their assignment and the OL pass protection is just okay and your a rookie QB (that like most rookie QBs stays on each progression a little long) you get hit, and you get hit often and you get hit unexpectedly.
And I think that’s what happened with Gabbert last year.

By: robert ethan Thu, 24 May 2012 00:19:04 +0000 Further to that, Paul Kuharsky, the ESPN writer who covers the Jaguars, says that the team is installing an offense that will allow Gabbert to get rid of the ball quickly. That is the answer. Don’t try take away his survival instincts.

By: robert ethan Thu, 24 May 2012 00:17:20 +0000 Bated breath.

By: Will Taylor Wed, 23 May 2012 21:16:57 +0000 Just wanted to chime in and say that your article and cut-ups of Gabbert have stirred a lot of attention among Jaguar fans and we are waiting with baited breath for part 2.

By: robert ethan Wed, 23 May 2012 02:58:15 +0000 One thing you didn’t mention, which is Gabbert’s strong suit, is the release. His is close to perfect. Quick, compact, powerful. That will be his ticket in the NFL, if the coaches take proper advantage of it. WCO style.

By: robert ethan Wed, 23 May 2012 02:52:28 +0000 Gabbert had the best all round blend of skills. He wasn’t tops overall in any single area, except his Wonderlic score, but he has nothing lacking from his tool kit that can’t be developed. The other guys all have limiting factors, arm strength, intellect, mobility, personality flaws, etc. Gabbert has the highest ceiling, and was the youngest.

By: mark Tue, 22 May 2012 21:29:49 +0000 i was never a very big blaine gabbert fan when i watched him on film i had him behind cam newton jake locker and ryan mallet i ddnt know really why he was ranked so highly from what I watched

By: robert ethan Tue, 22 May 2012 20:08:12 +0000 Very, very, few quarterbacks came into the league without issues of one sort or another. I compared Gabbert’s rookie totals to the QBs drafted #1 overall in the past 20 years. He comes out ahead of the group average in every category, statistically. Plus he was over a year younger, and had less college experience than the average. It’s a bit late to go back and analyze those individuals in their rookie season, but the overall lack of success means they were far from finished products.

Blaine is ambitious, and self confident. He is a “fake it till you make it”, type of guy. He didn’t have a lot of experience or success in high school, but he still convinced the scouts that he was a five star recruit. He didn’t have a lot of experience or success in college, but convinced the scouts that he was a top 10 talent. In serious conversation for #1 overall pick. If he stayed another year he would still have been drafted top 10, and probably more ready to play as a pro. But as it is he was youngest player in league history to make 13th and 14th starts, and goes into year two as the incumbent, with an offense being built around him.