Texans Defense shows Blaine Gabbert not there yet
Coming into the week 2 match up between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars there were some questions about how good Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert would be. Gabbert had a strong preseason with his best game coming against the New Orleans Saints. In that game he was 13 for 16 passing for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. He looked vastly improved from a season ago and had 95.0 quarterback rating after four preseason games. Many thought that the experience coupled with new head coach Mike Mularkey had prepared Gabbert to be a successful quarterback this year. This feeling carried over into the second week of season as Gabbert had a strong day week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. Against the Vikings Gabbert completed 23 of 39 passes for 260 yards and 2 touchdowns. It looked as if Gabbert had started to understand how to play quaterback in the league. This was vehemently refuted in the game against the Texans.
The Texan defense was able to defend against Gabbert and held him to a dismal stat line. For the game he was 7 for 19 passing for 53 yards and 1 touchdown. As an offense the Jaguars were held to zero third down conversions on nine tries and only had the ball for 16 minutes and 43 seconds. J.J Watt had a strong game deflecting two passes and registering 1.5 sacks. Antonio Smith chipped in half a sack and Brooks Reed contributed a full sack of his own. The defense as a whole managed seven quarterback hits which equals the total of completions that Gabbert had for the game. The sacks and quarterback hits made Gabbert uncomfortable and eventually knocked him out of the game with a hamstring injury.
The Texans defense came up huge a second week in a row. Last week against the Miami Dolphins the Texans caused several turnovers that led to points for the offense. This week the defense did not get as many turnovers but they shut down the Jaguars offense holding them to a total of 117 yards. The Texans showed that Gabbert is not ready to lead his offense against a tenacious defense.
This article is by Joe Serenka, Rant Sports Houston Texans Blogger. You can see more of his articles at http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/author/joeserenka/ and you can follow him on twitter @Texansblogster