Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has received much criticism from the Jacksonville faithful and the media over the past two seasons. After being selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Gabbert has struggled to stay healthy and failed to perform up to expectations when he is on the field.
One of the most frequent criticisms of Gabbert is his inability to stand firm in the pocket. Gabbert has struggled to stand in the face of a pass rush and deliver passes downfield in his first two seasons.
One positive statistic from Gabbert’s first two seasons is that he has a 21 to 17 touchdown-to-interception ratio. While Gabbert has not been reckless with decision-making, he has often been too cautious and tentative. This timid play has hindered the production and development of the Jaguars’ offense over the past two seasons.
These deficiencies in Gabbert’s game can be traced back to a lack of confidence for the young signal caller. With all the physical tools that Gabbert has, the only things that may be holding him back are his lack of confidence, and the absence of elite playmakers surrounding him.
Adjusting to the professional-level mentally is a process that is very difficult for all young quarterbacks. However, after two seasons in the league, 2013 may be Gabbert’s last opportunity to prove he is the future of the Jaguars franchise.
For Gabbert and the Jaguars to succeed in 2013, the quarterback must have self-confidence and trust his arm in crucial situations.