Jacksonville Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert Starting Preseason Opener is Disappointing, Not Surprising

By Ryan Heckman
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I am sorry Jacksonville Jaguars fans, really I am. I know what many of you are thinking about your team these days. Heading into the 2013 NFL season, the Jags could actually have a somewhat decent-looking offense — if they only had a brain.

Pardon the allusion there, but it makes sense. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been picked as the starter for the preseason opener Friday against the Miami Dolphins, beginning yet a third year in a row where the quarterback position is in question.

Gabbert has been given ‘one more chance’ by the coaching staff and management apparently, and Jags fans can’t be happier. Well, actually they could. But, that’s a completely different story.

With Gabbert starting, that means Chad Henne is again the backup. Henne performed well last year and seemed to be the one to strike a chemistry with rookie wideout Justin Blackmon and also assisted in Cecil Shorts showing what he’s made of.

The Jaguars also drafted Denard Robinson out of Michigan who will be used more as what they call an ‘offensive weapon.’ Robinson played quarterback in college, but his issues holding onto the ball forced him out of the position as a pro. It does kind of make you wonder though, what if he were to be given a shot?

I know, all the Jaguar homers are done reading this. But, hey, it couldn’t get much worse than Gabbert could it?

Don’t answer that.

In any event, Gabbert gets the start and will likely play out the season in that position barring an injury. Maybe after this year the Jags will finally try to address the quarterback spot in a serious manner. A fan can only hope, right?

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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