Who Will Start at Quarterback for Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1?
It is only a few days away until the Jacksonville Jaguars kick off the 2013 NFL season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunately, the Jaguars still do not know who will man the most important position on the team. Who will start at quarterback for Jacksonville in Week 1?
Blaine Gabbert is whom the team wants to see line up under center, but he will be a game-time decision due to a broken thumb. The fact that he was limited in practice on Wednesday is certainly never a good sign. However, the Jaguars still believe he is their man so they will wait until Sunday to decide who will be the signal caller.
“We’ve got some decisions to make,” head coach Gus Bradley said, according to The Washington Post. “I know he feels better every day, so I think we’re going to have to get as much time as we can to evaluate this.”
Gabbert is optimistic that he will be able to suit up on game day. In fact, he is already mentally preparing for the Chiefs with the mindset that he will be the starter.
“You can’t worry about it,” Gabbert said, according to The Washington Post. “In practice you can’t worry about it because then you’re thinking about something that’s really not relevant when you’re going through a play, a progression and a read. I imagine on game day it won’t even be a thought in my mind. That’s something that’s taking your mind away from the goal at hand, which is executing the plays, scoring points and winning a football game. You’re not worried about a little nick you have here or there.”
Healthy or not, one thing is for certain, Gabbert must step up his game in 2013 if he is to remain the starter. The former first round pick (10th overall in 2011 NFL Draft) has plenty to prove to the organization and the fan base. Jacksonville wants to believe he is their man, but it is certainly frustrating when other young quarterbacks around the league are executing at a high level and he is not.
Some believe the team should crown Chad Henne the starter and be done with it, but he really is not much of an upgrade. The truth is Gabbert has shown improvement this summer, which transitioned over to preseason games. The Jaguars have to believe he is their man because they invested a lot in him. If he can stay healthy, there is a good chance he could surprise many this season, especially with a solid rushing attack behind him.