To say the Jacksonville Jaguars performed poorly in their defeat Sunday would be an understatement. Placing blame on one individual seems harsh. Jacksonville’s defense surrendered 28 points against the Kansas City Chiefs. This contest, however, demonstrates the continued shortcomings of Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Their third-year starter struggled mightily while completing 16-of-35 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions.
A big frame and solid arm strength gave potential for an exciting NFL prospect. Even though he admirably started with a fractured thumb, there were simply too many poor throws. As bad as things appear from a competitive standpoint, their morale may be even worse.
Various media reports state that home fans left well before the game ended. This development is something that should concern owner Shad Kahn. Teams can struggle, but when fan bases lose faith, that creates serious problems. Looking long-term relocation could be an option. Under Gabbert, the result has been a lackluster 5-20 record. As Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s career enters its latter stages, there becomes added importance on contending. At 24, some would say that Gabbert has time to develop. There just seems to be no way of making him better. Therefore, Kahn may want to call Florida’s hero.
After free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow was released by the New England Patriots, popular opinion says he is likely done. Of course, success has come as Tebow led the 1-4 Denver Broncos to a Playoff appearance. His mobility and arm strength make him intriguing. What causes concern is Tebow’s 47.9% completion rate. Mechanics also worry NFL experts, but if this team is going nowhere, there is nothing to lose. I am not saying Tebow could serve as their franchise quarterback, however, he could create interest. They need ticket sales while transitioning to another future signal caller.