The Blaine Gabbert era is all but dead in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley announced that Chad Henne will the team’s starting quarterback this week despite the fact that Gabbert is healthy and returned to practice this week. Despite the fact that Bradley refused to commit to a quarterback after the bye week, the writing for Gabbert’s career in Jacksonville appears to be on the wall.
Henne hasn’t led the Jaguars to any wins, but he has to this point in the season been the far more effective quarterback. While touchdowns have been eluding the Jaguars for most of the season, the team has at least been moving the ball with Henne under center which should eventually lead to more points.
With Gabbert remaining on the bench despite the fact that he is healthy may be a sign that the team is moving on from the third-year signal caller. This offseason the team attempted to give Gabbert one final chance to prove he was capable of being a franchise quarterback, but at this point it appears he is a bust.
I wouldn’t rule out Gabbert getting another chance to start later in the season though as Henne is more than capable of stringing together bad starts. However, Gabbert appears to not have a future with the Jaguars beyond the 2013 season.
The Jaguars currently have the inside track for the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft and at this point it is hard to envision a scenario in which they are not selecting a quarterback.
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