Silence is Golden for JDR

Posted: November 17, 2011 in Jacksonville Jaguars
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I don’t blame Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio for deciding to no longer talk about the development of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the pass-catching woes of Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis.

As my mama used to say, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, then don’t say anything.”

I’m serious when I say I don’t blame Del Rio. He’s smart enough to know how insincere it sounds when he praises Gabbert and Lewis. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but Gabbert looks no better now than he did in his first start. If anything, he seems to be going backwards. Lewis’ pass-catching problems have reached the point that the Jaguars have almost quit throwing to him.

Everyone says Lewis is physically healthy and working hard. If that’s the case, then he’s developed a mental block when the ball is headed his way. In case you’re wondering, the Jaguars say they don’t have a “mental coach” as some golfers and baseball players have. Maybe in the macho world of the NFL “mental coaches” are seen as a lack of toughness.

Gabbert’s problems are more diverse.

Is he struggling to make the transition from being a “spread” quarterback in college to a pocket passer in the NFL?

Is it a lack of overall experience at the position? He started two years at Missouri, leaving after his junior season. He wasn’t redshirted which means he was playing high school ball four years ago.

Is it the lack of playmaking receivers on the Jaguars?

Is it a matter of being overrated and overdrafted by the Jaguars? In other words, is Gabbert another Matt Leinart, who was the 10th overall pick five years ago?

Is it a combination of all of the above?

Of course it’s too early to make any final decisions about Gabbert as an NFL quarterback, but it isn’t too early for Jaguars fans to worry. When live in an age when many rookie quarterbacks have found success. We also live in an age when many high drafted QBs become costly mistakes for teams on the field and at the bank.

Will we see Gabbert take positive steps this week when the Jaguars play at Cleveland or will we see more inaccurate throws, confusion in the pocket and less than 100 passing yards?

My expectations are low. The Browns win, 17-13.


  1. Tampa Jack says:

    comes from spread offense, lack of playmaking receivers,overrated…..didn’t you just describe Tebow?

  2. Wyman says:

    Broncos win over Jets 17 to 13 as Tim Tebow scores on a 20 yard run with 58 seconds left in the game. Good thing the Jaguars did not draft Tebow, because the Jaguars would never have instituted a spread offense to give themselves a chance at the 4 victories the Tebow-led Denver Broncos have now. OR….Maybe the silent Jack Del Rio will try a spread-offense, for his spread-offense skilled quarterback, to see if two QB’s can play that game, when they play the Browns Sunday. No, won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

    Maybe Jaguar fans should get a Blaine Gabbert jersey with the name “Devil N. da Details” on the back to complement the Tebow, Jesus jersey. (Is it NFL legal, Lamm?) Afterall, didn’t Jack Del Rio say it’s the little things Gabbert has the most trouble with? Come on Jack, give us the spread-offense. You’re the head coach, you know? It’s your decision. What gives us the best chance to win? Pocket passing with a spread-offense QB or a spread-offense for a spread-offense QB.

    “Silence Is Golden” was a great Sixties song by the British band The Tremeloes, but Jack, before the Jaguars go down The Tubes…”Let’s Make Some Noise.” Otherwise, fans & Jaguars are headed for “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.”

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