With Blaine Gabbert continuing to show he’s one of the worst quarterbacks in the league, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio had seen enough today to yank Gabbert out of the game and insert Luke McCown to finish up Jacksonville’s 20-13 loss to the Texans.
But that change, Del Rio said, won’t be permanent. He said after the game that Gabbert is still his starting quarterback.
“Blaine is our starting quarterback until I tell you otherwise," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio told reporters after the game, via the AP.
“Offensively, we just are struggling to generate enough productivity to have any fun. It’s tough to win in this league when you’re not scoring. ... We are working hard at it, but we are just not making enough plays.”
Del Rio clearly is on his last legs in the Jacksonville organization, and at this point, it probably doesn’t matter who he throws out there to start at quarterback since the Jaguars are going nowhere. But for the long-term health of the franchise, the organization has to know if Gabbert can recover from his poor start. He’s completing 48.5 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and six interceptions and he’s averaging 137 yards per game with a 62.2 quarterback rating.
Simply put, Gabbert has to do a better job.
"I know my position on this football team," said Gabbert. "I know what I have to do to win games, plain and simple, and I'm not doing that right now."
No, he’s not, and if he doesn’t improve, he could find himself in a precarious position. Assuming Del Rio is fired, Gabbert will have to do enough to impress the new coaching staff. Because there’s little chance that a quarterback who’s not cut out for the NFL will ever play for a coaching staff which thinks he’s worthless.
Unless his name is Tim Tebow, of course.
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