Early on in my still-young blogging career, I wrote for SBNation's Big Cat Country. The lead manager there, Alfie Crow, is one of the more opinionated Jaguars writers out there, including print newspapers, Jaguars.com, etc. I often disagree with him, but his recent piece detailing why the Jaguars will likely gear up for Gabbert again in 2013 is dead on.
Blaine Gabbert is currently on pace to throw for 3,000+ yards, 18 touchdowns and around 12-13 interceptions, which is about average in terms of NFL standards. Gabbert also looks noticeably better than he did his rookie season, but he was also atrocious as a rookie. -Alfie Crow
I encourage you to follow the link above to Crow's article and give it a thorough read through, but the gist of it is Gabbert is the best option on the table for the Jaguars, and that includes the potential to draft a QB in the draft.no comments
Blaine Gabbert left last night's game with an injury, making room for backup quarterback Chad Henne to take a shot at running the offense. In his limited time, Henne looked comfortable and through the ball all over the field. Blaine Gabbert will likely be ready to play next week physically, but Mike Mularkey should use Gabbert's injury to his advantage.no comments
At halftime, the Jaguars trail the Colts 3 to 17, and the big difference in the game hasn't been in respect to the two teams' quarterbacks.
Blaine Gabbert has played well to this point, as has Andrew Luck. Both quarterbacks have similar numbers, but Andrew Luck has been helped more by the rest of his team than Gabbert has.
It's at this point that I'd like to address the officiating so far in the game. There's been a ton of outcry on Twitter, but if you look at each close play, the refs were probably right. The fumble was a fumble, the fourth and inches touchdown did look like a touchdown, and Cecil Shorts III didn't complete the process of catching the football on third and long. In short, the refs have been pretty solid considering the number of close calls.
Worth noting: The Jaguars trailed the Colts 14 to 3 at halftime of their matchup in Indianapolis in September.no comments
The Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts tonight in a game that seemingly only matters to the Colts. At 5-3, Indianapolis is in the thick of the AFC wildcard race, and they're Jacksonville's most hated team. The Jaguars would need to win out and get plenty of help to make the playoffs. At 1-7, it's just not going to happen. Tonight's game is all about doing damage to Indianapolis' playoff hopes. The Jaguars' postseason hopes may have been dashed a couple of weeks ago, but they can still play for pride.
Thoughts and comments throughout the game below.no comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Detroit Lions today at 1PM EST. Thoughts and comments below.no comments
This has been a rough season for Jaguars fans, and my predictions for this team's success have been next to useless. That being the case, I've seen a lot to like from Blaine Gabbert over the past couple of weeks, and the Jaguars are catching the Detroit Lions at the right time.
Calvin Johnson, by far the Lions' biggest threat on offense, could be out against the Jaguars, and even if he's not, his actions will likely be somewhat limited.
The Lions defense has a tough front four, but the backend is susceptible to big plays, something the Jaguars have begun to see over the past couple of weeks. This could be another big game for Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars offense.
It's for all the above reasons that I'm actually going to make a game prediction this week (something I don't think I've done all season). Jaguars 24, Lions 17.no comments