But Gabbert will still be the man for the Jaguars, according to Del Rio.
“I would just say that, right now, Blaine's the quarterback," Del Rio said Monday. "He's doing some things that are pretty good at times and he's doing some things that he'll need to do better going forward. ”
Backup Luke McCown came in for the rookie and immediately led the Jaguars to a scoring drive but couldn’t complete the comeback, but that is irrelevant. The Jaguars are going to stick it out with Gabbert and let him finish off a dismal first season in the NFL.
Gabbert’s struggles have been well documented. He’s completed 48 percent of his passes and has thrown as many touchdowns (six) as he has interceptions.
The ineptitude of the offense—which is the worst in league—can’t all be blamed on Gabbert though. He’s struggled but his wide receivers have been awful, lacking the ability to catch the ball consistently or get open. Guy Whimper and the rest of the Jaguars’ pitiful offensive line have put Gabbert in tough situations too.
Gabbert starting the rest of the year shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. McCown has some poise that Gabbert lacks but switching quarterbacks would be like arranging deck chairs on the Titanic. The ship is going down no matter what.
At least with Gabbert starting, Jacksonville’s front office will be able to evaluate the rookie for the rest of the season to see if he is a guy that the team can win with.