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Is Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Blaine Gabbert Soft or Courageous?

December 21st, 2011 at 5:48 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

Not everyone thinks rookie Blaine Gabbert looks soft and timid in the pocket.

For Jacksonville Jaguars interim head coach Mel Tucker, it's quite the opposite. 

Tucker said that Gabbert has been "courageous" and "super tough" in the pocket recently. 

“I see Blaine as being courageous in the pocket. I see him as being super tough," Tucker said. "I see him being very, very competitive and my feeling is that his teammates and his coaches feel the same way.”

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky wrote on Tuesday that Tucker's comment was a bunch of BS, claiming that Tucker was using reverse psychology. 

Tough to argue with Kuharsky on that one.

It's to hard to imagine anyone with significant experience around the game, such as Tucker, believing that Gabbert has actually been standing in the pocket with toughness. 

Gabbert has been the skiddish throughout the year and really hasn't shown much progression in that department. As we've written about here many times, he appears to be afraid of contact. 

Now, in fairness to Gabbert, he has had poor blocking up front and is surrounded by arguably the worst group of receivers in the NFL. He had the best game of his career a couple of weeks ago against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that doesn't say much at this point after watching what Tony Romo did to them last week.

Gabbert's lack of progression is concerning and this has been a wasted season to evaluate him because of the lack of help surrounding him. 

What is more concerning than Gabbert's lack of comfort in the pocket is the fact that Tucker is saying that he looks tough there. Heroic maybe because he's lining up with Guy Whimper in front of him; that's a death wish. But not tough, not courageous. Either Tucker is full of coach speak, or he can't analyze the quarterback position. 


Tags: Blaine Gabbert, ESPN, Football, Guy Whimper, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Mel Tucker, NFL

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