Leadership tends to be a characteristic not every football player possesses. I don't think it is one of those traits you can coach, it's either you have it or you don't. From day one, Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been a model citizen on and off the football field in the city of Jacksonville. In his young career, he's shown a very impressive work ethic, and spends countless hours in the film room with other players and coaches trying to get better. Gabbert, who is now entering his second season, is embracing that leadership role that all great NFL Quarterbacks have to have.
in 2011, Gabbert had a disappointing first year in the NFL. His completion percentage was a mere 50%, and he threw almost as many interceptions as he did touchdowns. Not even into the 2012 Jaguars official training camp, Gabbert has caught the eyes of his fellow teammates and coaches. Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was on record saying Blaine is a "different guy" this year. Knighton also added, "He's taking charge on the field, from where I'm watching" (Continue reading this post…)
The whole offense is learning a new system under first year Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey, so it's been a process for the entire team. Working on improving footwork and machanics will be one of Gabbert's biggest challenges this offseason, but all indications are that Gabbert is benefiting from having an offseason in which he didn't have last season.
Now that Gabbert has 14 career starts under his belt, I'm expecting a new found confidence from Jacksonville's signal caller. Once the new offense is installed, Gabbert should be able to take full command of the huddle, bring out the best of his surrounding teammates abilities, and be the teams franchise quarterback they drafted him to be. It will be an interesting camp to say the least. Gabbert's body language, comfort in press conferences and practices will be closely examined all summer long.
As Jones-Drew continues to miss OTA's because of future contract negotiations, a new face of the franchise might be emerging.
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