Inconsistencies at quarterback have been a staple for the Jacksonville Jaguars for many years. Ever since the fans in Jacksonville saw Mark Brunell under center, things have never been the same. Quarterbacks such as Byron leftwich, Quinn Gray, Todd Bouman, and even David Garrard have been unable to get the job done. With the 10th pick in 2011 NFL draft, the Jags selected Blaine Gabbert out of Missouri to potentially be their franchise quarterback. But once again, that remains to be seen.
In 2011, Gabbert started 14 games under center, and finished the season with an abysmal 50.8 completion percentage while dishing out 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Moving ahead to 2012 it did not fare any better for the young quarterback. Through only 10 games, Gabbert had a completion percentage of 58.3 which was slightly better than a year ago, and threw 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. With little improvement the Jags brought in former dolphins quarterback Chad Henne. Taking over for Gabbert and gaining 5 starts of his own, Henne finished the season with a completion percentage of 53.9 and threw 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
That brings us to the 2013 season, and the Jags possibilities. Training camp is underway, and Henne and Gabbert are splitting time with the first team offense. With new head coach Gus Bradley and new general manager Dave Caldwell choosing to stay away from a quarterback in this year’s draft, the two underperforming QB’s are the Jags main viable options. With Gabbert now coming into his third year in the league, it is still a question as to how comfortable he is inside the pocket. Botched snaps and a weakness under pressure have been a huge problem for the ex-Missouri Tiger and something he will have to overcome if he plans on starting week 1. Henne on the other hand has shown flashes of a QB that can lead this Jaguars offense. A word I have used early and often is consistency, and Henne will have to show that for Bradley to gain confidence in the veteran QB.
Although camps are just underway, the 2 way battle under center is already heating up. The Jags open up pre-season action against the Miami dolphins on August 9th, and the Jags coaching staff is desperately hoping for 1 of these quarterbacks to take charge.