QB Blaine Gabbert - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-4, 234||Born: 10-15-1989||College: Missouri||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2011|
2018 Week 1 vs MIA (11 / 22 / 117 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert was thrust into the game early in the second half due to an elbow injury sustained by Marcus Mariota. Gabbert completed just 50 percent of his pass attempts while throwing an interception. He did not look sharp in this limited playing time and may need to start next week depending on Mariota's injury status.
2018 Week 2 vs HOU (13 / 20 / 117 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert was named the starter in a game-time decision for the Titans this week with Mariota sidelined due to injury. Gabbert had a very quiet game with a run-heavy game script. He threw only nine passes in the first half, with his highlight of the game coming on their second drive where Gabbert completed a short pass to Taywan Taylor that was taken to the house for an 18-yard touchdown. Gabbert got a break midway through the third quarter as he side-armed a screen pass to Rishard Matthews that was nearly thrown backward which would have resulted in a Texans touchdown, but the pass was indeed barely moving forwards and ruled incomplete. When it mattered, Gabbert made the throws required to help move the chains throughout this game. He would, however, almost make a critical mistake on the Titans' final drive as Gabbert had a pass batted back into his own hands, scrambled more, and attempted to throw a second pass. This, of course, would result in a penalty--but it could have been much worse as the Titans were within field goal range. Gabbert would help make up for it on the next play by completing a screen pass to Corey Davis that was taken 18 yards for a big first down to set up the game-winning field goal.
2018 Week 3 vs JAX (1 / 3 / 8 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert received the start in place of an injured Marcus Mariota, but he attempted only three passes before taking a massive hit resulting in a concussion and potential injury to his throwing arm. Gabbert would not return to the game and was replaced by Mariota.
2018 Week 11 vs IND (11 / 16 / 118 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert entered in relief of the injured Marcus Mariota just before halftime and would play at quarterback for the rest of the game. The Titans were already down 24-0, so Gabbert inherited a tough situation made even tougher by his poor play, as Gabbert did basically nothing until the last drive where he gained 62 of his 118 passing yards in pure garbage time with a number of back-ups in for the Colts defense. Gabbert made some nice throws downfield on his way to capping off this drive with a well-lofted fade to Tajae Sharpe from the one-yard line. Gabbert did have one ugly interception in the third quarter as well, tossing the ball straight into the arms of Colts linebacker Darius Leonard as no other Titans receiver seemed to even be in the vicinity.
2018 Week 16 vs WAS (7 / 11 / 101 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert was forced into action just before halftime in relief of the injured Marcus Mariota. Gabbert ended up playing his best half of football this season as he did enough to keep the Titans in the game while leading the 75-yard touchdown drive that would inevitably win the game. To start that drive, Gabbert threw a strike to Taywan Taylor for 35 yards, the longest play of the day for the Titans offense. Gabbert followed this up by almost throwing a touchdown pass to tight end MyCole Pruitt, but it was about a foot too far for Pruitt to haul in despite being behind the secondary. Gabbert would find Pruitt just a few plays later though, wide open in the end zone from two yards out on what would be his easiest completion of the day due to blown coverage.
2018 Week 17 vs IND (18 / 29 / 165 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert started in place of the injured Marcus Mariota and was entirely ineffective at leading the Titans offense. He completed just 18 of 29 attempts as Gabbert either threw into heavy coverage or was off target in many of his incompletions. When Gabbert did find his receivers, they were typically near the line of scrimmage as he rarely pushed the ball downfield outside of a couple passes to Corey Davis. His one touchdown pass went to Luke Stocker on a well-designed play that faked the entire Colts defense one way while Stocker was left wide open to easily run in for a touchdown from the short reception. Gabbert would throw a back-breaking interception near midfield in the fourth quarter, basically throwing right to defender Kenny Moore who made the easy pick who returned it into Titans territory. His second interception came shortly afterward as Gabbert threw yet another ball behind his receiver with Darius Leonard making the easy interception to close this game out.
2017 Week 11 vs HOU (22 / 34 / 257 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Before the last two drives, Gabbert played effectively enough. He never truly challenged the defense, and was high on a lot of passes, but managed to move the offense and find the end zone three times. But Gabbert's last two drives both resulted in interceptions, the first of which effectively put the game out of reach. It is fair for the Cardinals to want an extended look at Gabbert to see how successful he may be as a stopgap, but any expectation beyond that is foolish.
2017 Week 12 vs JAX (22 / 38 / 241 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 17 / 0 rush)
Gabbert's play for much of Sunday did not match his late game heroics, missing on a lot of easy throws while benefitting from a plenty of luck, but credit must be given when due and Gabbert's 4th-quarter game tying, and winning, drives were both worthy of praise. Gabbert's second touchdown of the day, his 52-yard bomb to Jaron Brown, came just as the Jaguars had captured their first lead and the game's momentum. But Gabbert's deep ball swung both back in the Cardinals direction, giving way for the back-and-forth finish we were all treated to. Gabbert's game winning drive benefited from truly baffling clock management from the Jaguars' head coach, but also featured two gorgeous sideline throws allowing the team to get right to the edge of Phil Dawson's new career-best range. The local narrative around Gabbert has become a bit odd, with fans so desperate for a young quarterback worth latching on to, mistakes are often covered for and quality plays are often amplified beyond their worth, but in his two starts Gabbert has looked serviceable, which for now makes for an acceptable start. He clearly is not the future franchise quarterback, but he may very well be an acceptable bridge.
2017 Week 13 vs LAR (18 / 32 / 221 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
For those few Cardinals fans still holding out hope the team had their Quarterback of the future in Blaine Gabbert, Sunday had to remove all doubt. Gabbert was downright awful, throwing an interception on the team's first play, setting the tone for his and the offense's afternoon. Even as Blaine settled down and began to rebound, slightly, he often still required acrobatics from his receivers to complete any pass beyond five yards. His only really good throw of the day ended up in the hands of Larry Fitzgerald for the team's only passing touchdown of the day, a quick little inside post from 20-yards out that was placed right on his receivers hands. Blaine gives an admirable effort, and for a team likely in transition at the position this offseason, he is a acceptable bridge, but the more opportunity Gabbert has, the worse he's stock has looked.
2017 Week 14 vs TEN (17 / 26 / 178 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
Nothing about Gabbert's performance on Sunday suggested the Cardinals should have walked away with a victory, but poor play by the opponent coupled with a truly mystifying coaching decision provided just enough wind in the Cardinals sails to see them pull off a close win. Gabbert was his usual mediocre self, missing open receivers, narrowly avoiding interceptions and running out of perfectly clean pockets, but connected on enough passes to continuously move his team into field goal range in the second half, sadly the difference in the game. There was no great pass or momentous offensive drive, it was simply a game where the Titans offensive incompetence was slightly worse than the Cardinals, and the Cardinals' defense was able to capitalize on mistakes the Titan's defense could not.
2017 Week 15 vs WAS (16 / 41 / 189 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
For the second straight week the Cardinals offense was unable to find the end zone, instead going a perfect 5-5 in field goal opportunities. Unlike last week, however, those field goals proved not enough in overcoming an opponent that is nearly as anemic. At the center of the struggles was QB Blaine Gabbert, whose sub-50% completion percentage and fewer than 5-yards per attempt average stalled the offense all afternoon. As has been the case all season, there was blame to be spread around. The offensive line struggled to protect and aside from Fitzgerald, the offensive weapons leave much to be desired, but Gabbert's struggles were too apparent to be ignored. He missed on touchdowns and first downs, fumbled early leading to a quick Washington touchdown, and failed to convert a single red zone opportunity. Simply put, he is still the same Blaine Gabbert he has always been, despite how many flowery quotes Coach Arians uses when speaking about him. His one true great ball of the day, a 41-yard bomb to J.J. Nelson coming off a play-action roll-out, was immediately followed by a stall-out red zone drive resulting in one of the team's many field goals.
2016 Week 1 vs LA (22 / 35 / 170 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 43 / 0 rush)
The box score might say he ended up with a respectable 63 percent completion percentage, but Gabbert's throws were erratic for the entire game, wildly alternating between perfectly placed threaded needles and missing the broad side of a barn. In the first quarter alone, he skipped his first pass and then badly overthrew Jeremy Kerley on a wide-option would be touchdown. He also threw at least three passes that should have been picked off. The reason Gabbert's completion percentage was respectable despite constant misfires is because he spent the whole game dinking and dunking: According to Pro Football Focus, Gabbert's average pass traveled only 5.7 yards in the air, which ranked 28th this week. As a runner, Gabbert mainly took what the defense gave him, scrambling five times in the first half because Rams linebackers completely vacated the middle of the field. Once the defense adjusted, Gabbert stayed put. On designed read-option runs, he gained only 6 yards on 3 carries.
2016 Week 2 vs CAR (17 / 36 / 243 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)
Another week, another game with Gabbert's erratic accuracy on full display. He once again went -- almost at random -- from throwing perfectly placed downfield passes one drive, to wildly missing open receiver after open receiver on the next drive. A perfect example of this was a seven-play stretch while the 49ers were trying to mount a late comeback. First, Gabbert threaded a 15-yard pass between two defenders, hitting Vance McDonald in stride for what would become a 75-yard touchdown. On the first play of San Francisco's next drive, Gabbert beautifully lofted the ball over two defenders 25 yards down the middle of the field for what would have been another 75-yard touchdown had McDonald not dropped it. On the very next play, Gabbert threw into double coverage for an interception. After three incompletions to start their next drive (two bad passes and one drop), Gabbert threw behind Torrey Smith 15 yards downfield, which resulted in another interception.
2016 Week 3 vs SEA (14 / 25 / 119 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
Gabbert's performance was foreshadowed by the first play of the game. After a full week of preparation, San Francisco lined up with an empty backfield, and Gabbert ran a read-option. Read that again. He ran a read-option without a running back...on the first play of the game! Perhaps charitably, Cian Fahey surmised Gabbert may have forgotten to signal for a presnap shift to get someone into the backfield. Whatever the cause of this mishap, it wasn't a good look. For the ensuing 55 plays, Gabbert was even more inaccurate with his passes than usual. At least three times, his erratic arm forced a receiver with open spaces in front of him on a crossing route make an unnecessarily difficult catch, which negated said yards-after-catch possibility. One of these, a third quarter pass to Quinton Patton, resulted in an interception. Another -- for the second straight week -- exposed Garrett Celek to a vicious hit to his back.
2016 Week 4 vs DAL (16 / 23 / 196 / 1 / 1 pass, 12 / 27 / 0 rush)
Another erratic showing from Gabbert's arm prevented a bigger game on the stat sheet. He made a jaw-droppingly great throw to Garrett Celek for 29 yards in the 3rd quarter, but a jaw-droppingly awful throw on a touchdown-turned-interception in the 4th quarter. He constantly failed to hit receivers in stride on crossing routes. Except for the throw to Celek, his completions required receivers to be wide open (at least by NFL standards). And sometimes even then, he still skipped the ball to them like a lakeside rock. The only thing different about this game from any other was that Gabbert ran the ball more often than usual. This was because Dallas played the read-option by having their defensive end crash towards Carlos Hyde nearly every time, thereby signaling Gabbert to keep the ball over and over. The problem was that the second part of Dallas' strategy was to have a linebacker -- usually Sean Lee -- spy Gabbert at the second level. Instead of there being wide open running lanes off tackle, they quickly vanished, resulting in a Lee tackle.
2016 Week 5 vs ARI (18 / 31 / 162 / 1 / 2 pass, 10 / 70 / 1 rush)
Just like last week, when Gabbert's first pass foreshadowed a game-long battle against his own right arm, he wildly otherthrew a wide-open Garrettt Celek 20 yards downfield on San Francisco's first offensive play. A miss two drives later was even worse: Rod Streater was wide open on a deep post in the middle of the field with no safety over the top. It was a guaranteed touchdown, but Gabbert threw a rocket at least five feet over Streater's head. His second interception was a repeat of last week's decision to try an impossible throw on an intermediate out route to Celek, except this time his pass was intended for Jeremy Kerley and was caught by a defender. The reason? When you try impossible throws, there's no margin for error. Last week, he made a perfect throw. This week, it was too short and too inside. One of Gabbert's other bad habits reappeared against Arizona: happy feet. Other than a few failures to pick up a Cardinals blitz, San Francisco's offensive line did fine in pass protection against standard four-man rushes. Nevertheless, Gabbert repeatedly took off prematurely time and again. The 49ers run so much read-option that Gabbert's rushing totals are necessarily going to be higher than most quarterbacks. Outside of a garbage-time touchdown when he kept the ball on such a play, that wasn't the case this week as most of his "runs" were actually scrambles. One would like to point out a few positives in Gabbert's performance, but there really weren't any.
2016 Week 13 vs CHI (4 / 10 / 35 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Gabbert entered the game on the 49ers' first drive of the fourth quarter. Given that it was garbage time, he fared better than Colin Kaepernick, but only marginally. He was sacked once in one quarter rather than five times in three quarters. He completed 40 percent of his passes in garbage time rather than 20 percent in non-garbage time. If there's anything positive to say about Gabbert's performance, it's that his stat line was the victim of several drops. On consecutive plays during his first drive, both Torrey Smith and Vance McDonald flat-out dropped perfectly thrown passes. Of course, maybe they would have caught those passes if not for the 49ers' powers-that-be choosing to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.
2015 Week 9 vs ATL (15 / 25 / 185 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 32 / 0 rush)
Regarding Gabbert's performance, a certain off-color line from a certain car-cleaning scene in a certain Tarantino movie comes to mind. Did he do his job effectively? Yes. Should we be overly congratulatory? Based on the favorable game script and Atlanta's toothless pass rush, the answer is no. There was nothing that Gabbert did that Colin Kaepernick couldn't have done -- and hasn't already previously done -- in the same circumstance, right down to the scrambling; well, except for one thing. There were several plays, including his 11-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Celek, in which Gabbert made an anticipatory throw that Kaepernick likely wouldn't have made. In short, there were several instances where Gabbert did a much better job of trusting the play and trusting his receivers than the 2015 version of Kaepernick exhibited. Still, it's no secret that Gabbert's weakness has always been epic failure under pocket pressure. In this game, he faced hardly any of it. The true test of any Gabbert-rises-from-the-ashes mythos will come when he faces stronger pass-rushing opponents in the future (e.g., at Seattle after the bye).
2015 Week 11 vs SEA (22 / 34 / 264 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)
On the heels of what Arizona did to Seattle's pass defense last week, Gabbert's performance -- at least in terms of yardage -- is more further indication that the Seahawks are in a funk than it is an indication that going to Gabbert was the correct decision by San Francisco's coaches. That said, Gabbert did aa least four things better than the Colin Kaepernick of recent vintage. First, despite being the victim of relentless pressure from Seattle's pass rush, Gabbert only took two sacks and turned disasters into big gains on several occassions. Second, and somewhat relatedly, although Gabbert's deep accuracy was comically bad at times, he showed a willingness to push the ball downfield when the opportunity arose. Indeed, 97 of his 264 passing yards came on throws that traveled at least 15 yards in the air, including San Francisco's two longest gains of the game. Third, on a 36-yard completion to Vance McDonald in the third quarter, part of the reason why McDonald was so wide open down the left sideline was because Gabbert held the safety by initially fixing his gaze to the right side. Finally, and most importantly going forward, Gabbert showed that his 49ers offense won't become completely non-functional if the team gets down big early.
2015 Week 12 vs ARI (25 / 36 / 318 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Gabbert had a very similar game to last week's surprisingly-not-awful performance at Seattle, so this is now two weeks in a row -- against above-average pass defenses, no less -- that Gabbert's shown the offense he leads won't crawl into a hole and die when the team is behind. That said, "erratic" is a good way to describe the details. He threaded needles on some passes (mainly to Boldin), but missed wildly on others (mainly to Patton). He showed a willingness to throw deep, but also threw checkdowns (at least) four times on 3rd-and-long. Perhaps the only thing Gabbert did that was consistent from start to finish was deftly avoiding an immense amount of pressure in the pocket. On several occasions, he even turned that pressure into big plays by rolling out to his right, and then throwing back left.
2015 Week 13 vs CHI (18 / 32 / 196 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 75 / 1 rush)
Gabbert produced the play of the season for San Francisco by making the throw of the season, a 44-yard rainbow strike to Torrey Smith, who ran the final 27 yards for a game-winning touchdown in overtime. But here's the thing: Prior to that throw, Gabbert had completed only 17 of 31 passes for only 125 yards, which translates to only 4.03 yards per attempt. And factoring the four sacks for -26 yards that he had taken to that point, Gabbert's net yards per attempt before the last play was only 2.83. In short, if all you saw from this game was the final highlight, you'd never realize this was actually a vintage Blaine Gabbert performance -- at least as a passer. Where he continued to show improvement over his Jaguars-era form was with respect to his newfound ability to escape pressure and salvage plays when the protection breaks down. This produced his game-tying, 44-yard touchdown run near the end of regulation, along with 31 yards on five other scrambles. More importantly, it also produced several pass plays that had no business gaining positive yardage given Chicago's pressure. Two such plays were a 5-yard completion despite defensive end Jarvis Jenkins having him dead to rights for a sack, and a dumpoff to Shaun Draughn for 26 yards just as he was getting hit by nose tackle Eddie Goldman.
2015 Week 14 vs CLE (18 / 28 / 194 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
Gabbert's poor performance was portended on San Francisco's first drive of the game. On first down, he threw behind an open Quinton Patton on a quick slant. On second down, he scrambled after play action produced no one open, but inexplicably ran out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage rather than throwing the ball away. And on third down, he overthrew Patton on a 15-yard out route. Midway through the second quarter, Gabbert's Jaguars-era happy feet returned, and it was downfill from there. He took two more sacks of the "leisurely trot out of bounds behind the line" variety, missed Shaun Draughn on a wide-open dumpoff, and prevented Draughn from gaining any yards after the catch on another wide-open dumpoff by throwing it at his knees. The only thing that mitigates Gabbert's awfulness against the Browns was that his teammates did him no favors: 1) His offensive line blew blocks in pass protection with regularity; 2) Bruce Ellington dropped a wide-open deep out in the first quarter that would have resulted in first down inside the Browns' 20-yard line; 3) Jerome Simpson failed to adjust his route on a third-down blitz, thereby ending another drive just outside the red zone; and 4) a 35-yard completion to Patton was nullified due to Patton's own illegal motion penalty.
2015 Week 15 vs CIN (30 / 50 / 295 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
This game was yet another instance of Gabbert's stats -- both good and bad -- not being a true reflection of his performance. Regarding his three interceptions, none were his fault. The first two resulted from Vance McDonald's hands turning to the dark side. The third came in a situation where Gabbert correctly erred on the side of aggression down 10 points late in the fourth quarter, but Jerome Simpson erred on the side of passivity, allowing safety Shawn Williams to steal a touchdown away from him as he waited for the ball rather than attacking it. Regarding the four sacks he took and the constant pressure he faced, Gabbert was yet again the victim of awful pass protection, especially by linemen who have been thrust into outsized duty because of injury. All of that said, 295 yards, a touchdown pass, and a 60.0% completion percentage sound better than they actually look on film. Gabbert missed badly on several short throws, his touchdown pass was due to failed coverage, and over 80 percent of his yards came when Cincinnati's defense was in "prevent mode" (i.e., in 3rd-and-long, protecting a 2-score lead, or both).
2015 Week 16 vs DET (22 / 33 / 225 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
The 102.2 passer rating looks good, but this was another typical Gabbert performance with the 49ers: Short passes galore, but inexplicable inaccuracy on some of them; and dealing well with pressure up to a point, but getting happy feet and seeing ghosts after that point. For every picture-perfect, second-quarter throw to Vance McDonald in stride, there's a dumpoff to Bruce Miller on the next drive that's well wide of the mark. For every 9-yard scramble that makes something out of nothing, there's a premature scramble in the face of phantom pressure that makes nothing out of something. For every deep dime to Bruce Ellington, there's a deep whatever-the-opposite-of-a-dime-is to Quinton Patton. These inconsistencies are why we get confusing results like Gabbert throwing for 8.8 yards per attempt while the game was close (14/21/185/2/0), but only 3.3 yards per attempt (8/12/40/0/0) against Detroit's prevent defense. They're also why Gabbert's the definition of a low-ceiling quarterback.
2015 Week 17 vs LA (28 / 44 / 354 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 7 / 0 rush)
Wait a second: Gabbert threw for over 350 yards in this game? Girl, you know it's true. The thing is that 244 of those yards came on only eight pass plays, and five of those eight were successful for reasons other than Gabbert himself. Example No. 1: On his 33-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin, the defender fell down at the top of the route. Example No. 2: Quinton Patton's 33-yard catch and run in overtime was the result of a negative-2-yard catch, and a 35-yard run. Example No. 3: DuJuan Harris' 31-yard reception came on a screen pass. Example No. 4: Torrey Smith's 31-yard reception doesn't happen unless cornerback Janoris Jenkins slips on the turf in coverage. Example No. 5: Gabbert's overtime pass to Vance McDonald resulted in a 24-yard gain thanks to 24 yards of run-after-the-catch. All in all, that's 154 passing yards of which Gabbert had zero to minimal influence. He threw for 354 against the Rams, so this math leaves 200 yards outstanding. And yes, Gabbert gets credit for manufacturing most, if not all, of it. That includes perhaps the signature play of the 49ers' season: Gabbert's desperation heave to Boldin for 27 yards after narrowly -- miraculously, even! -- escaping the Rams' pass rush with two minutes left in fourth quarter.
2014 Week 7 vs DEN (3 / 7 / 38 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Gabbert led the team's final drive against the Broncos second team. With a short field and a subpar defense, he was able to lead the team to a meaningless touchdown. All but one of his completed passes went to Bruce Ellington, who beat his man badly on a post for the 20 yard touchdown.
2013 Week 1 vs KC (16 / 35 / 121 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
The Jaguars' quarterback was overmatched by the Chiefs' defense. The front seven was consistently getting pressure on Gabbert, but he wasn't doing enough to make that an excuse for his performance. His eyes consistently fell when pressure was coming and his accuracy was very poor at times. Gabbert didn't impose himself positively on the game in any way. He was intercepted on his second drive, when he and Cecil Shorts weren't on the same page. Gabbert's second interception was unforgivable, as he threw it straight to Tamba Hali in the flat for an easy touchdown.
2013 Week 4 vs IND (17 / 32 / 179 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Gabbert's first throw back from his injury absence was very impressive. He fit the ball into a very tight window as Cecil Shorts ran a deep in route between two defenders on third and long. It was a throw that made fans think something may have changed. A statement throw maybe. Alas, it wasn't to be. On the very next play Gabbert was intercepted. He tried to find Shorts again down the sideline, but his backshoulder throw was inaccurate and lacked velocity. That allowed Vontae Davis to react and tip the ball to himself for the turnover. Early in the second quarter, Gabbert forced a ball to Shorts underneath. Davis again was able to tip the pass and Darius Butler caught it before bringing it back the other way for a touchdown. Similarly, Gabbert's third and final interception saw him force the ball into too tight of a window late in the fourth quarter. Gabbert is playing on a bad team, but that doesn't excuse his poor play. He's simply not the answer in Jacksonville and that's abundantly clear.
2013 Week 5 vs STL (9 / 19 / 181 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Gabbert found Justin Blackmon for a touchdown early in the game, but that was a simple throw on a play that saw the Rams' secondary blow a coverage. Soon after he missed a wide open Cecil Shorts for what would have been a big gain, before he threw a horrible interception that was returned for a touchdown. In the third quarter, the Jaguars blocked a punt to give them excellent field position. Gabbert found Clay Harbor over the middle of the field to bring them to the goal line, but that was the highlight of the drive. Gabbert threw a few horrible passes at the goal line before throwing an interception into double coverage on fourth and goal at the two yard line. Not only did they not score what would have been an important touchdown, they also gave up the excellent field position that would have come with an incompletion. On the next drive, Gabbert should have been intercepted again as he lofted a terrible pass towards a defensive back after scrambling out of the pocket. Chad Henne came in midway through the third quarter.
2012 Week 1 vs MIN (23 / 39 / 260 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 6 / 0 rush)
Gabbert looked much better than anyone could have expected based on his 2011 season. His offensive line kept him relatively safe (just two sacks, with a third by Jared Allen waived off due to offsides), he protected the ball well (no interception, one fumble lost) and threw two nice passes for touchdowns. On his toss to Cecil Shorts, a 39 yard pass, the receiver ran down the field with several yards of cushion between himself and the sideline with the coverage on the inside. Gabbert threw a deep pass to him, closer to the sideline where the defender had no chance to make a play. It was just a little behind Shorts, but still easily caught and carried in for a touchdown. The pass came with 20 seconds left and should have gotten the Jaguars a road win. Overall Gabbert showed good arm strength, poise and accuracy against a somewhat questionable Vikings secondary.
2012 Week 2 vs HOU (7 / 19 / 53 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Despite improvement in week 1, Blaine Gabbert continues to struggle under center for the Jaguars. He spent most of the afternoon alternately running for his life from the Texans pass rush or overthrowing his receivers. As in 2011, Gabbert's biggest deficiency seems to be the lack of accuracy necessary to consistently sustain drives at the professional level. Gabbert had a number of throws that were too low, too high, or simply out of the reach of his intended target. Gabbert mercifully left the game after suffering a leg injury. He posted a 9.6 quarterback rating on the day and completed only 7 of 19 passes for a woeful 2.8 yards per attempt. Curiously, Gabbert does not look nearly as skittish as he did in 2011. He more often stands tall in the pocket and looks above the pass rush but simply can not find the accuracy necessary to complete even short and mid-range throws. His best pass on the day came on a short touchdown throw to Maurice Jones-Drew. On the play, Gabbert patiently let the screen play develop and put nice touch on the ball so that Jones-Drew could catch it and turn upfield for the score.
2012 Week 3 vs IND (10 / 21 / 155 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Gabbert played a complementary role against the Colts as the Jaguars relied on the very productive running game. Gabbert completed his first two passes of the game, both short throws, but then his receivers began to drop the ball. Laurent Robinson dropped an accurate pass from Gabbert over the middle. Gabbert threw well to put it in position to help his receiver catch the football and avoid an impending hit. Justin Blackmon didn't help him when he dropped an easy slant route, fearing a hit from the incoming safety, and Gabbert then missed him on two deeper throws. Robert Mathis forced a fumble from Gabbert while he was in the pocket. While it was an outstanding play from Mathis,one that most defenders wouldn't make, Gabbert should have stepped higher into the pocket to take him out of the play completely. Gabbert was lucky not to be intercepted in the endzone when he floated a horrible pass towards Kevin Elliott. The pass was nowhere near his intended receiver who was trapped in double coverage. A matter of inches prevented the interception as Jerraud Powers' hand touched out of bounds before he could get his knee down. It was a horrible pass from Gabbert that appeared to get away from him. The throw came on play action in a max protection set, Gabbert's options were to force a throw that wasn't there or throw it away. He should have thrown it away. He responded with a well thrown pass but he and Elliott weren't on the same page as Elliott came out of his break after the ball had passed him. Flacco looked Elliott's way often and appeared to favour him over any other receiver. Gabbert didn't really unleash a deep pass until he absolutely had to late in the fourth quarter. Just after the Colts had taken the lead, Gabbert responded with a phenomenal pass to Cecil Shorts. Shorts ran a skinny post and was just behind a linebacker in zone coverage. Gabbert had a very tight window to hit shorts without giving up a potential interception. He threw a very accurate football with great velocity that allowed Shorts to catch in stride. Shorts carried the ball over fifty yards for the 80 yard game winning touchdown.
2012 Week 4 vs CIN (23 / 34 / 186 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
Gabbert had an up-and-down game against the Bengals. At times he looked confident by reading the coverage, making subtle moves in the pocket, and delivering a quality pass to his receivers. The passing offense functioned best when working from play-action and gaining yards on first and second downs. Early in the game, Gabbert drew the Cincinnati defensive line offside twice with his cadence. Gabbert managed to elude pressure on occasion with his scrambling ability, but later in the game, it took its toll. He was sacked six times on the day and turned the ball over twice. Gabbert fumbled on another occasion in the pocket, but it was luckily negated by a defensive penalty. When Jacksonville fell behind in the second half, the limitations of the passing game reared its ugly head. The short routes were covered tightly by the Cincinnati secondary and the lack of any downfield threat was very apparent. Even the weather didn't cooperate with the Jaguars comeback plans. A downpour with six minutes remaining halted a drive in its tracks. While Gabbert's mobility is a benefit to his fantasy value, the lack of weapons and the limitations of the offensive game plan hindered his production in this game.
2012 Week 5 vs CHI (17 / 33 / 142 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
It's starting to sound like a broken record to say that Blane Gabbert is an average quarterback who looks OK at times and then looks completely overwhelmed at others. The offensive line managed to hold the relentless Chicago defense to just three sacks in the game, but Gabbert was also responsible for three turn-overs, and it killed any momentum that the Jaguars were trying to build against a team that wasn't doing much until late in the third quarter. Gabbert opened the game completing just one of his first three passes for a short gain, and the Jaguars went three and out on their first two possessions. With four minutes left in the quarter, Gabbert put together a nice sustained drive, but it took three completions on third and eight or more to keep things moving. Justin Blackmon helped him out by finding a nice soft spot in the defense on 3rd and 14 where Blackmon went up high to get the ball and came down for a big 19 yard gain. Gabbert nearly missed on a pass to Cecil Shorts but Shorts hesitated just a bit and by the time he recovered, the ball was just out of his reach. It led to a field goal that tied up the game though. Jacksonville looked like they might take the lead just before the half, and they had driven down to the Chicago 21 with two minutes to go. Gabbert hit Shorts on a nice route down the right side of the field and Shorts made a great one-handed catch for a big 34 yard gain to get them in position. He also had a nice pas to Blackmon for 19 yards that was called back for a holding penalty. Despite all the positives though, on 2nd and 11, the Bears jumped the snap count and sacked Gabbert, stripping the ball and recovering the fumble. It killed the drive and the half ended in a tie. In the third quarter, Gabbert didn't even touch the ball until there was only 5:35 remaining. His first pass was a poor decision down the left side of the field, and Charles Tillman was happy to intercept the pass and return it for a touchdown. It was Tillman's second interception return for a TD in two weeks. Gabbert went one for two on the next drive and was sacked, nearly giving up a safety. Between a false start and a holding call, the Jaguars ran just five official plays in the third quarter - the pick-six, an incomplete, a five yard pass, a sack and a punt. In the 4th, Gabbert went into check-down mode, completing six passes for a total of six passes for just 17 yards. He also tried to check down to Maurice Jones-Drew but it was off target and skipped off of MJD's hands right to Lance Briggs who was happy to return his second interception for a TD in as many weeks as well. Of the 17 passes that Gabbert completed in the game, only five were for more than 10 yards including just two of 15 yards or more. Three of those came on the drive at the end of the first quarter when the Jaguars needed to convert three third downs of 12, 14 and 8 yards.
2012 Week 7 vs OAK (8 / 12 / 110 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Coming out of the bye, Gabbert looked about as sharp as he's ever looked, completing 8 out of 12 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown before exiting the game due to what looked to be a shoulder or collarbone injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Doing almost all of his damage in the first quarter, Gabbert did some damage with the checkdown as he normally does, finding Marcedes Lewis and Rashad Jennings on a few quick hitters. It was clear, though that over the bye week Gabbert's chemistry grew with recently promoted Cecil Shorts. He looked comfortable in delivering a 19 yard strike to him over the middle of the field to Shorts to put Jacksonville into Oakland territory for the first time. Then, two plays later, a confused Philip Adams was beaten and Gabbert found Shorts again for a 42 yard touchdown. A blown coverage, yes, but Gabbert was able to stand and deliver a downfield ball with solid accuracy. Coming out of the bye, against a team susceptible to the pass, it would have been interesting to see what strides Gabbert made in a full game. Unfortunately, he was injured on a play that didn't count, as Tommie Kelly laid him out on an offside early in the second quarter. He attempted to come back and even set up a rushing score for Rashad Jennings, but Chad Henne had to take over on the next drive.
2012 Week 8 vs GB (27 / 49 / 303 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Gabbert started out well against Green Bay with easy throws and facing little pressure. He exhibited the arm strength to make long throws to the wide side of the field with easy when able to step into his passes. He made confident throws and even used his deceptive athleticism to convert third downs to Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. After starting the game 9-of-12 for 123 yards, things began to unravel. Gabbert was pressured more often than not and that led to some predictable mistakes. He was late on his reads, like missing Mike Thomas on an out route, which should have been an interception. At the goal line, Gabbert was stuffed on a sneak, but rebounded on the following play with a play-action touchdown to tackle-elgible Donny Whimper on a well-designed play. He missed Justin Blackmon numerous times in the second half, which offsets a few key plays like an improvisational conversion to Jalen Parmele on third down. Gabbert lacks dependable weapons to be consistent week-to-week. The offensive line is also not good enough to give Gabbert the clean pocket he needs for dependable accuracy. The Jaguars offense remains a run-based, controlled passing attack which benefits Rashad Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew more than any passing game element for fantasy.
2012 Week 9 vs DET (27 / 38 / 220 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Gabbert was downright terrible before the Lions opened up a three score lead, and even then he showed no ability to throw the ball down the field. He spent most of the first half throwing nothing but short throws to his first target, and when that target was covered he immediately dropped his eyes to find out how close the rush was. It was late in the second quarter before the Jaguars picked up their first first down, and even that came courtesy of an eight yard run from Rashad Jennings. His receivers weren't helping, but Gabbert certainly wasn't playing well enough to be painted as just being unlucky. The Jaguars got the ball with 28 seconds to go in the first half and Gabbert promptly floated a seam route 10 yards past his receiver for an easy interception It was called back by penalty and Gabbert nearly threw a pick on the very next play. After finding Cecil Shorts wide open in the middle of the field he attempted a hail mary that looked more like a wounded duck than a football. The second half was better for Gabbert, especially once the Lions called off the pressure. He actually got through a progression on his first completion of the half, and hooked up with Justin Blackmon for a 12 yard gain to move the Jaguars to mid field. He then made a terrible decision trying to throw over the top of two deep coverage and provided an easy interception for the defense. The Jaguars went back to the no huddle on the next drive and Gabbert looked more comfortable, completing four passes in a row before a pass bounced off of Jennings' hands for another interception. The Lions had a 24-0 lead with less than 14 minutes remaining when Gabbert got the ball back and they clearly lost some intensity on defense. He responded by completing six consecutive passes, most which were shot hitches or outs to Laurent Robinson. The drive ended with a five yard completion to Michael Spurlock who sat down in a soft spot in a very soft zone. Gabbert extended his string of completions to twelve in a row on the next drive before overthrowing Laurent Robinson and Marcedes Lewis on back-to-back plays in the end zone. On 4th and 5 he zipped an accurate throw to Blackmon for his second TD of the day.
2012 Week 10 vs IND (18 / 31 / 209 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert struggled for the most part on Thursday and his team/the officials did not help him out. The Jaguars did not stick with the running game for long and quickly they resorted to putting Gabbert in the shotgun for most of the snaps. This is clearly not the best situation or the young QB to be in as the Colts could focus on picking apart Gabbert. The rushing attack with Jennings offered very little support in terms of productivity and he rarely changed the play at the line of scrimmage. Gabbert threw short, controlled but ambitionless passes for the most part. These passes became very predictable, particularly the out pattern and resulted in the Colts DB guessing right and taking an interception to the house deep in Jags territory. Gabbert showed nice timing and accuracy on many of these short patterns to the outside but they were not enough to drive the length of the field and this was the only thing that Jacksonville could succeed doing. They fell behind early and Gabbert felt the pressure of the game and began to force some passes downfield. He eventually left the game due to injury but the game was long decided at this point. The Jags defense and running game are poor right now which doesn't help the young QB in his own struggles. The passing attack was also very easy to predict and was an uphill climb all game as had to content with long fields for the most part.
2012 Week 11 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It appears the Blaine Gabbert Era in Jacksonville is finally coming to an end. Gabbert started against the Texans and completed both of his passes before being knocked from the game with a bruised elbow. Gabbert's injury came as he was sacked for a nine yard loss. To add insult to injury, Gabbert fumbled on the play and the ball was recovered by the Texans. The Jaguars have announced that Chad Henne will get the start Sunday.
2011 Week 2 vs NYJ (5 / 6 / 52 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Like Luke McCown, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert spent a lot of time under the intense pressure of the Jets pass rush. The rookie did his best to get rid of the ball (checking down to Maurice Jones-Drew several times) but definitely looked a little shell shocked by the end of the game. McCown may have more experience, but it could be time to see what the Jaguars have in the rookie quarterback.
2011 Week 3 vs CAR (12 / 21 / 139 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert's first start in the league begun in rather unenviable circumstances as he and the Jacksonville offense started at their own 5 yard line. A pincer-like Panthers pass rush meant Gabbert could not get away from the pressure in time and surrendered a safety. However, on the play before the safety, Gabbert showed good poise in the pocket and delivered a 17-yard strike on a deep out to Jason Hill which was called back by a holding penalty. Gabbert's natural gifts as an athlete are undeniable. He has excellent feet in the pocket and glides around back there gracefully and effortlessly, re-setting before throwing. The torrential downpour played a part in the second quarter of the game, which affected passes for both teams and forced Jacksonville to switch gears to the ground attack. Gabbert had a couple of mental errors, including a pass outside the numbers to Mike Thomas where he failed to read the drop of the CB, allowing the defender to drive on the football. Gabbert had difficulty with the snap, as the quarterback-center exchange resulted in fumbles three times. Gabbert's first career touchdown pass came in bizarre fashion. With mere seconds left to play in the first half, Jacksonville ran a clever play in which all of the outside receivers ran deep down the field, predicting correctly that the Panthers would defend the goal line. Mike Thomas came underneath the deep receivers on what could be described as a deep screen pass. In the mud and the rain, Thomas powered in for the touchdown. Prior to his touchdown, Gabbert, after failing to make the safety bite on the deep route with a pump fake, misguidedly threw the football down the middle to his intended target. The safety who he had been trying to misdirect picked off the pass. In this game, Jack Del Rio clearly wanted to protect his rookie quarterback and not ask him to do too much, but there were glimmers of potential for Gabbert in his debut which this team can build on.
2011 Week 4 vs NO (16 / 42 / 196 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert had a very solid first half in this game before it unravelled for him in the second half. He was able to find reliable targets like TE Lewis, Hill and Thomas on the outside. Gabbert looked very confident despite his lack of experience and was trying the Saints deep on plenty of occasions. Gabbert has above average mobility and used this to pick up some yards at times and buy him some extra time to throw away the ball as he avoided pressure. The Jaguars were not trying to hide Gabbert in this game and he took a few sacks while trying to go through some complex reads against a blitz happy Gregg Williams defense. He had a very nice touchdown pass down the seam to TE Miller, fitting it in between two defenders with a throw that required great anticipation. The second half was a different story however as the Saints made adjustments and made him look like a rookie. He could not make accurate throws with the pressure, the Saints squeezed a turnover out of him and he could just not get a thing going from the pocket. He still looks very good for this point in his career and had almost no running game to work with and far from superstar receivers on the outside.
2011 Week 5 vs CIN (15 / 28 / 221 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 11 / 0 rush)
Gabbert began the game looking patient and steady in the pocket, with the offensive line giving him plenty of time and protection, but before the day was over, the Cincinnati defense would make him much less comfortable; sacking him 3 times and forcing six 3 and outs in their last 11 possessions, with another 2 ending in turnovers. Gabbert made some nice throws and demonstrated his athleticism on a number of plays to elude the rush and make throws down the field as well as pick up yardage on the ground. Midway through the 4th quarter, Gabbert was given a gift by the Cincinnati secondary and he didn't waste the opportunity, connecting with WR Jason Hill on a 74-yard TD to regain the lead. There was a mix up in the zone coverage by the Bengals and Hill broke free behind safety Chris Crocker when Crocker bit on the underneath receiver. Gabbert hit Hill in stride and he coasted in for the score. That was the end of the highlights for Gabbert, though, as the next 3 possessions for the Jaguars ended in a punt and 2 fumbles. The last fumble was out of desperation as the Jaguars tried to lateral the ball all over the field a la Cal vs. Stanford, but the Bengals recovered and took it in for the TD as time expired. The first fumble, on the other hand, may have cost the Jaguars the game. Trying to mount a game-tying or game-winning drive with under 2 minutes to go in the game, C Brad Meester snapped the ball past Gabbert on 3rd and 1 from their own 42, where it was eventually recovered by the Bengals, all but ending the game.
2011 Week 6 vs PIT (12 / 26 / 109 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Despite his ability to be the quarterback on a team that kept the game close and nearly came all the way back to win, it can't be said that Gabbert performed incredibly well in this game. There were fewer good moments than bad, but the "good" was on his touchdown pass. He stood in the pocket and took a hit from the blitzing Larry Foote but was able to read the coverage to see one-on-one coverage and deliver the pass to Jason Hill. In terms of the "bad," Gabbert struggled to remain accurate in the face of pressure - which, slightly to his credit, was heavy almost all day. His accuracy still needs work as his completion percentage was once again below 50%. Gabbert did display his above-average mobility, though, on multiple scrambles and a nice play-action bootleg in the first half. His arm strength is there as he squeezed some passes in tight coverage, but the accuracy needs work as he also missed some open receivers. It may still be too early to tell if Gabbert will grow into the franchise QB Jacksonville needs him to be, but it's also very premature to say that he won't.
2011 Week 7 vs BAL (9 / 20 / 93 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / -1 / 0 rush)
The game was hard to watch, the Jaguars and Gabbert didn't do much remedy the problem either. For owners in Dynasty leagues Gabbert is a LONG way away from even being a QB3 I understand this was the vaunted Ravens defense but Gabbert fails to stand in the pocket and step into his throws opting to rather fade away and stay on his back foot taking accuracy and velocity away from the ball. Gabbert can barely get to his first read much less go through progressions. Tonight Gabbert failed to get the ball to Marcedes Lewis in a play designed for Lewis in the red zone rather deciding to throw a hook shot check down pass to MJD. Another play inside the 10 yard line he attempted to get the ball to his 6"6' Tight end in single coverage only to throw the ball low not in the air where the his guy could go up and get it, worth mentioning MJD wide open in the flat.
2011 Week 8 vs HOU (10 / 30 / 97 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Coming off his 1st career victory as a starter, Gabbert found the going much rougher at Reliant Stadium. He began the game hanging tough and helping to keep the Jaguars alive, with the help of a timely fumble recovery by the defense. But it was his own turnovers, a pair of critical interceptions, that proved to be the difference in the game. Looking at the numbers, Gabbert had a very bad day, but he and his offensive teammates were able to take advantage of a couple of turnovers created by the defense and make a game of it. The TD drives by the Jags can be a bit deceiving, as the first drive was 2 plays for 8 yards following a fumble recovery returned by 3 different defenders to the 8 to set up the offense. The second drive also followed a fumble recovery returned deep into Houston territory, and took 8 plays to travel 26 yards with the help of a huge 4th down conversion made possible by the second effort of WR Mike Thomas. While Gabbert made the most of those two easy opportunities, he threw 2 costly interceptions that changed the game. Houston brought heavy pressure and the coverage was tight all day and Gabbert's first INT came near the end of the first half with the Jaguars in position to take the lead going into the locker room. Gabbert's first down pass was intercepted by LB Brian Cushing at the Houston 21 and cost the Jags at least a FG opportunity. His second INT was possibly more costly, though, as it came when Houston held a 14-7 lead, but set up a Houston TD that came only 5 plays later and the Texans never looked back.
2011 Week 10 vs IND (14 / 21 / 118 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 8 / 0 rush)
Gabbert was efficient and effective, if not explosive, in a convincing win over the hapless Colts. One of his best plays of the day, though, was when he showed his athleticism as he eluded the Indianapolis rush and rolled to his right. He appeared to be headed toward the sideline or as though he was going to throw the ball away, but instead found rookie WR Chastin West on the right sideline and delivered an accurate pass on the run for a 13 yard first down. Gabbert did, though, show very inconsistent footwork, which affected his accuracy on what should have been easy throws. The best example of this was a 2nd down pass to WR Kasim Osgood. Osgood was open in the left flat, but Gabbert through the ball to the ground 2-3 yards short of Osgood despite having plenty of time to set his feet and make an accurate throw. Gabbert's competitiveness and athletic ability don't show up nearly as big in the box score as they do to the naked eye on the field. Much like fellow QB project, Tim Tebow, Gabbert simply makes plays. He uses his feet, his athleticism, and a strong arm to make plays that look very ugly as they are developing, but makes them consistently enough that they are less of a fluke and more of what has come to be an expected part of his developing repertoire.
2011 Week 11 vs CLE (22 / 41 / 210 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert had an average game by most NFL standards but was mistake free and gave his team chances to come away with the win in this game, showing improvement as a rookie. Gabbert was good running with the ball, picking up a first down and some key yards at times aswell as evading pressure as he only took one sack. He showed an improvement with his decision making and he was decisive throwing mostly short routes and spreading the ball amongst his team. Gabbert still has a huge problem with accuracy however and left a lot of plays on the field. Gabbert missed a wide open WR Hill in the endzone on a go route, way over shooting his WR. Gabbert also underthrew a frustrated WR Hill deep on another disappointing play. Gabbert had Hill open deep but flinched as he was about to take a big hit, pulled his arm down too fast and the ball fell far short of his WR. WR Hill can't complain too much however as Gabbert hit him in the endzone at the end of the game for the potential game winning touchdown but it bounced off his chest. Gabbert got the ball to his TE over the middle for some big gains and was able to hit a lot of slants to his WR's for decent yards at times. He simply missed his opportunities when big plays presented themselves and his accuracy continues to fail him. Gabbert also threw the ball too early at times and didn't place the ball in a favourable position for only his receiver to make the play.
2011 Week 12 vs HOU (13 / 29 / 136 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Gabbert played fairly well when the Jaguar's line kept the pocket clean, but such plays were in the minority. Though he seemed to move well to find room to throw, it seemed the pressure was inside of his head, pulling his eyes down and in some cases even causing him to shy away from a throw before the pressure materialized. He was hit frequently and sacked seven times in the game, including four by Connor Barwin. His interception came on a play that he threw up to Jason Hill, who made a poor attempt to catch the ball. In general Gabbert was not helped by his downfield receivers. Other than short dump offs to Jones-Drew, seldom did a receiver catch a ball without a defender in place to immediately make a tackle. Gabbert was pulled in the fourth quarter for Luke McCown.
2011 Week 13 vs SD (19 / 33 / 195 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 19 / 0 rush)
Gabbert's final stat line made it seem like he played a lot better than he actually did. He wasn't under a ton of defensive pressure, yet he still failed to complete very many long passes. In fact, it was pretty telling that his longest pass play of the game was actually an underhanded shovel pass to RB Maurice Jones-Drew that only traveled about five yards in the air. Jones-Drew did the rest, scampering 48 yards upfield for a huge gain. It doesn't help that the Jacksonville receiving corps leaves a lot to be desired and had trouble gaining separation from the San Diego secondary, but it probably wouldn't have made much of a difference. Gabbert rarely looked further than ten yards down the field to complete a pass even when the receivers did get open. And despite the lack of difficult throws, he still wasn't completing a very high percentage of passes in the second half. Even when the Jaguars fell behind big, they opted to run the ball and continue throwing short passes, which gave them almost no chance to come back and win. There was one twelve play drive on which Gabbert actually looked solid. He used the play action fake well, and capped the drive with a short touchdown pass in the flat to Jones-Drew after faking to him. He also later made a nice fade pass into the corner of the end zone to WR Cecil Shorts for another score. But the quality plays were way too few and far between. Gabbert only turned it over once, a play that wasn't entirely his fault. He threw one over the middle that was batted by the defender. The receiver seemed to not even know the pass was thrown in his direction and never made a play on the ball. And after it was batted, it deflected perfectly into the waiting arms of a Charger defender. But he could have fumbled on one other play when, while running, he just inexplicably dropped the football. He then compounded the problem by intentionally smacking it out of bounds. It's still early in his development, but he appears to be too skittish to compete as an NFL quarterback at this stage. The problem for Jacksonville is that he's really all they've got right now.
2011 Week 14 vs TB (19 / 33 / 217 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Gabbert was just a couple of feet off all day, even on most of the passes he completed. His first throw was not bad at all, just over the shoulder of Mercedes Lewis who either never saw the ball or didn't see it fit to try to catch it. He didn't complete anything other than a screen pass in the 1st quarter, unless you count his first INT. It was reminiscent of Brett Favre's last INT, as he was rolling right and tried to throw across his body to the middle of the field. Wily veteran Ronde Barber easily picked off the pass. A huge problem with the Jags passing attack was that they were trying to focus on the short passing game but his receivers had no chance for YAC because Gabbert, even on the shortest of throws, was making his receivers adjust to make the catch. He did make at least one really good throw though, over the top of the defense to Mercedes Lewis for a 62 yard gain. Lewis had gotten behind the defense and Gabbert placed the ball perfectly for his big TE. Had Lewis not stumbled it may have resulted in a passing TD. Gabbert's 2 TD passes were both short throws to MJD, short of the goal line. On both plays the running back caught the ball short of the goal line and fought his way into the end zone. He twice looked for Mercedes Lewis in the back of the end zone. The first throw was a terrible decision, and horribly underthrown, resulting in his second pick. The second throw was about 5 feet left of Lewis, who was wide open.
2011 Week 15 vs ATL (12 / 22 / 141 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jaguars coming into Atlanta for a primetime game the odds were definitely stacked against the rookie signal caller, facing pressure all night long getting sacked 5 times and loosing 2 fumbles giving us the results we fully expected. Gabbert however did display a little more poise in the pocket and actually managed to step into his throws thus improving velocity and accuracy. Still, Gabbert struggled all night to feel the pressure and protect the football from strip sacks. Gabbert's WR core does not allow many opportunities to make plays basically relegated to underneath attempts with no down field threat. At half time Gabbert only attempted 6 passes completing only 3 of them for 21 yards, the second half was not much better throwing an interception that bounced off Marcedes Lewis's hands directly to the defensive secondary. Gabbert's touchdown came on final drive of the night during garbage time to Chastin West up the seam for a nicely thrown 16-yard touchdown.
2011 Week 16 vs TEN (21 / 42 / 198 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Blaine Gabbert's development this season has been virtually non-existent. On the plus side, he was only sacked once and made a handful of nice throws during the game. That said, Gabbert continues to throw the ball away at the first sign of pressure (as evidenced by his 50% completion percentage) and simply doesn't trust his line or receivers to work in sync in the offense. Compounding the problem is Gabbert's woefully inconsistent accuracy. Even though he does make the occasional excellent throw, Gabbert's accuracy simply isn't yet good enough to succeed at the NFL level. His best throws came on quick slants where he was able to get rid of the ball and let the receiver gain yardage after the catch. Gabbert did have an interception that came on a deflected pass at the goalline. While the ball was slightly behind his intended receiver, it would have likely fallen incomplete if not for the Titans defense bobbling it up in to the air. At this point, the Jaguars have too much invested in Gabbert (and no real alternative backing him up) to give up on him just yet. That said, it would not be the least bit surprising to see a veteran like Matt Flynn or Matt Leinart brought in in the offseason to compete for the starting job.
2011 Week 17 vs IND (11 / 19 / 92 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Gabbert had a successful day playing the role of the game manager. Although Gabbert still looks very frenetic in the pocket, at least he didn't throw any costly interceptions. Gabbert was also robbed of another passing touchdown to Jones-Drew. On the play, Jones-Drew was called down just short of the goal line but the replay clearly showed that the ball reached the goal line before his knee went down. Too bad the Jaguars decided not to challenge the play as this would have been overturned. Gabbert had a nice throw on his only touchdown of the game. Gabbert showed great arm strength by buzzing the ball to WR Chastin West, and West slipped a tackle for the twenty three yard score. On the other hand Gabbert was still fairly inaccurate, often times missing his targets badly. He showed some maturity on a screen play that was called to Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew was blanketed on that play, and Gabbert smartly threw it his feet. Gabbert has had a tough rookie year as he was clearly not ready to play quarterback, but hopefully with more time during the offseason to work the rookie quarterback will be able to develop into an asset instead of a liability.