Blaine Gabbert finds Lombardis Advice ‘Comical’
After starting 14 games for the Jaguars last year, his team has his back. They’ve stuck around and haven’t gotten down on the 10th Overall Pick from last years draft. A lot of people outside of the team believe that Gabbert will be a bust. One such person being NFL Networks Michael Lombardi. Lombardi had these ‘kind’ words for Gabbert.
“In my 20-plus years in the NFL, I don’t think I have seen a high first-round pick look as scared or as out of place as Blaine Gabbert,” Lombardi wrote. “The game looks entirely too big for him. When the ball is in his hand, he treats it like a hot potato. His play was embarrassing, considering he was a top-10 pick. I believed Gabbert was a good prospect and wrote about it leading up to the draft. When everyone was concerned about his down-field throws, I thought he would be able to adjust. But never did I think his eye level would be this low, his unwillingness to hang in the pocket this bad. I readily admit my mistake. Now the Jaguars need to do the same. How can they expect players around him to buy in? Gabbert cannot fool his teammates. If he continues to play like this, no one will want to play with him.”
I’ve always been a fan of Gabbert. I was hoping the Cardinals would draft he or Peterson with the 5th Overall Pick last year. Whilst Lombardi brings up plenty of valid arguments he misses one glaring possibility to Gabberts poor play. The Jacksonville Offensive Line. They’re an okay Pass Blocking line and a great Run Blocking line. Gabbert was pressured on nearly every passing attempt, and sacked nearly 30 times.
Another glaring problem is the lack of players that Gabbert has to throw to… I mean comon can we really name (non Jacksonville Fans please) a single one of those WR’s?! The only one I can name off the top of my head is Brian Robiskie. Marcedes Lewis didn’t help either. I still can’t forget the big time drop he had against the Houston Texans, which ultimately wound up being the difference in the game.
Gabbert had this to say to Mike Lombardis Critique, “Who is Mike Lombardi?” Gabbert asked. “Every season a player is going to have a certain label. It creates buzz. It creates controversy and interest. Whatever the label is for the year, it’s going to stick with you. He doesn’t know what’s going on. He doesn’t know anything about me. It’s comical. It’s funny.”