(I wrote this before the Jags victory against Tampa today)
First of all I want to say that a lot of people are going to hate on this post because it will seem as I'm jumping on the band wagon for Robert Griffin III because he won the Heisman tonight, but here me out. Most of us (Jaguars fans) I believe that we should take Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon due to the need we have at those positions, but I'm going to make the argument for RG3. When we selected Blaine Gabbert at number 10 last season during the draft, I'm not
going to lie I was a little shell shocked, but I knew it was coming due to the fact that David was simply just not doing it for us, and it was time for some new blood in the system. Draft "experts" were sold on the fact that Gabbert would be the best QB prospect coming out of college, so Gene Smith decided to go for it. We'll we've all seen the results as we stand at 3-9 record and thankful not at the bottom of the division (thank you Colts), but in a normal season we should be the cellar's cellar of this division.
I know there was a calling for Dirk Koetter to let Blaine throw the ball more down the field, which with many I agree with, but he has had a hard time adjusting to the speed and talent of the game in the NFL. I understand that there was a lockout so Gabbert didn't have the time to gain the relationship with his receivers like many other QBs in the league have with theirs. Also it doesn't help that we don't exactly have the best stable of WR's in the league, more like the worst, but you have to work with what you got, so when April rolls around, it's time to figure out what the hell we're doing. If and that's an IF, we decide to cut our losses with Blaine, which I doubt which under minds the whole purpose of this article, it's the best time to do it, due to the CBA thank god there's a rookie wage scale now, so now teams aren't paying their rookies 60 million dollars in guaranteed money. so admitting a mistake like Blaine is a lot easier to shallow, if we decide to cut him.
If you look at Robert Griffin III, the kid is simply amazing on what he's accomplished at his career while at Baylor. On the field, he has more than 10,000 passing yards and 2000 rushing yards to his name, but I think the more impressive thing is what he's accomplished off the field. I was recently reading a SI article about him, and there are a lot of things I would have never known about him if I hadn't read that article. The guy took only 3 years to get his degree, and is currently working on his masters degree while still playing football. He also runs track in which he was an All American and had a chance to compete for the Olympics for track, simply amazing. Gene Smith is always preaching about wanting high class guys in the locker room, well I don't think you'll find a classier man than RG3!