Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
Statistically against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Blaine Gabbert wasn't all that bad, but he did have some poor decisions that he took the blame for after the game.
The Jacksonville Jaguars had another gut wrenching loss at home on Sunday to the Detroit Lions, where the team was once again completely dominated in a blowout loss. The Jaguars offense was non-existent in the first half of the game and in the second half had some bad mistakes, one in particular by quarterback Blaine Gabbert who threw deep into coverage and was picked off.
"It was just a terrible throw, terrible decision. I tried to get a big play, but that’s inexcusable," Gabbert told reporters after the game. "I’ve got to trust my progression and find the open guy. It’s pretty simple."
There was some question on if there was a miscommunication between Gabbert and rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon on the play, but Gabbert shouldered the blame on the play. ""No it was a terrible throw," Gabbert said when asked if Blackmon was in the wrong spot. "I should not have thrown it first off."
"He threw a post into coverage, which you don’t want to do. Lesson learned," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters after the game. "As soon as he came over to the sideline he knew he shouldn’t have thrown it. We finally had a drive going offensively – he just made a bad decision."
While it was a bad decision on Gabbert's part trying to pick up a much needed big play, there was some question if rookie receiver Justin Blackmon should have made a better play on the football. Personally, I think he could/should have, but if Blaine Gabbert felt that way he wasn't voicing it publicly.
"Hind sight is always 20-20. It’s a one-on-one matchup and they’ve got good players too, so there’s a 50-50 chance when the ball is in the air, but it’s my job as a quarterback not to throw that post," Gabbert said. "I can’t do that because we had a great job going there, we were in the plus territory and turned the ball over."
At that point, the Game was well out of hand, but it's just another of the multiple mistakes the team makes in a game that kills their chance of putting points on the board.