I've followed this blog for quite some time now and feel many of you have valuable opinions to share, so i wanted to get your thoughts on the following sitatuion I've had in my mind over the last few weeks.
Blaine Gabbert was drafted two years ago out of Mizzou and as well all know, he struggled mightily in his first season in Jacksonville. In his defense, he had a shoddy offensive line in front of him and few weapons (outside of MJD) to go to and that seems like a recipe for disaster for a rookie QB looking to find his way.
So last season, while learning a new offense, he comes back and looks stronger and more confident and the Jags go out and pick-up a couple of weapons in Blackmon and Robinson to help him out.
Still with a soft o-line, outside of Monroe, Gabbert looked okay at times and seemed to at least progress a bit, until getting injured.
Go ahead and chalk up year one to a rookie season with not a lot of help and year two to learning a new system and an injury that ended his season.
I feel, much like Gus Bradley apparently does, that you have to give the kid one more shot before you call it quits.
I personally believe Geno Smith is not the answer anyway and that you don't have a lot to lose by not taking a chance on him and having Gabbert struggle in 2013.
They can take either take Fisher or Joeckel at #2 or trade out of the spot and pick up some more draft picks.
You sign a veteran backup for a couple of seasons (Fitzpatrick?) and give Gabbert one more chance, with a better o-line and true weapons in Lewis, Shorts and Blackmon and see what he can do.
If he fails, it's not the end of the world, as you have a high draft pick and the possibility of picking Johhny Manziel or another high-end quarterback in 2014, who would come in and play behind a solid offensive line, should they draft Fisher or Joeckel.
If Gabbert does well, you're set for a while and can begin building around him.