by Cole Pepper
“It’s an open competition. They’re all going to face the same situations. They’re going to get their chances in the red zone. They’ll get their chances in the two-minute situations, they’ll get their chance in seven-on-seven. They will all be given chances to compete.”
That was Gus Bradley’s macro view of the Jaguars quarterback competition. Most believe that Blaine Gabbert has the inside track and that Chad Henne (or Mike Kafka) will have to beat Gabbert out to earn the spot. Think of it as having to knock the champion out to win the belt. Only, this champion isn’t exactly Ali. Not yet at least. In two years in the NFL, Blaine Gabbert has thrown 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He’s completed just over half of his passes and hasn’t convinced anyone that he’s “the man” moving forward.
On the other hand, Henne’s track record doesn’t exactly scream “I’m the man!” Five seasons in the NFL, two as a starter and parts of two others. More interceptions than touchdowns (48-42) and the team that drafted him already gave up on him.
Then there is Kafka. He spent the last two years in Philadelphia throwing 16 passes. Two of them were intercepted.
The Jaguars must hope that the old investment disclaimer holds true here: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future gain.”
If the Jaguars are going to be successful, one of those quarterbacks (or, maybe rookie Matt Scott) is going to have to do something they’ve never done before. Who do you think will start at quarterback on opening day?