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Jaguars HC Claims That Blaine Gabbert Is His Starter

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports on the Jaguars QB situation.  Apparently HC Mike Mularkey is willing to commit to sophomore QB Blaine Gabbert as his week 1 starter, despite Gabbert’s less than impressive 2011 season.

“I’ve seen improvement over the short time I’ve been with him, and (in the spring) you get coaching and teaching in a less stressful environment,” said the HC. “We’re working on some of the fundamentals in his drops now. Not saying that he was taught it wrong, but every coach has their beliefs. None of them are wrong, but we need to be on the same page on some of those things, and we already started working on that in April. Primarily, it’s his drops and balance in the pocket.”

Gabbert was easily the worst consistent starting QB of 2011, but Mularkey likes the way he’s handled himself since the despite his performance: “I give him credit for handling the negativity — I haven’t seen it affect him.  It’d be easy to go into a shell, worry about perception. He has a lot of confidence and he doesn’t let outside sources influence that.”

It may come as a surprise that Mularkey is so quick to name Gabbert his starter, but if he gets off to a rocky start, the Jaguars could make a quick switch to Chad Henne.  Considering the strong Jaguars defense and the fact that they play in a weak division, a run at a wildcard spot isn’t out of consideration.  Given this and the addition of a few key weapons, Gabbert will get his chance, but likely be on a far shorter leash than 2011.

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