Blaine Gabbert traded to 49ers

Blaine GabbertThe Jacksonville Jaguars have finally given up on former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on “NFL Insiders” Tuesday that the Jags traded Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers for a 6th-round pick.

Gabbert spent parts of three mostly terrible seasons with Jacksonville. He threw for 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in his Jags career.

Gabbert will likely compete for the backup quarterback job in San Francisco. Colt McCoy served as Colin Kaepernick’s backup last season but is currently a free agent.

I really have no idea what the Niners see in Gabbert, but I do trust Harbaugh’s judgment and ability to develop QBs more than anyone else, so maybe this will work out. Or maybe the best plan is hope that Kaepernick never gets hurt.

Anyone else surprised the Jags managed to get anything in return for Gabbert?

Connor Barwin: Blaine Gabbert is my favorite QB because I sacked him the most

Connor-Barwin-Blaine-GabbertEarlier this week, Connor Barwin took out a full-page ad in the Houston Post to thank everyone who helped him get his career started with the Houston Texans. When we say everyone, we mean everyone. Barwin didn’t just thank the fans, he also paid tribute to everyone from the delivery guy to the popcorn guy. And then there was Blaine Gabbert.

The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback was one of the many people on Barwin’s list, and the now-Philadelphia Eagle explained the reason why during a chat with Robert Klemko of USA Today Sports on Friday.

“That was just me trying to have some fun,” Barwin said. “But obviously he’s my favorite quarterback in the NFL because I sacked him the most.”

Fair enough. Barwin also explained a few of the other items on the list. “Cheesecake” actually refers to a person who Barwin says is a doorman at several venues in the Houston area. He has a stuffed animal named “Bernie the Bear.” The “popcorn guy” he was talking about walks around small shows in Houston with a bag of popcorn and is always offering to share with people.

This is clearly a man who is in touch with his roots. Although, Gabbert probably isn’t flattered by the fact that he made the cut.

H/T Around the League

Why Did Jags Give Blaine Gabbert the Ball Over Maurice Jones-Drew on Final Play?

The Jags are a paltry 3-7 this season, and at least part of their poor record is due to bad coaching. Not only was their play calling atrocious to end their 14-10 loss to the Browns Sunday, but the Jags also exhibited poor clock management.

The Jaguars had one timeout, a 3rd and 1, and the ball at the Cleveland 5 with 41 seconds left Sunday. They were trailing the Browns 14-10 and needed a touchdown to win the game. They handed it to Maurice Jones-Drew who ran for 3 yards and a first down. Inexplicably, Jacksonville allowed 28 seconds to pass before running another play. They called for another Jones-Drew run and he gained a yard taking the ball to the one. They finally used their last timeout to stop the clock with eight seconds left.

Facing a 2nd and goal at the one, Blaine Gabbert threw incomplete for Jason Hill in the end zone. The Jags then had a 3rd and goal from the one with only three seconds left. They had one play left. One. And they needed a yard to win the game.

They had a choice: give the ball to running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is second in the NFL in rushing. Or, put the ball in the hands of Blaine Gabbert, who has the worst passer rating in the league.

They went with the obvious choice: they gave it to the awful quarterback. Mike Thomas shook his defender in the end zone and got open, but Gabbert predictably missed the throw.

Why should we be surprised by the outcome? Gabbert’s accuracy is atrocious. He can’t make routine throws. If he could, he wouldn’t be averaging a pathetic 137 passing yards per game.

I’ve already seen enough of Blaine Gabbert to know he’s not going to be a good NFL quarterback. The sooner the Jags realize this, the better off they’ll be in the long term.