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O-Zone Late night: Bradley still believes

Posted Sep 29, 2013

JACKSONVILLE – O-Zone Late Night following the Jaguars’ 37-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.

Let’s get to it . . .

Scott from Ormond Beach, FL:
Sorry, I know you’re going to get a lot of this today, but with the first overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft the Jags select Teddy Bridgewater – or any quarterback.
John: There’s no reason to apologize, and while I wouldn’t say your email is original, it does reflect the thinking of a large portion of the fan base. People are sure the Jaguars are going to get the No. 1 selection in the draft, and they’re sure quarterback will be the selection. At 0-4 and playing the way the team has played, that’s an understandable sentiment. And you know what? It’s up to the team to play its way out of people feeling that way.
Rick from Jacksonville:
So, instead of getting interior linemen and defensive linemen this general manager is going out and getting wide receivers. I said it before and I'll say it again: Caldwell and Bradley have no idea as to what they are doing.
John: It took me a couple of reads to grasp that you were criticizing Caldwell for signing Tobais Palmer and Jeremy Ebert from the practice squad. At least, that’s my interpretation of the email. Those players were signed from the practice squad because the Jaguars had just two other receivers healthy, Ace Sanders and Cecil Shorts III. And it’s not as if there are interior lineman and defensive lineman out there just waiting to come in and start. As hard as it may be to believe, there just aren’t.
Andy from Roswell, FA:
Why is the offense so inept? I can handle not winning. It happens. But is it that much to ask that the game is somewhat enjoyable to watch?
John: No, it is not.
John from Savannah, GA:
Well, we led for a quarter. Progress.
John: What’s weird is that for a quarter that game actually did feel like progress. The unavoidable, indisputable problem is that the final three quarters felt like nothing of the kind – and actually, felt like a step back in some ways.
Mike from Jacksonville:
Gabbert was running out of a clean pocket into trouble. The guy is not good.
John: It’s always dangerous to make a sweeping judgment on an NFL game without watching the video, but I’d agree that at first glance, it looked like Gabbert did run early too much on Sunday. That’s one side of the Gabbert argument tonight, that in some areas – or a lot of areas – he hasn’t shown improvement and doesn’t look like a solid starting quarterback. That’s going to get studied a lot this week, but again, at first watch, that looked like a valid assessment.
Nathan from Fort Collins, CO:
It’s hard to take chances when you can't trust your receivers. Two passes that should have been caught were intercepted and by my point of view, they were decent passes. Bad luck for Gabbert.
John: This is the other side of the Blaine Gabbert conversation tonight, and it has been the other side throughout his career. He hasn’t played anywhere near a Pro Bowl level, and at times he has played poorly. And yet, there are other times – a lot of times – where he simply gets no help.
George from Savannah, GA:
Well pointed out by the CBS crew during the game is Gabbert's happy feet running out of the pocket even when no pressure was coming up the middle – this in comparison to Luck, who would stay in the pocket and step up even under pressure. They showed several examples when Gabbert had no need to run out of the pocket but did and then had to throw the ball away. How do you change this habit?
John: Yes, the difference in Luck and Gabbert on this front is significant. Luck is very, very good at it, and Gabbert often struggles in the area. How do you change this habit? That is the question, isn’t it? Perhaps only Gabbert has the answer.
GUEST from Orange Park:
Why again did they keep Mike Harris over Trufant? Harris is pathetic. Oh, and Evans is going to be a star in due time.
John: I don’t know that anyone on the Jaguars is worthy of being lauded tonight, but I wouldn’t call Harris pathetic. He actually played fairly well in training camp, and has played relatively steady during the regular season. Relatively steady doesn’t put you in Canton, but he hasn’t been awful or even close to pathetic.
Wallace from Jacksonville:
Gabbert really appears to not have the calmness under pressure needed to be a "franchise QB", but in his defense, the poor play of the offensive line doesn't give him much of an opportunity to develop his confidence and become calm under pressure. Hard to develop when you're running for your life nearly every time you drop back to attempt a pass.
John: That’s the riddle. It’s a frustrating, ongoing riddle, and it’s a big reason the Jaguars are 0-4 at the quarter pole.
Mark from Orange Park, FL:
Is Blaine Gabbert still the Jaguars’ quarterback after this?
John: Gus Bradley said after the game he still believes in Gabbert. Bradley now has seen Gabbert in two games, and there was a lot on Sunday that can’t be solely blamed on Gabbert. That will anger many people, but that’s where we are in this story.

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