There was much made from the Jacksonville Jaguars signing veteran quarterback Chad Henne in the offseason, in terms of potentially challenging second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert for his starting job. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey says there's not a competition for the starting job, however.
"No, it's not (a competition). Blaine's our starting quarterback," Mularkey told NFL Network's Albert Breer over the phone. "We feel good about him."
Mularkey also went into detail a little bit about what they're working on with Gabbert to make him a better player than he was in his rookie season. In essence, Mularkey says that the Jaguars are deconstructing Gabbert and teaching his fundamentals over again.
"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," Mularkey said. "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."
While Mularkey says he's not saying Gabbert was taught wrong, he's essentially saying he was taught wrong as nicely as possible. It's also worth noting that drops and balance was something that Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski worked on with now Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer when he was a rookie with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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