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Mike Mularkey Says Give Blaine Gabbert A Chance

Lets call a spade a spade, Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback Blaine Gabbert did not have a good rookie season. But in all seriousness, after original starting quarterback David Garrard was released in September and former head coach Jack Del Rio was fired in November, were comparisons to fellow rookie quarterbacks Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals fair?

All that Jacksonville's new head coach Mike Mularkey is asking for is for fans and the media to give Gabbert a chance to show that he can play well in the NFL. During his defense of Gabbert, he stressed how important the number of repetitions a quarterback would get in camp would be.

I really don't want to talk about players on other teams. The repetitions in camp are important, every one of them is important that you get. And I don't know the amount that Blaine got compared to anyone else in this camp last year, but I'm sure it wasn't the amount he would have liked ... or the coaches would have liked.

Gabbert needs to be given a fair opportunity to show that he can play well in the NFL and this may be the first season that he can officially show that.

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