It’s official: The 2013-14 Jacksonville Jaguars season has come to an end.
Okay—maybe that’s a “tiny” over-exaggeration. What matters is Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley has announced that Blaine Gabbert has won the starting quarterback job. Gabbert will miss the last two preseason games with a fractured thumb. He’s expected to return before the Week 1 home-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, a matchup that pins together last season’s two worst teams.
Gabbert enters his third season with a 5-19 starting record. He enters his third NFL season having completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 3,876 yards, 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He won the starting job after he completed 13-of-16 for 165 yards with one touchdown against the New York Jets.
How does this affect the Tennessee Titans? These teams won’t meet until Nov. 10. The Titans host the Jaguars in a game that comes immediately after the Jaguars’ bye week. There’s no guarantee that Gabbert will stay healthy or retain the starting job for that long. Even if he does, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Titans win that game. If they don’t, then Mike Munchak and company are in serious trouble.
How many games will the Jaguars win this season? Does Gabbert play well enough to buy himself more time with that franchise? If the Jaguars are as bad as expected, then should they draft Jadeveon Clowney over a franchise quarterback with their first-round pick?
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