Cosell’s Watching: Gabbert’s Best Game of the Season

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of the coaching tape of Week 14: Blaine Gabbert vs. the Tampa Bay Defense.

  • Biggers started at corner in place of inactive Talib
  • Gaitor played outside in the dime sub-package, with Mack in the slot; Barber played dime LB
  • Gabbert still very poor footwork on his delivery, Does not drive through his throws with his lower body, Pulls away from his throws

  • Haynesworth showed up on film,At times he pressured Gabbert from the inside

    Marcedes Lewis runs for yardage against Sean Jones (AP)

  • Gabbert great throw to Lewis on a vertical seam for 62 yds, Lewis beat S Jones; Gabbert showed some subtle pocket movement and stayed balanced with his feet – It was Gabbert’s best throw of the season, the kind of throw that makes you understand why he was the 10th player chosen in the draft
  • Gabbert excellent TD drive at the end of the 1st half: 9 plays in 1:02; Showed some poise and command for the 1st time this season
  • Jaguars still kept it simple for Gabbert re: reads and throws, That’s good coaching
  • Gabbert another excellent throw to Dillard on a seam route in the 3rdquarter, Showed great anticipation and accuracy – Good balance and footwork, Stepped into the throw, Excellent velocity

    Blaine Gabbert (AP)

  • Gabbert terrible interception in the tight red zone, Threw the ball out of the huddle, Never validated the defense after the snap
  • Bucs generated little pass rush pressure on Gabbert, He was clean in the pocket on the majority of his every throws
  • Bucs tried to generate pass rush out of their sub-packages with Bennett at DT and Bowers at DE
  • Overall this was Gabbert’s best game of the season; Showed some improvement in the pocket, Better footwork and balance, Made a few big time NFL throws – Issue was never his arm but rather his willingness to command the pocket and deliver the ball with bodies around him
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