Herm Edwards, Roddy White, and ESPN, this one is directed towards you. Before you tweet that Gabbert will never have the successful career that Mallet will have or go on a nationally televised network to talk about how much of a better game Mallet had and how that translates in to who will be the better quarterback in this league, let’s look at the facts.
Ryan Mallet was a 3rd round pick, and for good reason. He had and still has major character concerns when coming out of college and that’s not all. Several times throughout his last year at Arkansas he cracked under any kind of pressure and showed extremely poor leadership skills when his team needed him the most. Those are two very negative traits that don’t just disappear after one single game of capitalizing on poor defensive play. Blaine Gabbert on the other hand was the tenth overall pick and for him that was considered a fall in the draft. Throughout his college career he constantly showed the skills that any GM desires to bring to their team. Such as strong leadership, an arm that isn’t determined purely on strength or just heaving it down field, and clutch performances when his team put it all on his shoulders.
Now on to the preseason game and what Mr. Herm edwards and Roddy White would like us to believe is proof of Mallet’s soon to be career dominance compared to Gabbert’s.
Gabbert went 9 for 16 with 85 yards passing compared to Mallet’s 12 for 19 with 164 yards passing and one touchdown. At first glance you would seem understand this Gabbert vs Mallet controversy that ESPN has stirred up, but what they fail to mention to the viewers (surprisingly) is that Gabbert came in to the game as the #1 starting quarterback, playing against a very good starting Patriot’s defense with two missing offensive lineman and a rookie starting at LG. Oh, not to mention no Maurice Jones-drew. While Mallet spent his time in the game as the second QB to come in behind Brian Hoyer, against Jacksonville’s second, third, and fourth stringers on defense with most of them being undrafted free agents or rookies. If you watch film of the game it is extremely obvious that while Mallet does have potential to make it in this league, all of his completions and touchdowns were completed purely off of the Jaguar’s terrible depth on defense and them blowing coverages. While Gabbert threaded the needle on one great pass and threw several other that were completed against a starting defense. For anyone who watched the game and knows anything about football will tell you that it is completely idiotic and down right ridiculous to state that a third round pick is all of a sudden better and has a brighter future than the tenth overall pick after just one single preseason game when their competition was not even close to being comparable.
So Mr. White and ESPN analysts, how about showing both sides of an argument instead of just clearly being biased towards one side and spewing that out to your viewers and Twitter followers. Blaine Gabbert is and will be a much better quarterback in this league than Ryan Mallet will ever be.
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Written by Caleb Burke
I am a born and raised Jacksonville Jaguars fan, 20 years old and currently attending Valencia College in Orlando and hope to transfer to the University of Central Florida sometime soon. I love to write about the Jaguars and spending time discussing football and sports in general.