|Blaine Gabbert has plenty to prove next season in Jacksonville. (US Presswire)|
With today's win-now mentality in the NFL, the shelf life for a starting quarterback is exceedingly short.
After two sub-par seasons to open his professional career, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert could be feeling the heat this offseason. If the Jaguars' first-round pick in 2011 fails to meet expectations in his third year, he could find himself on a new team for 2014, according to Draftinisider.net.
Gabbert's season ended prematurely in 2012 when he was placed on IR in Week 11 with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. The former Missouri quarterback finished with a pedestrian 9:6 touchdown to interception ratio and completed 58.3 percent of his attempts this past season. The four-year, $12 million contract Gabbert signed in 2011 is fully guaranteed. The Jaguars' starting quarterback carries a $3.27 million cap hit in 2013, which increases to $3.81 million in 2014.
In relief of Gabbert, Chad Henne threw for 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 53.9 percent of his passes. Henne has a $4.15 million cap hit in 2013, the final season of his two-year, $6.75 million contract.
In new coach Gus Bradley's introductory news conference last month, he admitted he was unfamiliar with both quarterbacks since the Seahawks haven't faced Jacksonville since 2009. Bradley previously spent the last four seasons as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator.
“(We're looking) for someone that really is a great leader,” Bradley told the Florida Times-Union. “Obviously, a great leader has to be very talented as well, but someone that can lead and take over our team.”
Bradley's defensive background could be instrumental in the Jaguars' quarterback competition that is expected to take place in the ensuing months.
“I know what creates issues for defenses,” Bradley told the NFL Network at the Senior Bowl. “I know what puts a lot of strain on our defenses whether it is multiple formations, multiple personnel groupings, shifts, motions, phony motions, things like that. All those things create issues.”
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