Monday, February 25, 2013
Jacksonville's QB picture
By Tim Kavanagh
When GM David Caldwell and HC Gus Bradley agreed to sign on as the new men in charge of the Jacksonville Jaguars' fate in 2013 and beyond, they did so with full awareness that they were inheriting a QB situation that was far from ideal. Former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert has struggled to cultivate his game to the NFL level, while Chad Henne had some moments of strong play in 2012, but ultimately was inconsistent. So what's going to happen this fall?
Both men remain under contract and are almost entirely certain to be back. As far as an early edge in the competition between the two of them, well, there isn't one.
"It's going to be a wide-open competition," Caldwell declared during an interview with NFL.com at the scouting combine.
In addition to Gabbert and Henne, the Jags are expected to add another entrant in this competition, either via trade, free agency or the draft. However, the identity of this mystery passer is not Tim Tebow, as Caldwell indicated in no uncertain terms earlier this offseason that a Tebow homecoming to northern Florida was not going to happen (at least with the Jaguars). The Jags have plenty of cap space, though, and could afford to add Alex Smith's salary to their docket if a mutually agreeable trade can be worked out with San Francisco. Stay tuned.