There has been quite a lot of criticism of Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who has been, putting it mildly, somewhat less successful than fellow rookie Andy Dalton and Cam Newton, in his first season.
But while Gabbert had another struggle Thursday night in a 41-14 mashing by the Atlanta Falcons, the supporting cast around Gabbert certainly is in question.
The offensive line was a sieve, allowing five sacks (Gabbert fumbled on two of those), and Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson in so many choice words said Jacksonville's receiving corps is lacking.
“Those guys are [——] jokes,” Robinson told the Florida Times-Union. “Those guys couldn’t get a [——] receiver if it hit them in the head. … They haven’t had anyone decent since Jimmy Smith.”
Indeed, the Jaguars have had almost as many misses on receivers over the years as the Detroit Lions, with washouts like R. Jay Soward, Reggie Williams and Matt Jones in the first round. And while Robinson was blunt in his assessment, he has point. The current group has virtually no recognizable playmakers.
What has helped to make Dalton and Newton successful in large part is the presence of A.J. Green and Steve Smith in Cincinnati and Carolina, respectively.
While Gabbert has struggled, one thing is clear, the Jaguars have to improve the talent around him if they want to avoid him heading down the Tim Couch/David Carr path of quarterbacks who failed because there wasn't enough talent on hand to help them out.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com