I always love listening to Greg Cosell break down film. He talks NFL and film breakdown on Shutdown Corner, which you can listen to here.
He broke down film on several different QBs last week including Blaine Gabbert. Here is what he had to say about Mr Gabbert.
“It’s a very multiple run-game and here’s what the pass game is now to help Gabbert, it’s a lot of short drops and quick throws,” Cosell said. “They simplified his reads. They’ve made him quicker and more decisive. In the last game, a very basic NFL route combination, it’s probably a basic Pop Warner combination, the flat-curl, was used for five or six snaps. Then you add another element into the flat-curl, what we call a ‘seam-seal.’ to keep the inside defender to get in front of the curl.”
“They’ve done such a good job to make him more comfortable and more decisive,” Cosell continued. “He even had one or two throws where there were some bodies around him and he made them. They’re doing absolutely the right thing. There was never a concern with Blaine Gabbert’s arm, I know the throws you’re talking about. I remember studying him at Missouri and seeing those seven or eight games I broke down, seeing those outside void throws against zone now a lot of people don’t even pull the trigger on. He made those throws in college, the arm was not the issue.
“The issue was his ability to play in the pocket,” Cosell said. “And look, it is going to be third and nine, there are going to be times when there are bodies around him, we’re going to have to wait for that quite frankly, but seeing these first two games, particularly the Saints in which he was 11-of-13, he didn’t miss many balls. It’s very clear what they’re (Jaguars) are trying to do with him, and that’s absolutely the right thing.
“By the way, that’s called good coaching,” said Cosell. “I’ve talked to a lot of quarterbacks and there is nothing worse they say than when you drop back and for whatever reason you don’t get a clear picture and don’t know what you’re looking at and everything is happening in a second. Coaches can help with that with how they design their passing offense and that’s what Mularkey is doing with Gabbert. When I watch the game against the Saints and saw him (Gabbert) drop back, he knew instantly where he was going with the football.”
Outside of 2 QB or very deep leagues, I am not targeting Gabbert. This is all good news for Justin Blackmon, who has made major strides in a short amount of time. Blackmon is playing in the target filled position that has made Roddy White a star. His breakout may not come till 2013, but it’s good to see Gabbert making strides.
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