It’s time for the weekly edition of “Know Thy Enemy”. This week, we talk to our friend Luke Sims, editor of blackandteal.com. Take a look at what Luke had to say about his team, and our upcoming game on Sunday:
THE JET PRESS:Can you pinpoint what has gone wrong sending you guys to 2-10? Is it something specific, or a combination of factors?
BLACK AND TEAL:A lot of us firmly believe this to be an “everything” problem. Some fans want to blow it all up and get rid of Blaine Gabbert, GM Gene Smith, and head coach Mike Mularkey. It’s been pretty disappointing. Our top 10 defense from last year has been worse than underwhelming, injuries have ravaged our starters (three starters from last year haven’t seen a snap this year, and three more from this year are now on IR), and the entire offensive system that was being installed this year just wasn’t absorbed as quickly as would be liked. It is almost a perfect storm for the Jaguars this year. Despite that, the team is really just a few plays away from having three more wins. The three overtime losses were heartbreakers, but in the NFL if you don’t perform when you need to it doesn’t matter how close you got.
TJP:Could the Jaguars have found their answer at quarterback with Chad Henne, or are they still confident in Blaine Gabbert?
B&T:I think Chad Henne can be a viable option as a long term answer somewhere. However, it isn’t his age that limits his viability but rather his inconsistency. He can have great games like in weeks 11 and 12 or he can have terrible games like weeks 7 and 13. The guy would be give any team a roller coaster ride every season. I think that coach Mularkey is still confident that Gabbert can develop into a good quarterback, but he may not get that chance with the Jaguars. A new general manager, as seems inevitable, will probably want his own guy in year one or two of his regime. Gabbert needs to step up and prove he is the guy early in 2013 if he is given the chance.