Mularkey Wants Gabbert to Run and Other Must-Reads from Around the AFC South

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 17, 2012

Blaine Gabbert needs to get a move on.

Today's article of the day comes from Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union who writes that Jacksonville Jaguars' head coach Mike Mularkey would like to see Gabbert scramble more.

What a fantastically horrible idea.

There is nothing in Gabbert's profile that suggests he should tuck and run.

In college, Gabbert rarely ran the football, if ever, and his rushing totals (which do include sack yardage) indicate no real proclivity for doing so.

In the pros, he's averaging just over two yards a carry, roughly what he did in college.

First, people wanted a simple offense for Gabbert. Mularkey delivered.

Then the complaint was that they needed "open up the offense." The result was three points against the Bears.

Now, Mularkey wants to see Gabbert run?


What Gabbert needs to do is complete passes downfield. Until he does that, he won't be a successful NFL quarterback. Asking a player with questionable ability in the pocket to think about running more is a recipe for disaster.

Disaster is what the Jaguars already have, however, so I suppose Mularkey thinks it can't get any worse.


General Interest

Chase Stuart of the New York Times says unpredictability rules in the NFL.

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report calls 2012 the year of the kicker.

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders posts the new DVOA rankings.

Kacsmar, this time for NBC Sports, says rookie quarterbacks are having big years.

Bleacher Report lead writers share their Week 7 picks. I got crushed last week, but stand second.

Vince Verhei of Football Outsiders posts Quick Reads.

Kacsmar, this time for Cold Hard Football Facts (dude is everywhere), posts his weekly Captain Comeback column.


Houston Texans

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says Houston could land the 2017 Super Bowl.


Indianapolis Colts

Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority focuses on players playing well for the Colts.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan says it's a surprise when Andrew Luck struggles.


Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Total Titans looks at the play of Jared Cook.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says coaches are putting hope in young players.


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