The Buccaneers may have their future quarterback already on the roster.
In an interview with Pewterreport.com, Buccaneers GM Jason Licht talked about the Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert and had this to say:
“First of all, I love his energy. He’s a really smart guy. I love to watch him throw every day in practice because he has got a cannon. He’s very accurate with his throws as well, and he can really whistle them in tight windows. If he had been forced to play, I think that he would have opened a lot of people’s eyes about how talented he is. Especially being in the same system for a couple of years.”
Let’s take a look at Blaine Gabbert’s number over the years.
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A highly touted first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, Gabbert made 27 starts in Jacksonville with a 5-22 record before the Jaguars had seen enough, and Gabbert was traded to San Francisco.
He went 4-9 in three years as a starter in San Francisco and then moved on to Arizona. Gabbert was the third-string quarterback in Arizona behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. Gabbert started five-game in three years with the Cardinals compiling a record of 2-3.
However, in 2018, Gabbert signed with the Tennessee Titans to become the backup quarterback to Marcus Mariota.
With Bruce Arians as the coach in Tampa, Gabbert signed with the Buccaneers to be their backup quarterback in 2019.
Gabbert, in two seasons in Tampa, has 16 pass attempts with two touchdown passes.
Gabbert has compiled a career 13-35 record as a starter with 50 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions. Not great numbers by any means.
This TD/INT ratio brings back nightmares of Jameis Winston. Winston also had a propensity for throwing as many interceptions as touchdown passes.
It’s possible that Licht was still suffering from a Super Bowl hangover when he made those comments.
Licht ended those comments on Gabbert by saying, “I’m not going to rule anything out right now.”
Not the news that Bucs fans want to hear, one week after winning the Super Bowl.
The Bucs consequently need to start planning now for A.B (After Brady). If not, one day they will end up like Pittsburgh, with an aging quarterback, a diminishing skill set, and no plan in place for the future.
There are so many other talented quarterbacks out there that the Bucs could look to bring in.
For example, Marcus Mariota, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Lamar Jackson will all be free agents in 2022. Clearly, any of the above would be a better fit in Tampa than Blaine Gabbert.
Of course, most of those quarterbacks will sign new contracts with their current teams. However, you never know what will happen in a given year.
Blaine Gabbert, the Bucs, starting quarterback in 2022. How does that make you feel Bucs Fans?