I've watched a bunch of film on Blaine Gabbert as several people requested some stuff on him. This was a tough one because of 3 reasons:
1. His team was terrible - like, Charles Barkely Turrible! Poor protection most of the time, and a lot, I mean a LOT of dropped passes by receivers.
2. Really poor offensive creativity. There were a lot of plays that were so poorly designed and executed - they could've had Joe or Steve back there and it would've been "Turrible". Plus, when they would get some guys open - they were asking him to do things that I don't think are his strength. Throwing on the run is not a huge strength of his - he's not terrible at it, but it's not something I would try and use as a steady diet.
3. They were often in really poor passing situations. They had a lot of 3rd and longs to throw in - which, it's hard to get a good idea on any QB when it seems like half their film is "3rd and 8".
But, here's what I've seen from film over the past 2 seasons(which isn't as much as you'd think because of all the games Chad Henne played in).
His mechanics are, for the most part, sound. He's a definite rhythm passer. If he's not in rhythm his accuracy is poor at best. He fits best in a system that is a 3,5,7 step drop, timing system. When he has to improvise or climb the pocket, he's out of his comfort zone. He does have a quick release that keeps defenders from jumping too many of his throws. He has a tendency, every once in a while, to stare down his receivers. Being a rhythm passer, I don't think he ever felt comfortable or confident in the guys in front of him to keep him clean.
His arm strength is average. He can get ok zip on the ball on the short to intermediate throws, but he's no Kaepernick. His deep ball flight is good - it's got a good spin to it, but, he tends to throw deep balls inside - which is not really a good thing. When he tries to make "back shoulder" throws - they tend to be "front" shoulder throws..... Meaning, his receivers often had to try and cross over the CB on those throws which put them in tough situations. Or when they beat their man deep and had a step his throws would be a little short and inside.
His accuracy is good when he's in rhythm. But, if he doesn't have his feet set and is on a good platform, he can't wing a ball into a small window.
I think the jury is definitely still out on this guy. He's a guy you look at and go, "I don't know, it's sorta there, but hard to tell".
I'll be posting some pics as reference for a bunch of different stuff with him, some good, some bad.
This is from 2012 against Houston(which was a pretty good defense that year). The Texans are gonna run a cover 1 man while pulling an outside stunt.
The Jaguars try and run an in/out "flag" route on the outside off PA.
After the PA you see how the safety and corner have the WR bracketed at the bottom. The TE went to the ground on his run block fake and in doing so caused the defenders to forget about him.
You see how he's in a clean pocket and the TE has released into his curl over the middle. This should be an automatic completion with good RAC yards. Instead, Gabbert locks on to his receiver.
Gabbert tries to throw the ball to his left, but gets hit and fumbles the ball. You see how wide open the TE was....
From the endzone you can see what Gabbert saw on his back foot plant. He's got no defenders in the middle of the field(which is where his head is looking btw) and a TE releasing into that zone. This should've been automatic. Instead he panics when he see's the unblocked defenders coming at him and locks on to his primary target.
You see how he's locked on to his primary target and never see's the TE wide open.