National Football League
    === Stretching the Field: It's time to reconsider Gabbert experiment ===
 By Shawn Clarke, Contributing NFL Editor
 (Sports  Network)  - The Jacksonville  Jaguars have seen  the good side of bad
 and  the down  side  of  up and  everything  between  with quarterback  Blaine
 Picked  10th  overall in the  2011 draft, Gabbert was  expected to be the next
 consistent  quarterback  in Jaguars  history  since  Mark Brunell.  Well,  the
 Gabbert experiment may have reached its inglorious end.
 Inserted into a starting role back in Week 3 of last season, Gabbert took over
 a  team  that finished  last in  both total  yards and  passing yards, 28th in
 scoring  and 12th in rushing. The rushing success was made possible by Maurice
 Jones-Drew, who led the NFL with 1,606 yards on a league-high 343 carries.
 You would think an established running game would go hand-in-hand in Gabbert's
 development,  but  that hasn't  been the  case in  this almost two-year trial.
 Gabbert  has  had a  rating over  100 just once  this season  and twice in his
 career,  and  his first  was 102.8  because he completed  5-of-6 passes for 52
 yards in mop-up duty of a 32-3 loss to the New York Jets last Sept. 18.
 It  seems  the Jaguars are trying  to make a silk  purse from a sow's ear, but
 really  they're  getting quite  the opposite  of what  they expected when they
 traded up to grab the former Missouri star.
 Gabbert  and the Jaguars were one-dimensional in Thursday's 27-10 home loss to
 the Indianapolis Colts, a team they defeated in Week 3 on the road. Jones-Drew
 set  the tone offensively with 177 yards and a score in that one, but has been
 sidelined the last two games with a foot injury. With MJD on the sidelines and
 Rashad Jennings tallying 27 of the 37 rushing yards (Gabbert, 10), the Jaguars
 had no choice but to pass. And why wouldn't they with Indianapolis missing two
 of its starters in the secondary?
 Seizing the moment didn't quite happen for Gabbert, who was sacked three times
 and completed 18-of-31 pass attempts for 209 yards. He was intercepted for the
 third  time in two  weeks and knocked out of the game after aggravating a left
 non-throwing  shoulder injury originally sustained at Oakland on Oct. 21. Head
 coach  Mike  Mularkey didn't feel it  was necessary to bring Gabbert back with
 the game out of reach and turned to veteran backup Chad Henne.
 "I  just thought where  we were with the score, with a guy who had just gotten
 injured, I didn't think it was worth the risk," Mularkey said. "I didn't think
 it would have been very smart on our part to put him back out there."
 That sounds like an endorsement to keep Gabbert as the starter.
 Jacksonville  didn't  help its cause by  receiving 10 penalties for 115 yards,
 including  six that were 15 yards a pop. But they at least know Henne can lead
 this  beleaguered  offense. Henne was 10-of-16  for 121 yards with a touchdown
 pass  and  an interception, and  will reluctantly  take the clipboard for next
 week's  trip to Houston  if Gabbert's left shoulder is not an issue. Henne has
 proven he can play in this league from his time with Miami.
 "I'm going to do my best and be ready to roll," Gabbert said.
 Does  it  really matter  at this  point in the  season if  Gabbert is ready to
 "roll"  against a Texans team that pounded Jacksonville, 27-7, back in Week 2?
 Gabbert  passed for only 53 yards and a touchdown versus Houston, before Henne
 got a shot and completed both of his attempts for 23 yards.
 Another  reason for Gabbert's inability to turn the program around is the lack
 of  production  from his receivers. Laurent  Robinson, signed to a deal in the
 offseason  after  a breakout campaign  with Dallas, has  just 252 yards and no
 touchdowns  in six  games. However, Robinson, a journeyman receiver who posted
 11  TD  grabs in 2011, had  his best game as  a Jaguar last night and caught a
 season-high  nine passes  for 77 yards. First-round draft pick Justin Blackmon
 has  been  a major disappointment, having  caught just 26 passes for 250 yards
 and  one  score. Maybe Blackmon doesn't  understand the offense because he has
 the potential to be a 1-2 punch with Gabbert.
 The  Jaguars, off  to a franchise-worst 1-8 start, went 1-for-10 on third down
 versus the Colts and frustration has begun to set in. Missed opportunities and
 mistakes  have led  to six straight defeats,  including five in a row at home.
 Confidence is out the window as well, but at least there's no more pressure to
 perform at a high level.
 "We're pretty ticked off. We just got to keep fighting, keep working at it and
 turn  it around,"  said Gabbert, who's 27th with a 58.0 completion percentage,
 29th  in both  passing yards (1,638) and  passer rating (76.9) and last in the
 league with 182.0 ypg. "I can't say anything up here to fix our record, to fix
 our  loss tonight,  it's just  up to  us to  focus throughout  the week,  keep
 working hard, keep chipping away and turn it around ourselves."
 Jaguars leading receiver Cecil Shorts echoed that statement in saying, "we are
 going  to stick together and keep grinding and keep fighting hard." Shorts has
 been the Jags' most consistent player and eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the
 second  time  in the last  three games. Shorts  has helped Gabbert to 200-plus
 passing yards in a career-high three straight games. When 200 yards passing in
 three games in a row is a career high, there's something not right there.
 Is  it too harsh on Gabbert? Not when you're given the keys to the kingdom and
 have  done nothing but  sputter in the parking lot. Jaguars owner Shad Khan is
 in  his first season with the team and this week touched on making changes and
 evaluating talent.
 "Let me quote Einstein here, the definition of insanity, 'Doing the same thing
 over,  and expecting different results.' If you have a losing season, what are
 the changes that are being done that will change the organization?"
 Khan  added:  "The  most important  thing  for  me  is  that this  becomes  an
 organization  that  wins over time.  There's nobody  here who's happy with the
 results. We want to win."
 Little did Khan know more salt would be added to the wound a few days later in
 a loss to the Colts in front of a fanbase desperate for a winner.
 The  end of  the Gabbert era may not  be over yet. The entire team could use a
 makeover.  If  and when that happens,  the first order of business should take
 place under center.
 11/09 12:58:12 ET