Jaguars new quarterback coach Frank Scelfo’s challenge is to develop Blaine Gabbert into a NFL-caliber quarterback after he struggled in his first two years with the Jaguars, Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union reports.
Scelfo, though, doesn’t see the same Gabbert the fans have watched the last two years.
“I look at it differently than you guys,’’ he said. “You all have an opinion formed after two years of watching [him]. I don’t have an opinion yet. I don’t have a vision of him that is skewed one way or the other.
“I like him as a person. I’ve had a chance to talk to him. He’s very interesting, he’s very outgoing, very comfortable to talk to as Chad [Henne] is. He wants to be successful. He has the motivation inside to be successful, which means he’s going to be a hard-working guy.’’
Scelfo sees a lot of upside, looking at how Gabbert might be viewed today if he’s stayed in school and red-shirted and was in this upcoming draft as a fifth-year senior.
“If you graded him out right now, this is his draft class. If he were coming out and the quarterback draft class the way it is, would he be the top guy taken? I think the answer is yes.
“Ask the scouting departments and the general managers around the league and I think you would end up with a yes on that. Basically at his age, 23, the number-one pick in the draft with two years of experience already under his belt. That’s pretty good.’’