The Tampa Bay Buccaneers current succession plan leaves much to be desired.
General Manager Jason Licht spoke of Blaine Gabbert extensively during an interview with The Pewter Report after being asked about the succession plan at quarterback if/when Brady decides to ride into the sunset. Suffice to say, this wasn’t exactly received warmly by Buccaneers fans. Granted, this is technically all up for interpretation, but it’s still noteworthy all the same.
As a former tenth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Gabbert is about as good a backup as you’re going to find in the NFL., the anomaly that is Nick Foles in Philadephia not withstanding. Unfortunately this circumstance also one of the NFL’s biggest draft busts in the last decade. That being the case, the prospect of Gabbert being the Buccaneer’s next quarterback, and the heir apparent of Tom Brady of all people no less, is cause for a little concern.
Sure, Gabbert looked pretty decent in Detroit, going 9-15 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, albeit in mop op duty during a blowout. While that is somewhat uplifting, one good outing in garbage time does not a franchise quarterback make. Gabbert may be the next starting quarterback after Brady, and if he is, it’s hopefully because he’s simply a bridge until a quarterback they draft is ready to go. Speaking of the draft…