Is Blaine Gabbert Tom Brady’s New Replacement?

With Tom Brady retired, the Buccaneers are in need of a replacement at quarterback. There are some names out there that could get the attention of the organization such as Jameis Winston who could make a return to Tampa Bay or Teddy Bridgewater who’s been traveling around the league the past few seasons. The most unlikely quarterback for the next starting job in Tampa Bay is in talks of being named the next. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians answered a question of Blaine Gabbert possibly being in the picture of the next quarterback under center, his answer has left some speculation in the air about the situation. “(Blaine Gabbert) has never played with a team this good. People may not like the overall record, but Blaine had 8 head coaches and 8 coordinators his first 8 years.” Blaine Gabbert has been somewhat of a journeyman in the NFL throughout his career, going from place to place such as Tennessee playing for the Titans or San Francisco playing for the 49ers. Blaine Gabbert has never started a full season for a team yet, the closest he’s been to achieving that is his rookie year in 2011 when he had a record of 4-10 with 12 touchdowns and 11 picks. After that season looking back on his career, he’s only had 34 starts in 10 years. Just in retrospect to show how little games that are in that time span we’re going to compare that to the man he’s been backing up the past two seasons. Tom Brady since 2012 (the year after Blaine Gabbert’s rookie season) started in 157 games during those 10 years not including playoffs. But Blaine having had someone with the skill of Brady, is a once in a lifetime experience, that he learned from undoubtedly. If the Buccaneers end up sticking with Blaine Gabbert at the helm he shouldn’t have a problem getting started off as he has one of the best receiving duos in the league and a coach who’s been nicknamed the “quarterback whisperer”. We will see if this is the decision that is made and if so, how it will end, but for now only questions and speculation can be made.

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