The NFL trade deadline comes faster than in any sport, due to the NFL season being so much shorter than that of the NBA, MLB, and NHL. Teams only have a few short weeks to decide if a trade can make or break their season. This is so important as the right trade can mean the difference between making the playoffs and going home in January. It can even make the difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl.
Although we usually see a few trades here and there in the NFL; rarely do we see a blockbuster trade at the deadline like we are accustomed to in Major League Baseball. This season has the potential to be different. The Jacksonville Jaguars are heading into year three of the Blaine Gabbert era, and as of now, the prognosis isn’t good.
Gabbert has struggled to establish himself as the man in Jacksonville, and backup Chad Henne hasn’t fared too much better. The Jaguars have a new regime this year, and they need to make a big impression. They have a lot of young talent on their roster, however they don’t expect to put up enough wins to show it, unless of course the Jaguars can get a quarterback capable of leading this young team this season and into the future.
Blaine Gabbert has all the talent and tools to be one of the more successful quarterbacks in the NFL; otherwise the Jaguars wouldn’t have spent a first round pick on the young signal caller out of Missouri. The only problem is that Gabbert has yet to show the Jaguars that their pick wasn’t wasted. The Jaguars don’t have time to sit around and wait for Gabbert to come around; he has to do it now or never. By the trade deadline, the Jaguars should have had plenty of time to evaluate weather or not Gabbert is the future of their franchise or not. Henne is clearly not the answer.
So if Blaine Gabbert is not the answer in Jacksonville, who is? In my opinion, the answer would be Washington Redskins backup Kirk Cousins. Some may even argue that Cousins should be starting over current starter Robert Griffin III, a lot like the situation in Atlanta years back when many thought backup Matt Schaub should be the starter over then starter Michael Vick.
The Jaguars should be able to pull off this trade too without too much difficulty. In my opinion, Gabbert and a 1st round pick for Cousins should do the trick. The Jaguars may have to throw in another late round pick, but a 1st rounder along with Gabbert to be Griffin’s backup should just about do the trick and be a win-win situation for both clubs. Gabbert, if not a starter, would make a fine backup to Griffin in Washington’s offense, and Cousins would be an excellent option as the starter in Jacksonville. Add in that this is only Cousins’ second season, and the Jaguars have not only found a quarterback for 2013, but for the future as well. Kirk Cousins would be the franchise quarterback the Jaguars have been looking for since they parted ways with Mark Brunell.
Will the Jaguars pull off this trade or one similar to it? Are the Jaguars even thinking about a situation like this? I don’t know, but I do know that they should be.