Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Bortles Is Blaine Gabbert, Blaine Gabbert Is Blake Bortles

“If I’m curt with you it’s because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please… with sugar on top. Clean the [expletive] car.” – The Wolf (Pulp Fiction)

New Houston Texans Head Coach, Bill O’Brien has been brought in to clean up the mess that Gary Kubiak‘s crew made. The Kubiak regime’s “let’s play this safe” onslaught, was nothing short of mediocre. Their conservative tactics dictated every decision they made from; the NFL draft, game preparation, game management, to where Gary Kubiak got his haircut.

In fairness to the draft, Rick Smith and his boy Kubes didn’t do too bad when it came to first round picks. But we’ll tackle that more tomorrow.

If Kubes was still running the show in Houston, you have to believe that Matt Schaub would be the Texans starting quarterback next season. Unless of course, Schaub’s arm fell off, and if that was the case Kubes would be forced to draft a quarterback. Let’s play that hand. Let’s say, Kubiak was still the Head Coach and HAD to draft a quarterback. He would pick Johnny Manziel, right?



Despite Gary loving him some, “whooping”, male cheerleaders, and the cult-like traditions that come with being an Aggie, there’s no way he would draft Johnny Manziel.  Manziel doesn’t fit the mold of what Gary likes in a quarterback.

  • Boring
  • NFL Size
  • Conservative
  • Runs the boot-leg

Kubiak would be all about that “Blake Bortles-Life”. 6’5″, 230 lbs. decent arm, stays in the pocket, checks down to his running back on the flat. Most importantly, a quarterback that “needs work”. It’s that conservative approach, that we all grew to hate.

There’s a difference between a quarterback that “needs some work” and “needs work”. Andrew Luck is a quarterback that needs to put in some work to tighten up on a few things here in there. Luck is also a leader, that WILL make things happen. He would qualify as a QB that “needs some work”.

Then there’s quarterbacks like Blaine Gabbert. NFL size, arm, and the rest of the package. He needs a lot of coaching to become a real NFL quarterback. He’ll need more than just time studying film and on the practice field. Gabbert might need to be sent to Afghanistan and get put in the trenches so he can learn how to brave it out in the NFL. Gabbert “needs work”.

When I look at Blake Bortles, I see Blaine Gabbert. There’s nothing about his game that tells me that he’s a first round pick.

Let’s compare Bortles vs Gabbert and look at the similarities.


It’s kind of scary how similar they are on the field and in size. Even their mannerisms are nearly the same.

Blake Bortles may turn out to be a good quarterback, unlike Gabbert. What I don’t like about the Houston Texans drafting him, is that he’s not worth the number one overall pick. He’s a early second round pick, if anything. If they’re going to take a chance at quarterback, they might as well, go big or go home. And by big, I mean, five foot eleven inches. I’m pretty tired of the conservative approach, are you?

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  • Mac Wolff

    I knew you’d come around.

    Thanks & Gig’em

  • marcusdoesurmom

    I got lost in Manziel’s eyes. It’s beyond me at this point. Those billboards on the side of the road are still the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. I’d rather see a billboard advertising dildos, than that mess.

  • Ray Qadri

    No QB in 2014 draft are worth # 1 not one. J Clowney should be # 1. He’s the beast from the East. Texans as usual are not a smart team therefore. they will pick Micky Mouse from A&M or Baked off from FLA. What a dumb ass team.

    • marcusdoesurmom

      I agree, I’d rather have Clowney over any QB in this draft. I’m not a fan of reaching on QB’s. If you draft a QB at #1 you’re stuck with trying to make it work, even if it’s not going too. 4 years down the drain.

  • Ray Qadri

    Every draft analyst agrees on Clowney to be the best athlete, while consensus varies from outright reject to maybe long stretch for 1st round pick. Why Texans are even considering worthless QB’s. Why not pick JC in 1st and pick a QB in second.

    • marcusdoesurmom

      They have enough film on these guys to make an educated choice on who is the best player in the draft, which is hands down Clowney, I think what it may come down to is blowing smoke or weighing options when evaluating the QB situation. What’s frightening about this whole thing is that, you’d be better off missing on Clowney than at QB. You’re stuck with a QB if you draft him #1. I haven’t seen O’Brien at work so I can only trust he makes the right choice.

  • Justin Sugden

    This article is pretty terrible. Leave the scouting to scouts.