Did Blaine Gabbert Actually Improve?

January 8th, 2023

First appearance this season.

So for the first time this season, a guy not named “Tom Brady” took snaps for the Bucs behind center.

And damn, it made Joe feel good.

No, no, no. Joe is not rooting for the Bucs to bench Tom Brady. Let’s not be ridiculous. But man, Joe cannot recall Blaine Gabbert looking this sharp.

Man, Gabbert threw some darts!

When the former first-round pick of the Jags, the life-saving Gabbert, entered the game in the second quarter, he looked damn sharp. He should have had a touchdown to Devin Thompkins, hitting the rookie right in the hands but it was dropped.

Gabbert later connected with Russell Gage for a score before the half.

Joe doesn’t ever remember Gabbert having as quick of a release as he demonstrated in the first half. It sure appears he was working on that with all of his time waiting to get on the field of play this year.

If Gabbert has actually improved, was today a showcase to the Bucs that if Brady retires or signs elsewhere this spring, Gabbert should be considered a potential starter for 2023?

44 Responses to “Did Blaine Gabbert Actually Improve?”

  1. Goatfarmer Says:

    At least the Trashk fanboys got their wish, he played really well.


    He sucks so hard there is no chrome left on any trailer hitch in the world.

  2. Derek Says:

    Will there be a podcast this week?

  3. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    No. Resign Brady at earliest opportunity.

    Blaine played well, though.

  4. Rod Munch Says:


  5. HC Grover Says:

    He will start for Bowzo next year. ROFL. This season was a turn off.

  6. cmurda Says:

    I agree Rod. Trask is not inspiring confidence.

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    No. No. No. No. No.

    Under no circumstances are we to go from Brady to Gabbert.

    I’d take Trask, Dilfer, Chandler, or even Steve DeBerg, now, at age 70.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    With our OLine…..a quick release is a requisite.

  9. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Holy Fcccck. Joe must be drunk off his azzz.

  10. Jack Clark Says:

    He did not improve enough to be a starting NFL quarterback, but he did improve

  11. orlbucfan Says:


  12. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Gabbert stinks. The only reason he is still here is to maintain status quo from 2020.

  13. Tackleblockwin Says:

    I’m not a backup QB fanboy, but I do not think you can fully evaluate a QB when all he does is play with other backups. However, from the little I’ve seen I’m leaning towards Trask not being a future top 15 QB in this league lol.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I really, really hope they fire Bowles. Heck…try to hire Dungy back…pleeeease?

    Or maybe Pit will fire Tomlin…(dreaming)…

    Honestly…I do not want to return to the old Bucs. I can accept a rough season with a young QB…one rough season. But he better show rapid signs of improvement in areas of weakness.

    If we go with Trask, stay with him throughout the year. Give him time to learn and get the right guy coaching him.

  15. Crickett Baker Says:

    Arians always said Gabbert improved.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    They could have told him to throw low to avoid turnovers. Not that it mattered by the point he went in. Plus…that defensive line was hitting him really fast.

    I’m guessing giving him a few more seconds would show a huge difference.

    But…I know nothing about him. I just love an underdog story.

  17. BucfaninMi Says:


  18. Craig Says:

    I don’t think the Bucs management can do a single thing to influence Brady. He will do what he wants.

    The Bucs could really make use of the $40 million from his salary though.

    Gabbert will not hold up for a whole season. Trask was still playing with the third and fourth string guys, and it looks like Atlanta has better third and fourth string guys, so the jury is still out.

    Bucs need to bring in some other back up QB and open a real competition, not anoint a QB if Brady walks.

    Trask, at least, kept trying, and that is about all we still know.

  19. Frank Pillow Says:

    Gimme a break Joes.

  20. Rod Munch Says:

    If Brady isn’t back, and being in legit salary cap hell, you’re Tanking with Trask ™ next season. If Trask stinks, great, he gets you the top pick in 2024. If Trask is awesome, great, you got yourself a QB.

    No reason you’d want Gabbert around unless you’re running installing a new swimming pool at One Buc Place and he’s going to be a lifeguard.

  21. cmurda Says:

    I’m hoping we don’t go with either one. Blaine was decent but he’s a backup. That’s who he is and I’m not high on Trask. I think you have to be high to be high on Trask. If Brady does retire or leave, the QB search should still be on.

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    January 8th, 2023 at 4:13 pm
    I really, really hope they fire Bowles.
    Why? Cos he’s always had to deal with Brady? This playoff game will be something to watch. Trask has never played nor probably practiced with the first string O and D. So, this game showed little in that regard. Gabbert sucked but that’s nothing new.

  23. Bucobill999 Says:

    You play trask next year if you want #1 in 2024

  24. JimmyfromNY Says:

    This team better pray to the heavens above that #12 comes back. Bucs are at the bottom of the league without him. Speechless the incompetence of the coaching staff.

  25. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Where’s oneilbuc?

  26. Cobraboy Says:

    @Bonzai: I’d like to see both Bowles/entire staff fired, and Mike Vrabel fired…and Vrabel become the Buc HC.

  27. cmurda Says:

    Wait, did you just trademark that Rod?

  28. Goatfarmer Says:

    Gabbert? Starter???

    Ha. Haha!


    Sure. Pass the bottle, the bong and the ‘’ludes. He’ll be great.

  29. sasquatch Says:

    Every time he’s played for us, which isn’t much, he’s looked better than decent.

    As usual, when a guy doesn’t succeed as a young player, fans love to hate and write him off. All the while, the guy is working on his game, and then the haters act surprised when he plays well. Gabbert always had talent, he just got dealt a really bad hand in his early career with constant change, a new coordinator every year until he eventually hooked up with Arians.

  30. bucs4life Says:

    Some people here were screaming all year that Trask is good and Brady is washed AND that Leftwich is blameless (!!!) for the state of the offense. Today we got to see how wrong they were. Hope they have some honor left and don’t show their faces here again.

  31. LongSeason Says:

    Hard to gauge Trask on a couple minutes of play, but he wasn’t impressive. Blaine Gabbert always sucked a–.
    We can has the worst backup QBs in the NFL.
    When Brady leaves welcome to the team in the trash can.

  32. Beej Says:

    Pffft. Miami was playing Mike Glennon, Bears played Nathan Peterson

  33. Buddha Says:

    Gabbert’s QB rating was 118.3. What is the evidence that “he stinks” now? Good point, Joe. He has learned from being close to the GOAT. Time will tell, but the guy always was talented and never had any supporting cast.

  34. Kentucky Buc Says:

    “whiskey bottles and brand new cars,
    Oak tree your in my way.”

  35. Oxycondoms Says:

    Camarda is a better qb than trask

  36. Oddball Says:

    sasquatch Says:
    January 8th, 2023 at 4:57 pm
    Every time he’s played for us, which isn’t much, he’s looked better than decent.

    Or more better than gooder.

  37. Wild Bill Says:

    Gabbert was good at first. And then he wasn’t. The whole game mostly sucked after the Bucs early lead. It’s been a long disappointing season. Hard to imagine it getting better in the playoffs. One and done the likely result. Just being real. Wish they could win a few rounds but not very likely.

  38. Joe Says:

    I don’t think the Bucs management can do a single thing to influence Brady.

    “Management?” Maybe not.

    “Ownership?” Oh, yes.

  39. Goatfarmer Says:

    Equity stake in the team .

  40. Goatfarmer Says:

    Let’s face it. Blowes will make every decision wrong. It doesn’t matter. Big or small. Look at today. He neither rested players nor went for the win. He totally demoralized his team and fans, and still got three key players hurt in the process. This guy could make the atomic clock go off its timing.

  41. Brandon Says:

    Gabbert came in against the Lions two years ago and looked excellent. He knows the offense better than anyone and has first round tools. He’s among the best 2nd QBs in the league and is as likely as anyone to be the next Rich Gannon.

  42. Pewter Power Says:


  43. lambchop Says:

    Why can’t Gabbert have learned under Tom and improved? I’m willing to kick the tires on him. There’s a reason Trash is still #3. The goons commenting that Gabbert isn’t worth looking at would have traded Brock Purdy and Jimmy Garoppolo for a ham sandwich and handed the job to Trey Lance. LMAO.

    Most raw QBs who don’t pan out are either in the wrong system, have too much pressure to be the savior, or they don’t know what it takes to win in the NFL. Gabbert has been in presumably the same system for a long time and he hopefully has learned what it takes to win watching Tom. Savior? Nah, I don’t think anyone expects that. If he can manage the game, this defense can win games for him.

  44. Reach87 Says:

    Any Bucs fans on this site? Go Bucs!