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Mularkey says Gabbert ready to roll

Blaine Gabbert comes off a rocky rookie season for the Jaguars, but new head coach Mike Mularkey believes the second-year quarterback will take a big step forward next season. Mularkey is counting on offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski to turn Gabbert around in short order.

“I think that’ll be a good relationship with Bob and Blaine,” Mularkey said. “Bob was in Cincinnati when Carson Palmer was drafted there, and Bob had the opportunity to work with Matt Ryan last year. And so he’s had some experience with young quarterbacks,

early drafted quarterbacks. He’s familiar with the system, which helps immensely. I know they’ve talked on a personal level. He and [quarterbacks coach] Greg Olson together, and I include myself, should have a good relationship and see if we can get the best out of Blaine.”

Mularkey said he can do some things schematically to assist Gabbert, although the head coach wouldn’t get into details.

“Scheme-wise is going to be important how we do things for Blaine,” he said. “There are some things we can do in the scheme alone that can help out his production. Obviously the 14 games he’s played are going to be invaluable.”

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