When you are perceived by many as one thing it is hard to change that perception. When your reputation is earned over several years, it's hard to break.
We are seeing that with Blaine Gabbert in the preseason, not by his highs, which have been good, but by everything else he does.
It is what makes the game so entertaining.
Last night, in a 3rd and 5 situation, Gabbert threw to Elijhaa Penny four yards past the line of scrimmage, short of the stick with two men on Penny. The pass was incomplete but it wouldn't have mattered.
I tweeted out during the game:
I'll never understand that throw from Gabbert. Third down and you throw to a RB short of the sticks...— Revenge of the Birds (@revengeofbirds) August 27, 2017
It elicited a number of responses:
Brady is a Niners fan and spent two seasons trying to understand when he realized, there's nothing to get.
It didn't get better from there.
I've seen it. With my own eyes.— David Cochrane (@CochraneCBC) August 27, 2017
That was a staple for us last year... pray that he never hits the field for you guys. It gets worse— LFAA (@meny1987) August 27, 2017
welcome to the Gabbert show!— darkchi (@chobits23) August 27, 2017
That's why he is who he is.— Robbie Patterson (@RobbiePIII) August 27, 2017
That's his game— GT (@ronniejamesgio) August 27, 2017
This describes every single gabbert 3rd down throw. You shouldn't be surprised— Cody Butler (@enjumuneer) August 27, 2017
Blaine Gabbert makes Alex Smith look like Evil Knievel.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 27, 2017
The beauty of this tweet is it could have been sent any time since he was drafted in 2011. https://t.co/VVRyIFk19c— greebs (@greebs) August 27, 2017
Oh we understand it....weeeee understand it.— GoldBlooded (@GoldBlooded44) August 27, 2017
Anyone that has lived through Gabbert playing as the quarterback on their favorite team is glad that he isn't their problem anymore, even if he looked better than before.
Of course, if you're new to the experience or he is the quarterback of your team in some capacity, you'll find something positive to come away from it:
Blaine Bradford. Sometimes QBs are taught to avoid turnovers and live to fight another series. BA doesn't teach that. https://t.co/r6BWJxdy17— Blake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) August 27, 2017
Anyway you slice it, the Blaine Gabbert experience is here with the Arizona Cardinals. Make of it what you will.