In this series, Michael DiRocco counts down 10 plays that shaped the Jacksonville Jaguars' season.
Play No. 10: Pick-six
Situation: Third-and-10 from the Jacksonville 12-yard line.
Score: Kansas City leads 21-2.
Time: 12:59 remaining in the fourth quarter
DiRocco’s take: With one pass Blaine Gabbert undid everything he had done in training camp to beat out Chad Henne for the starting job. Gabbert was trying to throw a screen to Justin Forsett but somehow failed to see Tamba Hali standing in front of the running back. Hali easily picked it off and walked into the end zone for a touchdown. It’s not unusual for quarterbacks to throw interceptions on screen passes, but this was an inexplicable decision. There’s no way Gabbert should have missed seeing Hali. The game was already over at that point but that play was disheartening for Gabbert and the offense.
Season impact: That was just further ammunition for the anti-Gabbert contingent of fans, which by that point was pretty much anybody with eyes. Gabbert never seemed to recover from the play, either. He threw five more interceptions in his remaining two starts, including two that were returned for touchdowns, and was eventually benched. That turned out to be the best thing for the offense because Henne came in and stabilized things enough for the Jaguars to go 4-4 in the second half of the season.
Quote from Gabbert: "… The guy [Hali] made a great play. We tried to get a cut on him, but he popped up. But I can't throw that. I’ve got to find a way to doctor it or scramble."