Blaine Gabbert Would Like To Know Who Michael Lombardi Is

The rookie season for the No. 10 pick in the 2011 NFL draft was less than stellar. Blaine Gabbert completed just 50 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns to 11 picks in 14 starts last year. Yeah, he's a rookie but watching him play you got the feeling he had a long way to go.

NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, like a lot of other people, questioned Gabbert's development in his rookie season and wrote all about it. Lombardi said he's never seen a rookie look as "scared" as Gabbert, that the game looks "too big for him", that he treats the ball "like a hot potato." His rookie season was "embarrassing", Lombardi wrote.

Now Gabbert wants to know exactly who this Lombardi fellow is. Via CBSSports.com:

"Who is Mike Lombardi?" Gabbert said. "Every season a player is going to have a certain label. It creates buzz. It creates controversy and interest. Whatever the label is for the year, it's going to stick with you. He doesn't know what's going on. He doesn't know anything about me. It's comical. It's funny."

Despite what Gabbert says about labels and creating controversy, Lombardi is not alone in his evaluation of Gabbert. Plenty of others felt the same way and Gabbert's numbers tend to back that up.

But if you're into making excuses for a player, this story has plenty of them for Gabbert's rookie year.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.