Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert wasn't on the field for one of the most valuable football lessons he has ever received:
Don't let yourself become affected by outside criticism.
Five games into his 2008 freshman year at the University of Missouri, the Tigers were on the cusp of a No. 1 poll ranking. Starting quarterback Chase Daniel was the toast of Columbia for leading Mizzou to such heights.
And then came an upset home loss to Oklahoma State that ruined the team's national championship aspirations.
"All of a sudden, the media just turned on him," Gabbert recently recalled. "That was the first time I realized you can't worry about what they say because they don't know.
"There's a certain point where you learn to take care of your own business and worry about the guys in the locker room. Those are the guys on the field that are with you week in and week out."
Such healthy perspective is serving Gabbert well this preseason.
The negativity surrounding Gabbert fro...