Chad Henne to Start Sunday
Might that be the best thing for the Jaguars’ offense?
Henne sparked the offense in the final six games of the 2012 regular season. Gabbert started the first 10 games of 2012 and suffered a forearm injury after throwing just two passes in the 10th game. In those first nine starts by Gabbert the Jaguars averaged 263.6 yards per game, 185.3 passing yards per game, and 14.1 points per game.
Gabbert’s injury landed him on injured reserve and Henne started the final six games, during which the Jaguars averaged 326.3 yards per game, 233.3 passing yards per game, and 15.3 points per game. The record wasn’t much better — Gabbert went 1-9 and Henne 1-5 — but the offense was.
Those are significant increases in yardage and it would seem Henne would be the better option in 2013. However, he didn’t show enough during OTAs, minicamps or training camp to convince new general manager Dave Caldwell or new coach Gus Bradley to name him the starter. Even after Gabbert missed the second half of the preseason with the thumb injury and didn’t start throwing again until the weekend before the opener, Bradley decided to go with Gabbert against Kansas City.
Now he’s got no choice and Sunday may present Bradley with an interesting dilemma. If Henne plays well against the Raiders — which held Andrew Luck to just 178 yards passing on Sunday — one week after Gabbert played so poorly …
“That would be a good thing,” Bradley said.
But that would mean a quarterback controversy, especially if Gabbert is cleared to play the following week against Seattle.