The Jacksonville Jaguars offense seems to have found a rhythm with backup quarterback Chad Henne under center the past two weeks.
Henne turned in his second consecutive strong performance as the Jaguars picked up their first home win of the season and second overall win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
After having his first pass of the game tipped and intercepted, Henne came back to throw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and led the Jaguars offense to 24 points and a win. The most impressive part of Henne’s performance was his ability to maintain his poise in the pocket despite being sacked seven times by the Titans defense.
With Henne under center and running back Maurice Jones-Drew out, the Jaguars have evolved into a pass first offense and for the first time in years they have the weapons to successfully throw the ball. Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon and Marcedes Lewis all had over 50 yards receiving yesterday. Shorts, who may be the breakout star of the 2012 NFL season, had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and caught his fourth touchdown pass of over 50-yards this season on Sunday. Blackmon has also emerged over the past two games as Henne has shown that he is more willing than Blaine Gabbert to throw the ball over the middle of the field where Blackmon thrives.
Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said prior to the Titans game that Henne was essentially auditioning to be the starting quarterback next year and he now has five games left against an extremely favorable schedule to make his case.