That loud sound you heard Sunday afternoon was the sound of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense crashing back down to Earth after two weeks of success.
The Jaguars offense, which seemed to get a temporary boost with new starting quarterback Chad Henne under center, could only muster 236 yards on a rainy, wet afternoon in Western New York in a 34-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
The excitement that Henne generated by leading the Jaguars to a win last week turned out to be more fool’s gold than an actual sign of things to come for an offense that has struggled to move the ball consistently this season. Henne was one of the main culprits for the Jaguars offensive struggles on Sunday, completing fewer than 50% of his passes for only 208 yards while turning the ball over twice.
Henne was bound to have a game like this eventually. It was the kind of game that he had frequently with the Miami Dolphins that led to the initial questions as to whether or not he was a good long-term solution for a team at the quarterback position. The truth is that Henne’s poor accuracy and arm strength suggest that he will never be able to sustain success as a starting quarterback and he is better suited to serve as a team’s backup.
Some may want to suggest that the weather was the reason Henne looked so pedestrian on Sunday, but that would be an excuse. The rain does not explain some of the poor throws Henne made.
Henne’s performances the previous two weeks were merely just a desert mirage in the unmitigated disaster that has been the Jaguars 2012 season and should put to rest any fears that he will win enough down the stretch to save general manager Gene Smith’s job.