After Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert suffered a laceration in his hand on Sunday, the team has ruled him out officially for week two against the Oakland Raiders. Backup quarterback Chad Henne will start in place of Gabbert in hopes of revitalizing an offense that was all but dead in week one against the Kansas City Chiefs.
So, the question is: How will Henne fare in his first start of the season? Better yet, how will the Jaguars do as a team with Henne as their starter, versus under Gabbert?
Well, Henne only won one game last season as a starter. But, at times he gave the offense more of a lift than Gabbert ever did. Henne is one of those quarterbacks that can have huge games and then not-so-huge games within a couple weeks of each other.
In 2012, Henne had two 300-plus yard games with another 298-yard performance to nearly give him three. He only threw for under 200 yards in two of his starts last year, making it obvious that he can at least get the ball to his receivers. Speaking of receivers, starter Cecil Shorts should benefit from Henne being in the lineup Sunday.
In the first five games of the 2012 season, Shorts only had one game with 80 yards receiving or more. After Henne stepped in as the starter, Shorts produced five of those games. Henne also seemed to create more of a chemistry with rookie wideout Justin Blackmon last year, however, Blackmon will not be suiting up due to a suspension for the first four games this year.
The bottom line for Henne and the Jaguars is, in my opinion, that they have a better chance to win with Henne on the field. Gabbert looks absolutely pitiful for the most part and Henne has at least produced some halfway decent games as the starter recently. Jacksonville would also help themselves if they could get Maurice Jones-Drew established early on.
Will Henne be enough for a win against an exciting, new starter in Terrelle Pryor and his Raiders? Possibly. We’ll have to wait and see if he can at least put the ball in the end zone once , which the Jaguars failed to do last week.