Wednesday, September 18, 2013
QB Watch: Jaguars' Chad Henne
By Michael DiRocco
A weekly analysis of the Jaguars’ quarterback play.
Rewind: Chad Henne started in place of Blaine Gabbert (fractured thumb/lacerated hand) against Oakland and put up solid numbers: 28-of-35 for 241 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. But, as with Gabbert the week before, the offense struggled through much of the game. The bulk of Henne's passes were short throws and/or checkdowns, and he was under a lot of pressure (five sacks). It wasn’t until the fourth quarter, with the Raiders comfortably ahead and playing looser coverage, that Henne was able to get anything going downfield. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 142 yards in the final period. One of those passes was a 13-yarder to Clay Harbor for the team’s first touchdown of 2013.
Fast-forward: Gabbert hasn’t been officially ruled out of this week’s game at Seattle, but coach Gus Bradley said he didn’t anticipate Gabbert being available. He’s scheduled to get some of the 15 stitches removed from the back of his hand, but he hasn’t thrown a ball since the season opener. That means Henne will make his 39th career start, his eighth with Jacksonville. This week he faces a Seattle defense that leads the league in pass defense (113.0 yards per game) and total defense (230.0 yards per game).
Henne’s history: In his eight starts with the Jaguars, Henne has completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,756 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 interceptions. The Jaguars are 1-6 in those games and have lost six in a row.
Prediction: Maurice Jones-Drew is banged up, there’s no word yet on whether tight end Marcedes Lewis will play, the offensive line has given up 11 sacks, and there’s still two more weeks until Justin Blackmon can play. It’s not going to be pretty against the Seahawks.