July 27, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) goes back to pass as center Mike Brewster (60) defends him during the first day of training camp practice at Florida Blue Health

Combatting Incompetence: FOX Sports Edition

While we all know that the Jaguars receive very little attention nationally, whenever there is a list ranking the top 32 of something, we know that there will be a mention of the Jaguars.  Unless they completely forget to put the team on the list.

This week, FOX Sports released their list of the top 32 backup quarterbacks.  While I was pleasantly surprised to see Chad Henne sitting pretty at #6, I was more shocked at the horrendous write-up from our dear friend Peter Schrager:

Blaine Gabbert, how’s that seat feeling? Warm enough for you yet? Early reports from Jaguars’ training camp practice were treacherous. Gabbert reportedly couldn’t throw a rock in the ocean, and there are already whispers about whether Chad Henne will end up being the guy in Week 1. I’ve never been a huge Henne fan, myself, but the skills are no doubt there. At the very least, he’s a formidable NFL quarterback. You can win games with Henne.

I can agree with Mr. Schrager on one thing: I’m not a very big Henne fan myself.  However, everything else in here – from the snide comments about whispers nobody seems to be hearing but him to being able to win with Henne – is about as poor as I’ve read in a while.

To understand why he thinks Gabbert can’t throw a rock into the ocean, we need to turn to Vito Stellino:

While it sounds bad (and is) Vito went on to clarify:


While 1-5 on twelve passing downs isn’t a good thing, it’s certainly better than 1-12 as some people thought.  20% completion isn’t going to cut it in the NFL, but it’s a whole heck of a lot better than the 8% that 1-12 would have been.  Despite early struggles by Gabbert during training camp, he has not been as poor as people think.  A lot of series, especially in 7×7 drills, have led to him completing 2-3 of his passes.

The whispers that are suggested in the short paragraph about Henne taking over for week one have no basis – at least that I have seen around the blogs and Jaguar sites.  It seems that the only whispers where this is happening are coming from FOX and CBS and a few other outlets who are circulating dissent because who wouldn’t after Gabbert’s 2011 season.

While I’m not certain you can label a 13-18 record as a starter as being able to “win with Henne,” it’s pretty obvious that the disdain for Gabbert seeps through a solid evaluation of the quarterback position in Jacksonville.

Sometimes it’s tough being a Jaguars fan, the media who does little research and likes to draw random conclusions always makes it worse.

– Luke N. Sims

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