The Jacksonville Jaguars, or at least Mike Mularkey, have made the decision to bench Blaine Gabbert and start Chad Henne. This move, hot off a 354 yard, four touchdown performance is not really a shock for anybody who is thinking about Mularkey’s predicament in Jacksonville: win now, or you’re bound to be out with Gene Smith in the offseason.
Henne has been a starter in the league before (with Miami before moving to Jacksonville this season) and he knows how to lead an offense. Both of these things have to have been appealing to Mularkey in making the shift away from a banged up Gabbert. When your team is 1-9 (two losses when Henne had significant time) something needs to change and that change may as well be your struggling quarterback.
The move doesn’t eliminate Gabbert from ever coming back to the starting spot, but it certainly makes the road more difficult – assuming that Henne performs at a level close to the Texans game.
This announcement ruins my prediction that Henne would not take a snap as a replacement for Gabbert based on performance. Gabbert’s steps toward being a high-caliber starting quarterback have been too slow and have forced Mularkey to pull the plug…for now.
– Luke N. Sims