Jacksonville Jaguars Mid-Season Report Card – Grading the Quarterbacks


The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of arguably the most inept stretch of football in the history of the NFL. Mercifully, they have a bye this week to regroup and reevaluate some players and decide how to approach the last 8 games.

The bye week also gives us to the opportunity to grade the personnel and their performance so far. Today’s sadness is the quarterback position.

Oct 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; A Jacksonville Jaguars trainer examines the left arm of quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at The Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

DropbacksComp. %TDINTYds/AttPasser RatingPFF GradePFF QB Ranking (out of 37)
Blaine Gabbert10548.8175.636-11.136
Chad Henne23760.6356.775.3-8.534

Blaine Gabbert came into the regular season as the starter almost entirely on the premise of seeing whether or not he could develop into a competent passer. Well it didn’t take very long for Gabbert to play himself out of the Jaguars’ future plans and maybe out of the league. It’s hard to fathom just how bad he’s been and that he’s regressed. He’s made no significant progress on his most prevalent issues – pocket presence, downfield accuracy, and decision making.

Chad Henne has been better but only marginally. Henne has at least been able to compile some cheap stats during garbage time when the game is well out of reach. His 60% completion rate seems acceptable, but 131 of his 200 throws have been within ten yards or behind the line of scrimmage. Henne seems to look down the field less and less every game and can’t make plays when they matter. He’s not the dumpster fire that Gabbert is, but he’s still pretty terrible and likely won’t be on the team next year as well.

Of all the deficiencies on the Jaguars’ roster, quarterback is by far the most frustrating. There is a decent amount of talent on the offense but that doesn’t matter without the right guy behind center. We’ll have to wait until May, but this team should be a lot more fun to watch next year.

Mid-Season Grades: Quarterback

Blaine Gabbert – F

Chad Henne – F+

– Daniel Lago

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