Chad Henne will be starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars when they open the season against the Philadelphia Eagles. As he gets under center and settles into the offense, Henne must prove that he deserves to start for the Jags. It isn’t a matter of playing “good enough” it’s about showing that he can be a difference maker, because right behind him Blake Bortles will be itching to get playing time.
Henne’s career has been hit and miss on a consistent basis. He hasn’t shown he has the ability to string together solid game after solid game. It’s not entirely his fault, since he has had a run of offensive coordinators, but entering year two with Jedd Fisch as the OC in Jacksonville, Henne will need to prove that the glimmers of talent he has shown throughout his career are here to stay.
ESPN’s Michael DiRocco suggests in this piece that Henne has been waiting for some “peace of mind” and that he is now in the ideal situation.
"“Henne said this might be the most comfortable he’s felt in his career as the Jaguars prepare to open the season at Philadelphia on Sunday. He’s in his second year in offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch’s system and, more importantly for his piece of mind, the Jaguars’ unquestioned starter.”"
But being an unquestioned starter entering the season and being the unquestioned starter after week one are two different things. As happy as I am for Henne to feel comfortable, he needs to display the ability to win. He needs to show that he deserves the starting job. It’s his to lose right now, but for how long will that last?
Henne has the right attitude and he appears to be working hard. I hope that he can come out on Sunday and show that he can be an effective starter for the Jaguars. But I want to see more than that. I want to see Henne light it up. I want to see Henne throw for 400 yards, a couple TDs, and complete 65% of his passes. We Jags fans are tired of mediocre quarterback play.
It’s time for Chad Henne to step up.
It’s time for Chad Henne to show that he deserves to start.