When looking at Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks, there is a clear difference between the better players and those who leave a lot to be desired. We rank the top five here.
While some of us are still blown away by Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles’ passer rating on slant routes, it’s important to get some perspective.
In order to do that, we’re going to take a look at the five best quarterbacks the franchise has ever fielded. While the latest crop of quarterbacks have been frustrating and downright poor since 2011, the Jags have been surprisingly blessed with capable starters for a young franchise.
While the Carolina Panthers have had it better, fellow expansion clubs like the Houston Texans and the second-iteration Cleveland Browns have struggled to find competent passers. That’s a small feather in the Jags’ collective cap.
Before diving into the list, it’s important to set some qualifications. In order to be considered among the top five all-time for the franchise, a player must have had at least 10 starts. As much as we all love Steve Beuerlein and Quinn Gray, they simply don’t make the cut with just six starts and four starts, respectively.
That only gives the Jaguars a handful of quarterbacks in contention for top-five of all time. I’ll end some suspense by saying that Blaine Gabbert and his abysmal 5.6 yards per attempt and 5-22 record is not on the list.
With that out of the way, let’s dive in:
5) Chad Henne: 5-17 record, 57.7 completion percentage, 27 touchdowns, 26 interceptions, 6.5 yards per attempt, 200.6 yards per game
If that looks like the stat line of a mediocre quarterback to you, you’d be right. The Chad Henne era was an odd combination of backup duty, forced into a starting role, surrendering that role with one of the most anemic offenses in football, and then back to back up duty.
Bonus points to Henne for his epic mustache game that has never seemed to slow down even with minor bouts of a clean mug.
But when the best that can be said of a player is that his mustache is great and he’s a serviceable backup, there’s something wrong. Mustache or not, Henne has never been particularly good for the Jaguars and he hasn’t done more to push the young quarterbacks under his purview: Gabbert and Blake Bortles.
Still, Henne’s 5817 yards ranks fifth in franchise history and his 200.6 yards per game ranks fourth. Nothing to write home about, but serviceable. Henne remains with the team backing up Bortles for now.