The Jacksonville Jaguars may start the season without a clear winner at the quarterback position. There is a famous quote that says a team with two quarterbacks has no quarterback. (John Madden).
Doug Marrone says the quarterback position is “up for grabs.” In addition, he says he has a plan in mind. The Jaguars are improved in many areas but without adequate quarterback play it is difficult to be a winner in the NFL. Most articles on a variety of websites clearly state that Blake Bortles is on the way out the door. Adam Schefter at ESPN says the starting QB job is Henne’s to lose. Let’s take one last look at our three choices.
First, let’s look at Bortles. He came into camp the clear favorite. He worked hard during the off season to improve his mechanics and the Jaguars had enough faith in him not to draft a replacement. However, according to an analysis by Zach Goodall on BigCatCountry.com, he still has an elongated throwing motion and problems with accuracy. Sadly, he looks like the same player he was in 2016.
Next, we look at Chad Henne. He came into camp as the backup quarterback. He is a very solid backup. Suddenly, he is rumored to be the starter by numerous sources. Ryan Day of BigCatCountry.com, for one, states that he IS the starter. Zach Goodall (BigCatCiuntry.com) described him as the safe choice. He has a quick release and accuracy on the short to medium throw. On the other hand, he has poor downfield accuracy and limited mobility.
Last, a look at Brandon Allen. He is an unknown commodity. He has played during the preseason against second and third team competition. He has never started an NFL game. On the positive side, he is a mobile quarterback and can throw on the run. Also, his size is acceptable for a pro quarterback and he played SEC competition in college.
A STARTING QUARTERBACK?
There is obviously not a franchise quarterback on the roster at this time. Doug Marrone has a tough decision to make. A good choice might be to start Chad Henne but give Brandon Allen some time with the first team to see what he can do. The quarterback of the future is not on the Jaguar roster at this time.