2012 NFL Free Agents: Why Chad Henne Is a Good Fit for Jacksonville Jaguars

Jason HenryCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 2:   Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of Miami Dolphinshands the ball off to runningback Reggie Bush #22 against  the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on October 2, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Living in the state of Florida, I believe it's safe to say I am in the minority when I state that Chad Henne can be a good quarterback. During his time with the Miami Dolphins, he had more than 7,000 passing yards and 31 touchdowns.

I believe that is a pretty good haul for a quarterback who has only played in 36 games.

The Jags decided to sign the former Michigan signal-caller to a two-year deal. He’s expected to “push” starter Blaine Gabbert next season and if he plays poorly, Henne may very well become the starter.

The Jags are by no means a team on the verge of a breakout—but then again, most thought that of the San Francisco 49ers last season. They have a fantastic running back in Maurice Jones-Drew, and now that wide receiver Laurent Robinson is on board, their offense may not be so vanilla.

However, before you shut the laptop down, hear me out.

Henne’s best season as a pro came in 2010. It was his third year in the league and he passed the ball almost 500 times. Henne had close to 3,400 passing yards with 15 touchdowns. I believe that’s pretty good, no?

Next, he completed over 60 percent of his passes, all while he attempted the 13th most passes in the league.

The bottom line regarding Henne is that he was asked to do a lot. He took on the assignment and did as well as he could.

Because Henne is in Jacksonville to push Gabbert, he has another opportunity to learn a new offense and gain a fresh start. According to reports, Gabbert wasn’t former head coach Jack Del Rio’s favorite. If he continues to put up such paltry numbers (5.4 yards per attempt, 50 percent completion percentage), it may not matter who is high on him and who isn’t.

He will not be there long.