What Does Blaine Gabbert's Week 11 Injury Mean for Jaguars, Fantasy Owners?

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystNovember 18, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks up at the scoreboard at Reliant Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Houston wins 43-37 in overtime. Gabbert left the game with an unknown injury.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Usually in the National Football League, when a team's starting quarterback goes down with an injury, both fans of that team and fantasy owners of the offensive skill players on that team grimace.

Of course, usually in the NFL a team's starting quarterback is marginally good.

Such is not the case with the Jacksonville Jaguars and "starter" Blaine Gabbert, at least if what happened once Gabbert left Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans is any indication.

After Gabbert was forced from the game in the first quarter with an elbow injury, backup Chad Henne entered the game and led the Jacksonville Jaguars to by far their best offensive performance of the season, taking the 8-1 Texans to overtime before eventually falling 43-37.

The 27-year-old Henne, who replaced Gabbert for the second straight game, completed 16 of 33 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the loss, and there would appear to be a full-blown quarterback controversy in Jacksonville.

There shouldn't be. Blaine Gabbert is awful, and he's given zero indication in his second NFL season that he has any intention of improving or developing into anything resembling a franchise quarterback.

The best possible thing that could happen for fantasy owners of Jacksonville receivers (yes, they exist) is for Henne to remain the quarterback.

Jacksonville's rookie wideouts both had good games with Henne under center, with Cecil Shorts reeling in three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, while first-round pick Justin Blackmon, who has been absolutely invisible most of the season, exploded for 236 receiving yards and a score on seven catches.

Think that happens with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback? Me neither.

Granted, Henne's insertion under center would seem to put the last nail in the fantasy coffin of Laurent Robinson, who posted a goose egg today, but given that Robinson was little more than a desperation start with Gabbert calling the plays, does anyone care?

Me neither.

The fact of the matter is this. Blaine Gabbert is not the long-term answer at quarterback for the Jaguars, and if they have any intention of winning another game this year, he isn't the short-term answer either.

As we near the fantasy playoffs, let's hope that Mike Mularkey realizes that and leaves Chad Henne out there regardless of Gabbert's health, because from a fantasy football perspective, Gabbert is bad for ours.