Backup quarterbacks never know when they will have the opportunity to come into the game and play, but when that time comes, they need to be ready. Chad Henne was ready as he went toe-to-toe with the Houston Texans today, only to fall short in overtime.
In a year with very few positives for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the most recent injury to quarterback Blaine Gabbert may have revealed some hope for the future of this struggling franchise.
After Gabbert injured his shoulder last week against the Indianapolis Colts, former Miami Dolphin Chad Henne entered the game late and brought some life to the team. Although they still lost to the Colts, he provided a spark and scored the Jaguars' only touchdown.
Fast forward one week, and it happens again, only this time Henne has time to play. Going against the 8-1 Houston Texans, Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Despite losing, the Jaguars scored 37 points against one of the league's best defenses. The Jaguars entered this game scoring a measly 14.1 points per game, last in the NFL.
There's no doubt now that the quarterback controversy is alive and well in Jacksonville. This is a team that has been involved in relocation rumors in recent years and has not had a winning season since 2007. New owner Shad Khan could make early changes if the 1-9 Jaguars don't show signs of improvement.
After last season, the Jaguars fired head coach Jack Del Rio and replaced him with the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.
Mularkey was notorious for being stubborn with his play calling in Atlanta, and there seems to be the possibility that he could be doing the same with his personnel decisions.
After the loss to the Colts, Mularkey was on record saying that he would not be considering making a change at quarterback. After the performance Chad Henne put up Sunday, Mularkey may wish to reconsider, or he could find himself being replaced.