Chad Henne: Jaguars Must Continue to Move on from Bust Blaine Gabbert

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 19, 2012

November 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are a sinking embarrassment in dire need of an overhaul, and moving away from second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert is a must. 

Gabbert is just awful and isn't improving. The Jaguars may finally be beginning to recognize this. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter highlights Gabbert with this tweet. 

Jags announced Chad Henne starts again this week.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 19, 2012

Given the way things transpired on Sunday, the announcement isn't shocking. The only thing that seemingly would have prevented it would be a staunch stubbornness to prove that using the No. 10 pick on Gabbert two drafts ago was not a terrible decision.

Gabbert injured his arm in the first quarter against the Houston Texans on November 18. He was replaced by Henne, and the veteran quarterback sparked the offense to an explosive kind of performance it hadn't even hinted at previously. 

Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-37 overtime loss. For those of you keeping score at home, Gabbert has only thrown nine all year. 

This isn't just about numbers either. Gabbert wasn't making strides towards competency. He is still struggling to go through his reads, making bad decisions, exhibiting bad mechanics, and more than anything, he is not doing anything to create big plays for an offense that desperately needs them. 

All of a sudden the Jaguars have a quarterback to run the offense while aggressively looking to make plays, and they actually made some. Rookie Justin Blackmon finally showed his potential by turning in a seven-catch, 236-yard game. That almost doubled his yardage total for the season!

Now, it needs to be mentioned that a similar circumstance occurred this year when the Jaguars lost to the Raiders and the offense didn't spring to life under Henne.

But this isn't about Henne. This is about Gabbert, and the fact remains that at no time under Gabbert has the offense looked anywhere near as explosive as it did on Sunday under Henne. If Gabbert has what it takes to be the future of this franchise, he would have at least had a few instances or flashes of greatness by now. 

Instead, it's just been consistent underwhelming play, and the Jaguars now must commit to a future that in no way revolves around Gabbert. It is the only way this sad franchise can truly begin to rebuild.