Jets vs. Jaguars: The Chad Henne Era Looks Eerily Familiar

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

Blaine Gab...err...Chad Henne had a rough day against the Jets.
Blaine Gab...err...Chad Henne had a rough day against the Jets.Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Empty drives, sacks, missed throws, 10 points and a loss.

The same characteristics that defined the ill-fated reign of Blaine Gabbert as starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars have come to mark the tenure of Chad Henne in the same job.

The Jaguars dropped their 11th game of the season, a 17-10 loss to the New York Jets that displayed the same qualities that have typified their disastrous 2012 season.

Jacksonville's defense was stout most of the day but weakened during a four-drive stretch to open the second half.

With the Jaguars leading 3-0, the Jets put up two touchdowns and a field goal aided by a combined effort from Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene, who totaled 155 yards and two scores on 39 carries.

It was the second straight collapse of the Jaguars' run defense, following a weak outing against the Bills in Week 13.

Despite the failure to corral the Jets' run offense, holding the Jets to 17 points should have been enough to win the game. The offense wasn't up to the task, however.

Henne had flashes of competence, but absorbed three sacks and threw two interceptions. Both picks came on throws where he was hit in motion, sending his tosses off-target and into the arms of waiting Jets players.

The result was just 168 net passing yards on 43 attempts for a putrid 3.7 net yards per pass.

That's absolutely Gabbert-esque.

If the last two weeks with Henne have shown anything it's that Jacksonville still has a quarterback problem. Henne's struggles in no way absolve Gabbert for his crimes against football and the art of quarterbacking, but they do illustrate that there is no long-term answer on the roster for Jacksonville.

Perhaps the Jaguars really should consider talking to the Jets about trading for one of their quarterbacks for next year.

And that, of course, refers to Mark Sanchez, who hit 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards. It was another uninspiring performance from the embattled signal-caller. Still living of the ability of his defense, Sanchez looked lost against a suspect Jaguars secondary.

Of course, should the savior of the franchise not come via the Big Apple, he could still descend upon Jacksonville via the draft.

The loss kept the Jags in the running for the first overall pick in the 2013 draft. A loss by the Kansas City Chiefs dropped their record to 2-11 as well, but they currently own the tiebreaker with the Jaguars by a comfortable margin.

Jacksonville will travel to Miami to take on the in-state rival Dolphins in Week 15, and with the Patriots and a road game at Tennessee still left on the docket, it's highly questionable whether the Jaguars have any wins left in them in 2012.