The past two seasons have been rough for Big John Henderson; even during the Jags magical 2007 season his performance on the field slipped considerably from his Pro-Bowl years.
In 2005 and 2006 combined, Henderson compiled 121 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and a whopping 13 passes knocked down. The past two seasons his totals are 82 tackles, 4 sacks, and a measly 5 knocked down passes.
For the record, I’m not a statistics guy. Nevertheless, the contribution Henderson has made the past two seasons has been marginal, at best. The most memorable point of the season came in week 5, against the Steelers. The Jaguars were in a tight game with Pittsburgh (aren’t they all?). Ben Roethlisberger dropped back to pass and got hammered by Henderson. The crowd went wild, but the cheers turned to silence when Big Ben threw Big John to the ground as if he was Doug Flutie.
This would not have happened to the John Henderson of a few years ago.
Big John says his troubles are behind him and he’s “in”. He will have to be “in” for the Jaguars to have any success on defense this season. An effective Henderson will lead to double-teams and let the sophomore pass rushers (Groves and Harvey) pursue the quarterback.
A few more of those famous Henderson pass knockdowns wouldn’t hurt either.