Chad Henne: Why the Jags Should Give Him a Shot Regardless of Gabbert's Health

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIINovember 9, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 30:  Chad Henne #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at EverBank Field on August 30, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Chad Henne made the best of his limited action against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

Henne came in after Blaine Gabbert went down early in the fourth quarter and threw for 121 yards on 10-of-16 passing for one touchdown. He also threw an interception that shouldn't have even been credited to his stat sheet. The ball was batted at the line and bobbled in the air like a volleyball before finally being snagged by Colts defensive back Darius Butler.

Chad Henne is not as bad as people make him out to be.

He isn't a top-tier quarterback in this league by any means, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-8 and don't have a prayer to make the playoffs. They want Gabbert to be the quarterback of the future, except things aren't going as well as the Jags had hoped. 

So why not give Henne a chance? After all, he has a decent amount of NFL experience under his belt. He threw for over 3,000 yards in 15 games for the Miami Dolphins in 2010 and has a little over two years of experience starting in the league.

His career completion percentage is just under 60 percent, which isn't that bad. 

When Henne had pretty good chemistry with his receivers off the bench. Him and Cecil Shorts hooked up for a nice touchdown on a corner route that was perfectly thrown and perfectly timed. 

It isn't like the Jaguars season can get much worse.

After watching Henne tonight, I personally think he gives Jacksonville a better chance to win than Gabbert does. They would be wise to give the former University of Michigan quarterback a chance to prove what he can do. 

I could be wrong. I have been plenty of times. I am human. I just think head coach Mike Mularkey needs to see what works and what doesn't. Giving Henne the nod would be a great start.