Did Blaine Gabbert Lose His Starting Job in Week 11?

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent INovember 20, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks up at the scoreboard at Reliant Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Houston wins 43-37 in overtime. Gabbert left the game with an unknown injury.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Blaine Gabbert era is finally over. 

According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union:

Mularkey: Chad Henne will start Sunday. #Jaguars

— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) November 19, 2012

Gabbert is officially listed as "questionable" on the team's injury report.

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey specified that Henne gets the starting nod over Gabbert based on his performance against the Houston Texans in Week 11, though, not because Gabbert is injured (h/t AP). 

After Henne's performance against the Texans, there's no way Gabbert starts another game for the Jaguars, unless Henne gets injured. 

Before Week 11, the Texans featured the No. 3-ranked pass defense in the NFL, giving up just 196 yards per game and 13 touchdowns all year—six of which came courtesy of Aaron Rodgers in Week 6.

Henne took a Jaguars passing attack that had previously averaged 208.5  yards and just over one touchdown per game and shredded the Texans for 354 yards and four touchdowns, while managing to not turn the ball over a single time. 

Rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who had only caught 26 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown all year long, ended up hauling in seven passes for 236 yards and one touchdown. 

Marcedes Lewis, the team's talented tight end who hadn't caught a single touchdown since Week 4, caught two touchdown passes in the same game. 

Essentially, we saw an offense that had previously been in a Gabbert-induced slumber come roaring to life with a competent quarterback behind center. 

It's a shame that Mularkey and the Jaguars had to wait for him to get injured before they finally figured out he's not worthy of a starting role.

It seems as though Gabbert's time as a "franchise quarterback" for the Jaguars is finally at an end.

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