Jets vs. Jaguars Take 2: Everyone Was Bad, Not Just Chad Henne

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistDecember 10, 2012

More guys should be in the picture of who to blame than just Chad Henne.
More guys should be in the picture of who to blame than just Chad Henne.Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Things aren't getting any better for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and whether you watch the game once or a dozen times, it's hard to find bright spots.

The New York Jets marched into town and hung a 17-10 loss on the Jags, dropping them to 2-11 on the season.

Here's what stood out after another look at the game tape.

The Real Story

Chad Henne took too much of the blame for the loss upon first watching.

While the excuse-making about blocking and wideout play got out of hand for Gabbert, there was more than an element of truth to those claims about Henne's play.

Jacksonville looked out of sorts all day. There are just too many plays where the receivers and quarterback simply aren't on the same page.

Given the injuries and internal turnover the team has had, that shouldn't be surprising.

In many ways, this iteration of the Jaguars offense is still coming together.

The only problem is that it's not the preseason, it's Week 14.

The Jaguars lost to the Jets because their roster just isn't strong enough to beat a quality opponent.

That goes deeper than just the quarterback, obviously.


Jason Babin validated his pickup with a nice strip of Mark Sanchez.

Montell Owens was easily the best player on the field for the Jaguars. His 91 yards rushing were a big reason the game was close.

Derek Cox only gave up one reception and forced a fumble. He had a couple of sloppy penalties, but they weren't of consequence.


Kevin Elliot had a miserable day at wideout. He dropped balls, slipped on routes and generally looked lost. It's not fair to beat him up too badly, however, as he was only on the field thanks to injuries.

Eben Britton's star has fallen so low, it's more like a black hole. His "protection" of Henne was wanting all afternoon.

Tyson Alualu will take the bullet for the rest of his defensive front four. He had just three low-impact tackles and was generally invisible all day.

Secret Play

On 3rd-and-5 from the Jets' 45, Henne dropped back to pass.

Though his receivers were covered, he was under no duress. He foolishly dumped off to Jordan Todman for no gain.

This is a terrible play and one of the reasons his performance was considered Gabbert-esque.

In this scenario, a sack does no harm to the Jaguars. Mike Mularkey didn't plan on going for the first down on fourth down, so it's acceptable to hold the ball longer.

Given that Bryan Anger isn't trying to boom a punt, lost yardage doesn't hurt.

Henne can't check down there unless Todman is wide open or he's under a heavy rush.

Coaching Notes

Mularkey had an inconsistent day. On the opening drive, he did a fine job going for it on 4th-and-1. The play was successful, though Henne went on to throw an interception.

In the second quarter, he faced an easier decision still deeper in Jets territory, but kicked a field goal. There was no philosophical consistency there.

On the aforementioned secret play, Mularkey could have considered a fourth-down attempt rather than a punt.

Keep An Eye On...

It will be interesting to see how Henne rebounds from this game.

He wasn't horrible, but the offense as a whole was. Henne himself was merely inadequate.

If he wants to nail down a shot at starting, he's going to have to play better down the stretch.

Mularkey is under a lot of pressure down the stretch. Two wins might be enough to save his job, but three bad losses will almost certainly cost him dearly.


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