The decision came down to production. Chad Henne was productive much of the game Sunday, and so was the Jaguars’ offense, which Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey said are the primary reasons Henne will start at quarterback against Tennessee Sunday. Mularkey named Henne the starter in a press conference Monday. "He’s been a starter in the league, and he has played like that," Mularkey said a day after the Jaguars (1-9) lost 43-37 in overtime to the Houston Texans (9-1) at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The deciding factor that led to the Jaguars defense allowing a franchise-record 640 yards in Sunday’s 43-37 overtime loss to the Houston Texans was the plethora of opportunities. The defense was on the field for 92 plays, a team record. "It was pretty brutal," defensive tackle C.J. Mosley said Monday morning at EverBank Field. Safety Chris Prosinski, one of six Jaguars to play at least 90 snaps, figured it was a rarity and veterans Dwight Lowery and Rashean Mathis confirmed as much.
How our five statistical predictions for Sunday’s Jaguars-Texans game in Houston turned out: 1. Arian Foster rushing yards Prediction: 128. Actual number: 77. Foster found things this time against the Jaguars much more difficult. He needed 28 carries to get his yards, a short 2.8-yard average, his second shortest of the year. His longest run was 13 yards. 2. Jaguars time of possession Prediction: 27 minutes, 42 seconds.
Naming Chad Henne the starting quarterback over Blaine Gabbert based on performance is a huge mistake. Sure Henne played superb against the Houston Texans Sunday and had the Jacksonville Jaguars in position to win, but that was due to an injury -- not because he outperformed Gabber. Henne came in and gave the offense a spark, no doubt about it. Would Gabbert have thrown for 350 yards and four touchdowns against the Texans? Not likely – but that doesn’t mean Henne should be named the starter. I have a couple reasons why Head Coach Mike Mularkey made a bad decision.