In the recent story about how Mularkey did not want to discuss Tebow, and who could blame him, I somehow came around to the statement that I felt better about Henne at QB than I did Gabbert. I want to make it clear I feel better about either guy than I do Tebow! As can be expected, Alfie asked me why I felt better about Henne. joe.attaboy felt the same way, and you know what, I could not answer! I needed to identify why I felt this way, and here is what I found.
We can all remember that from various stats that have been posted and discussed here at BCC that both men have racked up similar statistics. Their passer ratings, number of TD passes, number of sacks, yard per passing attempt all are close. I looked even deeper at game stats, taking the position that everything up to the Houston game was Gabert, and from the Houston game on, it was Henne. Neither man is heads and shoulders above the other guy almost any stat, and both guys are very far from what any of us would call adequate.
There was one stat that stood out to me...points! Under Henne, the Jags have scored 2 more points in 6 games than they did in 9 games with Gabbert (124 vs 122). Even more amazing is that in those same games, the Jags held the opposing team to over 100 points less (145 vs 251). Now, the first thought that comes into my mind is if my higher opinion of Henne is based on better defensive play, or if Henne’s ability to put points on the board and keep the team in the game forces the opposing team to play in a way that allows our defense to be more effective. I am not sure, but to answer the question as to why I feel better about Henne, whether he deserves the credit or not, it is because the Jags have been a more competitive team while he has been the QB then when Blaine was.
Let the attack begin!