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Jaguars sign Chad Henne to push Blaine Gabbert

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Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times Union reports that the Jaguars have signed quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year contract.

The Jaguars claim publicly that 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert is their signal caller of the future, but based on Gabbert’s rookie-year performance, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if Henne outplayed him in preseason games.

Henne is hardly without drawbacks, of course. He struggles to complete passes downfield and is limited athletically. Both quarterbacks possess plenty of arm strength, but Gabbert’s pocket presence and awareness were brutal last season and Henne is a tentative passer.

The Jags are hoping that the light will flip on for at least one of them this year.

Henne was the No. 52 overall player on the PFT Hot 100.

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59 Responses to “Jaguars sign Chad Henne to push Blaine Gabbert”
  1. trbowman says: Mar 14, 2012 8:19 PM

    Starter by week four

  2. sikkcaden says: Mar 14, 2012 8:20 PM

    Henne is physically gifted, just lacks confidence. A good sports psychologist and he could be a top 16 QB.

  3. isphet71 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:21 PM

    The stoppable force meets the movable object.

  4. pooinonfoheads says: Mar 14, 2012 8:21 PM

    Unfortunately that ^ may be true

  5. trbowman says: Mar 14, 2012 8:21 PM

    Future PFT Headline –

    “Report – Defensive coordinators paid their defenses to keep Blaine Gabbert in the game.”

  6. spytdi says: Mar 14, 2012 8:23 PM

    Tebow will be in the mix at QB as well.

  7. underrated49ers says: Mar 14, 2012 8:24 PM

    Only until they trade for Tebow

  8. theseekeroffun says: Mar 14, 2012 8:24 PM

    Robinson should really be happy now!

  9. dunne1desade says: Mar 14, 2012 8:25 PM

    Is this posturing for a possible Tebow/Henne+pick trade to back up Manning if Denver lands him?

  10. mc9399 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:25 PM

    chads good, he was having a good year last season

  11. rando74 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:26 PM

    Well what happens when Peyton signs in Denver and the Jags trade Gabbert for Tebow?

  12. freedomispopular says: Mar 14, 2012 8:27 PM

    Henne was playing pretty decently before he got hurt last season.

  13. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 14, 2012 8:27 PM

    Blaine can do it.

    It’s incredible how rookie QBs are now expected to be Peyton in his prime.

  14. seahawksfan25 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:28 PM

    I dont see either of these guys playing any better at all. They should have kept David G’s

  15. tialen says: Mar 14, 2012 8:28 PM

    Hmm, wasn’t Gabbert the can’t loose QB pick of last years draft?

    Wonder what will happen with all of this years “can’t miss” QB’s.

  16. gmsalpha says: Mar 14, 2012 8:29 PM

    If Peyton goes to Denver, now we know who the backup and third-string QBs are.

  17. jordanaires says: Mar 14, 2012 8:30 PM

    They couldn’t do any better than Henne? He didn’t exactly set the world on fire in Miami.

  18. tramonisland says: Mar 14, 2012 8:30 PM

    Headline should read

    “Jaguars sign Chad Henne to be pushed by Blaine Gabbert”.

  19. 9erfan818 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:30 PM

    Niners dodged a bullet by not drafting Gabbert at #7. Like all the ‘EXPERTS’ said too. Aldon Smith looks like a steal now.

  20. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 14, 2012 8:31 PM

    Henne’s pluses: great arm, can throw any pass. Has started and won nfl games.

    Minuses: bad pocket presence and slow feet.

    Depending on the contract it could be a good move for Jacksonville.

  21. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 14, 2012 8:31 PM

    Henne is perfect backup. The guy who is getting “pushed” is Jake Locker in Tennessee. Down to third string on the depth chart. Darling of the pea brain pundits.

  22. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 14, 2012 8:32 PM

    Garrard isn’t in the nfl anymore.

    Means something to anyone?

  23. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2012 8:33 PM

    Now the Robinson signing makes more sense. I like Henne and I don’t like Gabbert.

  24. mtheparrothead says: Mar 14, 2012 8:34 PM

    And yet jack wagons still bring up tebow. Now one wants him, let alone would trade for him.

  25. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 14, 2012 8:34 PM

    Any word on when they plan to sign a qb?

  26. mtheparrothead says: Mar 14, 2012 8:38 PM

    @seakwaksfan,

    You know it’s tough to throw a football when out for the season with back issues right? What’s Jackson’s excuse?

  27. xtb3 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:38 PM

    Means they think Manning is not going to sign with Denver and then of course Tebow won’t be traded to the Jags.

  28. plum13sec says: Mar 14, 2012 8:39 PM

    Jaguars qbs are out of this world! superbowl!

  29. jaggedmark says: Mar 14, 2012 8:40 PM

    After watching Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars saw some Chad Henne film and thought they were looking at Joe Montana.

    They’ll be no pushing. That will be Henne’s job.

  30. kahnsbushymustache says: Mar 14, 2012 8:41 PM

    ^^^
    Then you sign Garrard in Seattle… Local talk show host called him “Larry Lock-on” because Garrard wouldn’t look off of the primary target to other open receivers…

  31. laxcoach37 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:44 PM

    As a Dolphins Fan, I hope he does well in Jax. He got a bum deal in Miami. The playcalling by a 70+ year old OC was so conservative, he had no choice but to make checkdowns if the primary was not open. When new OC, Dabol shows up Henne lights up the Scoreboard until he got hurt. The fans and media rode Henne like no other. He will be a Starter and put up decent numbers, but needs to know when to take a Sack or dump it. He lacks mobility and when he tried to make something happen, it resulted in very critical INTs.

    Good Luck Chad!

  32. mcjon22 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:48 PM

    As a Dolphin fan, reading that headline was the hardest I’ve laughed in days.

  33. whoknowsnothing says: Mar 14, 2012 8:49 PM

    All Henne has to do to be a starter is to learn how to “tap it in.”

    Once he can lead his receivers with the ball instead of the receivers showing him where to throw it, Henne is going to be good.

  34. beeronthefridge says: Mar 14, 2012 8:51 PM

    Bad news for denver.

    Henne @ jax means tebow stays at denver which means no pm to denver.

    Look a the bright side. You’ll save a lot of $$$$$.

  35. oklahomaseahawk says: Mar 14, 2012 8:52 PM

    mtheparrothead says:

    @seakwaksfan,

    You know it’s tough to throw a football when out for the season with back issues right? What’s Jackson’s excuse?
    _____________________________________________________________

    He played with a damn near tore pectoral what’s Gannett’s excuse..? I remember seeing someone post a picture of him throwing the ball with his eyes closed lol!!! Tell him his accuracy may improve if he stops bein afraid of getting hit.

  36. 4512dawg4512 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:55 PM

    What, is Gabbert in a wheel chair or something? How could Henne push anybody? He needs to push himself first

  37. rethinklogic says: Mar 14, 2012 8:55 PM

    Should be a battle for the ages. Whoever loses really sucks

  38. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2012 9:03 PM

    babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 14, 2012 8:31 PM

    Henne is perfect backup. The guy who is getting “pushed” is Jake Locker in Tennessee. Down to third string on the depth chart. Darling of the pea brain pundits.
    ———————————————————-
    Who are you the darling of then? Gabbert has out-of-the-league-soon bust written all over him! You have to be kidding me?

    Henne gives the Jags a respectable starter…

  39. scottdragosnai says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 PM

    Gabbert won’t see the field with Henne there.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  40. cobibones13 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:11 PM

    Gabbert will be given the starting job, I just hope they pull him after a few bad games and really give Henne an unbiased chance if he can start proving himself in games.

  41. nitzenbaum - not yer momma's 'skins fan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:17 PM

    9erfan818 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:30 PM

    Niners dodged a bullet by not drafting Gabbert at #7. Like all the ‘EXPERTS’ said too. Aldon Smith looks like a steal now.

    I’d say the Redskins also dodged a bullet by not drafting Gabbert at 10 last year, but they are smart enough to know he sucks…unlike San Fran. It would be a monumental turnaround if he is starting in the NFL by the end of the year.

  42. KM91 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:18 PM

    Sure, Henne is going to beat out Gabbert in camp. HA!!!

  43. ghosts go boo says: Mar 14, 2012 9:18 PM

    Who they going to sign to push Henne?

  44. egetto says: Mar 14, 2012 9:24 PM

    Its funny that Gabbert has been buried by this site and the national media as a failure. He struggled, but definitely showed glimpses of being a top QB, and why he was regarded by all the experts 1/2 QB in the draft with Newton. Garrard got hurt, he got thrown in there, and had a tough year with no receiving talent and 31 Jags on IR. Early candidate for comeback player of the year.

  45. northshorejag says: Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    I love all these jax haters

    commenting on our team while there team does nothing. Can they really all be Giants fans?

    Our team got better today.

    In Gene we Trust

  46. 69finfan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    If Chad Henne was pretty good before he got hurt last year and was having a good season I would hate to see mediocre or bad. He had a 79 passer rating, 57% comp., less than 8 yrds/comp. and had 4 TD’s, 4 int in less than 4 full games. Somebody stated that he can throw any pass which is probably accurate. What wasn’t mentioned is that he can’t complete many of them. Good Luck with the Henne experiment.

  47. waltdawg says: Mar 14, 2012 9:44 PM

    Just like using a dead battery to jump start a Yugo….Still not gonna work

  48. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 14, 2012 9:45 PM

    mtheparrothead says:
    Mar 14, 2012 8:34 PM
    And yet jack wagons still bring up tebow. Now one wants him, let alone would trade for him.

    you think blaine gabbert has more trade value than tebow? and no, i’m not a tebow fan, i just think he’s worthy to play in the nfl.

    blaine gabbert closes his eyes when he sees defenders coming.

  49. azheat says: Mar 14, 2012 9:45 PM

    Good luck Chad..

    Alot of people forget that in week 1 Chad threw for over 400 yards in week 1…Too bad Brady threw for 500.

    He’s a decent QB, that should crack the line-up. I’m not sure what is going on in Miami but Jacksonville made a good move.

    Personally I would have gone after Jason Campbell (before he signed with Chi of coarse).

  50. mrslay1 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:52 PM

    Everyone here is giving thumbs down to the Tebow trade to Jacksonville. I am his biggest fan but like it or not, if Peyton goes to Denver Tebows gone to Jacksonville. I hope Manning goes somewhere else but if not… Well, Go Jacksonville!!

  51. jhorton83 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:13 PM

    69finfan says:Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    If Chad Henne was pretty good before he got hurt last year and was having a good season I would hate to see mediocre or bad. He had a 79 passer rating, 57% comp., less than 8 yrds/comp. and had 4 TD’s, 4 int in less than 4 full games. Somebody stated that he can throw any pass which is probably accurate. What wasn’t mentioned is that he can’t complete many of them. Good Luck with the Henne experiment.
    ———————————————————

    Exactly. I don’t know what planet the people were on who claimed that Henne was having a “pretty good” season last year, but it sure as hell wasn’t Earth. And they sure didn’t watch any Dolphins games. Henne has ALWAYS been a mediocre inconsistent inaccurate quarterback going back to his college days. The idea that a new offensive coordinator is suddenly going to change that is pure fantasy.

  52. culturalelitist says: Mar 15, 2012 12:20 AM

    “Brutal?” Do you also write for Rotoworld?

  53. thenmoveback says: Mar 15, 2012 1:16 AM

    Hahahahahahahaha- signed dolphins fan

    But for real he has potential but no confidences in the red zone. Henne =field goal city.

  54. hdahs143 says: Mar 15, 2012 1:36 AM

    69finfan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    If Chad Henne was pretty good before he got hurt last year and was having a good season I would hate to see mediocre or bad. He had a 79 passer rating, 57% comp., less than 8 yrds/comp. and had 4 TD’s, 4 int in less than 4 full games. Somebody stated that he can throw any pass which is probably accurate. What wasn’t mentioned is that he can’t complete many of them. Good Luck with the Henne experiment.
    ——————————————–
    You must be a Brandon Marshall fan. You conveniently left out the 5 TD passes Marshall dropped in the first 4 games, or the fact that the right side of the line was a revolving door, or that the run game was nonexistent in the beginning of the year. While you are cherry picking stats, why don’t you try explaining how Henne was the overall 9th ranked QB in the league, at the time of his injury. Good luck. Henne was a whipping boy for some ignorant Miami fans, but he is far better than he gets credit for.

  55. bobfultz says: Mar 15, 2012 2:43 AM

    Yeah Henne “lights up the scoreboard” all the to a 0-4 record before getting injured. Good riddance. Miami will improve at that position even if they simply start Matt Moore again. I hope to see them sign Matt Flynn.

  56. swagjag says: Mar 15, 2012 7:01 AM

    Tebow is from Jax. That is where the conversation should end. If you honestly think this team has any interest in him, you are an easily led sheep. Yes the owner made a comment in relation to a direct question about him. He also said he is leaving the personnel decisions up to the GM. The head coach just came out and said, we have not even thought about him. You can tell he story over and over again,but it won’t make it any more true. Denver may very well get Peyton. It will have no bearing on the Jags QB depth chart.

  57. shackdelrio says: Mar 15, 2012 9:31 AM

    Gabbert gets alot of grief for his performance last season. He wasn’t great but his rating was still better than all 2009 first round QB’s (Stafford, Sanchez, Freeman) their rookie year.

  58. captcrunch5019 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:36 AM

    Henne WILL beta Gabbert out this season unless he hurts himself again. He is not the glamour boy Ross was looking for in a QB. He will surprise with arm strength and football acumen.

  59. dolphinpains84 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:00 PM

    I hope he tears it up in J-Ville I’ll be rooting for him until he plays the Phins. I’m already considering him the starter there. He didn’t stand a chance with the mess in Miami but still had a decent start 2 picks that shouldn’t count btw 1. Vs NE last second no reason to throw into a crowd the game was over 2. Vs Texans backed up around the 7 Mark Bumbo got owned like always n it was tipped and picked off. Marshall dropped a TD and to make him look worse Johnson caught the same pass but thrown way in front where he had to dive n brought it in. Henne dropped a TD in Marshall’s hands perfectly like nothing but net. Henne may not be elite and hardly anyone likes him but I also see how it says he’s “limited athletically” which is complete bull he kept plays alive so many times a game and picked up first downs on his own because the line couldn’t prevent a sack n he gets dissed for athleticism as well. We always started at the 10 or worse multiple times a game n every time Gates took it out if it was a decent return it got called back always holding on Trusnik and otherwise it was times Gates needed to just stay put.Bush wasn’t in his groove yet Thomas had a monster game the fumble was a killer but the next week he showed what hes capable of again he was a few yards short of 100 in his first 2 games. Good luck to Henne he showed a lot of heart in those few games. Matt Moore did a hell of a job those first couple weeks as well until finally they figured something out got the running game going but even Moore had a TD robbed by his own teammate (Marshall) in his first start when Marshall was going to be a “monster” but ran out of bounds rather than take a free TD so forget that coward Marshall we will be fine without him and we have a full offseason if we have to ride with Moore so be it I’ll go down with the ship n die before I jump on another teams ship

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