It’s almost December, and the Jaguars have their first home win of the season.
They also have a huge question to answer at quarterback.
Replacement Chad Henne overcame a pick on his first pass attempt to lead the Jags to a 24-19 win over the Titans. The Jags had been 0-5 at home this season, losing by an average of nearly 22 points per game.
It would be an overstatement to say Henne was sharp, but he was able to do things injured 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert had not — namely, throw downfield. He took seven sacks, but threw for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
They were talking about him having a chance to be next year’s starter if he performed well, but let’s be honest, the Titans didn’t get to be 30th in the league in defense by accident. Henne would have to have this game five more times to be fairly considered an answer, and he’s not going to get to play the Titans every week. Gabbert, on the other hand, has shown nothing to indicate he deserves more chances to make the job his own when he’s well again.
The Jaguars (2-9) played like a team that hadn’t quit on coach Mike Mularkey. They didn’t play particularly well, but after what they had forced their home market to watch this season, it was a pleasant surprise.