By Eric Schmidt

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a very bad team for several seasons. Their offense has struggled over the last two seasons while the defense has been equally as bad. QB Blaine Gabbert was placed on the injured reserve list last week and Chad Henne was told that he is auditioning for a role with the team for the 2013 season. So far, Henne has responded well.

Henne entered the Jaguars game last week against the Houston Texans after Gabbert was injured and responded extremely well. Henne threw for 354 yards on a stingy Texans defense. On Sunday, he completed 17 of 26 attempts for 261 yards and two scores. The Jaguars have scored 61 offensive points in their last two contests with Henne in the game while the offense functions without RB Maurice Jones-Drew and WR Laurent Robinson.

Another example of how the Jaguars offense is starting to gel. Cecil Shorts recorded a 105 yards receiving. Jacksonville has now had a receiver go over the 100-yard mark in three straight games, a feat which hasn’t been done since the 2004 season.

For an example of recent Jaguars futility, the team entered Sundays contest being outscored 153-44 while going winless at home. The Jaguars had given up 24 or more points in seven straight games while recording just six wins in the team’s last 29 games.

Henne might not be the long-term answer for the Jaguars, but he ahs certainly jump started the lackluster Jacksonville offense with virtually the same supporting cast that Blaine Gabbert had. If it’s an audition, Henne seems to be passing the test after two games.

 

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