Measuring Henne vs. Gabbert downfield

November, 26, 2012
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We’ve given a good share of blame for the Jaguars' non-threatening offense on the play calling and the scheme. But Chad Henne's success tells us Blaine Gabbert certainly deserves his share of the blame, too.

Per ESPN Stats & Information, Henne tied a career-high with seven completions of at least 15 yards downfield in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Since Gabbert injured his throwing arm early in last week's game, Henne has completed 12 of 17 passes of that distance for 418 yards and two touchdowns. Gabbert did not have 12 completions or throw for 400 yards on such throws until his sixth game of the season.

Here’s a comparison of passes 15 yards or more downfield. These are balls that travel that far in the air.
  • Gabbert: 40.4 percent, 11.2 yards per attempt, 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
  • Henne: 57.1 percent, 19.9 yards per attempt, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

Increases of 16.7 percent and 8.7 yards per attempt are dramatic. When passes are well placed, yards after the catch increase as well.

The question now is whether the improvement is sustainable.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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