Bart Scott: Jaguars would be 6-5 with Henne at QB, Bortles 'is horrible'
Could the 2-9 Jaguars be any worse with Chad Henne?
It wasn't that long ago that we were making the case that the Texans should have taken Blake Bortles with the first-overall pick back in 2014 instead of using it on Jadeveon Clowney. The thinking was pretty simple: In this day and age, defense doesn't win championships, franchise quarterbacks do. And after Bortles threw for 35 touchdowns and 4,428 yards in 2015, he seemed primed to make the leap to Legit NFL Quarterback. Instead, he's gone in the opposite direction, and in record time.
His completion percentage is slightly higher than a season ago (59.6 vs. 58.6), but his touchdown-to-interception ratio is down (from 1.9 to 1.5), as his passer rating (from 88.2 to 80.6). And according to Football Outsiders' metrics, Bortles remains well below replacement level; he's currently 26th in value per play among all quarterbacks, which is worse than Cody Kessler and Trevor Siemian -- and one spot worse than a year ago.
Bortles' regression coupled with some truly terrible football -- the Jags are 2-9 -- is enough for people to wonder when the organization will pull the plug on their latest franchise quarterback. Which brings us to CBS Sports NFL analyst and former Ravens and Jets linebacker Bart Scott who, as always, got right to the point.
"He's a coach killer," Scott told CBS Sports Radio's Damon Amendola on Monday. "Blake Bortles will get you fired, man. This team would probably be ... at least 6-5 with Chad Henne -- he's good in spurts."
That's what we've been reduced to: Calling for the journeyman backup because at least he isn't as bad as the incumbent. Scott's portrait of doom and gloom continued.
"Hell, if they traded for Matt Moore from the Dolphins they'd be 6-5," he said, presumably with a straight face. "Blake Bortles is horrible, man. He's a turnover machine and he gets all these fluff yards [late in the game when the Jaguars are down big]."
In related news, the Jaguars are 14-45 under Bradley, who isn't long for the job.
#Jaguars have lost six straight for the fifth time in franchise history -- 1995, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) November 27, 2016
There are 154 coaches in NFL history who have coached at least 59 games. Gus Bradly ranks 154th with a .237 winning percentage.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) November 27, 2016
But there is good news: It looks like the Jags are getting used to all the losing!
This was the least dejected #Jaguars locker room I've been in -- and I've covered all 45 losses under Gus Bradley.— Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) November 27, 2016
If you're looking for a silver lining to all this: Hey, at least the Jaguars didn't pay Bortles $72 million to be among the league's worst passers. It's not much, but it's something.
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