Gus Bradley: Jags have rallied around starting QB Chad Henne
While some teams might be more likely than others to start a rookie quarterback, the Jaguars continue to insist that Blake Bortles will spend the season on the bench behind Chad Henne.
While some teams might be more likely than others to start a rookie quarterback -- Hi, Johnny Manziel -- the Jaguars continue to insist that, ideally, No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles will spend the season on the bench behind veteran Chad Henne.
"We'd like to give Chad this whole year and go with Chad this year," general manager David Caldwell said last month. "Blake's got some development to do. We're going to be getting him ready, so come 2015 he's ready to compete for that spot. ...
"To be honest with you, probably 2015," Caldwell said of when we might see Bortles. "We'd like to give Chad this whole year and go with Chad this year. Blake's got some development to do. We're going to be getting him ready, so come 2015 he's ready to compete for that spot."
Nothing has changed in the weeks since. Coach Gus Bradley reiterated as much this week, even saying that the team fully supports Henne, who started 13 games last season and threw for 3,241 yards, completing 61 percent of his passes, with 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
"I think it's been out there that our beliefs and our feelings is that we feel so strongly about Chad and he's going in, I think the team has really rallied around that," Bradley said. "Now, it has provided an atmosphere for Blake to really go out there and ask a lot of questions and gain a lot of information from all the quarterbacks that are in.
So how is Bortles doing with the transition from college to the NFL?
"He's doing a really good job, he's having more good days than days that maybe he's struggling, like all rookies have," Bradley continued. "We're very excited about his development."
Development that will include a season watching, a strategy not everyone agrees with.
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco thinks Bortles should play sooner rather than later. "There is an argument to be made against playing the rookie, which is that his mental state could be impacted if he plays early and plays poorly," Prisco wrote earlier this month. "If that's the case, you drafted the wrong guy."
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