Though they were playing arguably the best team in the NFC, the Jaguars didn't even put up a fight. After holding a 31-0 lead midway through the third quarter, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took out quarterback Russell Wilson in what seemed to be a move to soften the humiliation for his friend Gus Bradley. The Seahawks went on to score an additional 14 points with their backups before the conclusion of the game.
The Jaguars are a bad team, no doubt. However, one could make a case that the biggest reason for their disastrous start to the season is due to quarterback play. Blaine Gabbert had a horrible game against Kansas City, before slicing his throwing hand - which has kept him out the last two contests - while Henne found a way to play even worse over the last couple games.
The box score will tell you that Henne has actually put up a decent amount of yardage over the last couple of games. However, most of that yardage came in garbage time when the opposing defenses were either playing prevent, or had their backups in. His play over the first three quarters against Oakland and Seattle were painfully inefficient.
So what should the 0-3 Jaguars do? I am of the opinion that the team should give Ricky Stanzi a chance.
Stanzi is a guy who never really got a shot in Kansas City, due to a plethora of reasons - one of which could have been he simply was not showing enough in practice. He clearly did not stand out during his time in the midwest or else the organization would have held on to him as insurance in the event Alex Smith were to go down. This is a guy who has yet to throw a single pass in a regular season NFL game.
With the Jaguars' clear lack of productivity at the quarterback position, why not give Stanzi a shot? We know what Henne will give the team, which is three quarters of nothing, and a quarter of pitch and catch when the game has already been decided.
Judging by his play in college and the preseason, Stanzi is a guy that does well with short and intermediate passes, though he tends to struggle with passes beyond 15 yards - think of him as a poor-man's Chad Pennington. Though Jacksonville's interior offensive line will likely give him no more than three seconds to find an open receiver before they give up on their blocking assignments, Stanzi's ability to get the ball out of his hands quickly could work to his advantage in Jedd Fisch's offense, which is predicated on getting the ball out of the quarterback's hand as quickly as possible. Plus, he's still only 25 years old.
He can't be any worse than Gabbert and Henne, so why not give him a try. David Caldwell decided to keep Stanzi on the roster, despite the fact that the quarterback knew nothing about Jacksonville's playbook; there had to have been a reason for this. While Stanzi would likely do nothing to prevent Jacksonville from drafting a quarterback with their inevitable top three draft pick next May, they should still see what the young man has to offer.
Throw in the towel, Jacksonville. Give him a try.
Matt Gonzales is a Jacksonville native who has been following the Jaguars for the last decade. He graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Journalism and is a contributing freelance writer for both Yahoo Sports and Cover32.com.
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