Henne, the 32-year-old former Miami Dolphins backup quarterback, has a legitimate chance to unseat the younger and taller Bortles, who should be heading into his prime, instead of worrying about a 2008 second round pick taking his starting spot. That is a good thing for the Jaguars' skill players based on what we have seen so far this preseason.
Just the fact Marrone must deal with this crisis along with other major question marks surrounding the Jaguars - most notably issues on the left side of the offensive line, the lack of an effective pass-catching tight end, off-field trouble involving defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and a kicker (Jason Myers) in danger of losing his job - is disappointing onto itself.
Marrone isn't expecting miracles out of Bortles or Henne.
"I played against him a lot when I was in Seattle", McCloughan said (via the Washington Post). I'm just trying to figure out who is going to be that guy in that position that can lead our team.
The Jaguars' Week 1 starting quarterback is now with a team ... and probably on the Jaguars. His mechanics disintegrated to the point that an offseason quarterbacks coach was brought in during the regular season to try and better Bortles' poor footwork and throwing motion.
This would make general manager Dave Caldwell happy, as he still believes in Bortles, the third overall pick in 2014.
Bortles had been the franchise's unquestioned starter for almost three years. "It's going to be important for whoever is in there (at quarterback) they understand that, lead and do the best they can with their reps". Even though the move had been planned beforehand, it gave the appearance that Marrone and football czar Tom Coughlin had wavered in their commitment to Bortles. The Jaguars picked up Bortles' fifth-year option in May, but it's only guaranteed for injury, which means the only way Jacksonville would have to pay up before moving on is if he failed to pass a physical next year. Marrone said Bortles' "arm looked exhausted". They believe in him, they feel like they can take off and get better, and we can have the results that we want. "I think when you see it, you'll know it". Last year, it fell to 23-to-16 as the Jaguars went from 5-11 to 3-13 despite the improvement on defense.
Bortles did not have any pick-sixes last night, or any shockingly bad decisions, as were his norm in 2016.
Giving the job to Henne would all but guarantee Bortles plays elsewhere in 2018, given his scheduled $19 million salary in the final year of his contract. "I know as a former player I felt that way going into it". Marrone is sending a message if he benches Blake and it makes no sense for him to sit Bortles now and then start him week 1 of the regular season.