Blake Bortles

Jacksonville Comfortable Never Winning; NFL Odds Still Sky-High

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It looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars are not tired of losing just yet. Just when it seemed they’ve hit the jackpot with rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, who’s had a strong preseason so far, reports coming out of the Jaguars camp suggest that top brass will still choose Chad Henne as their starting QB this season.

Henne led the Jaguars to a woeful 4-12 finish last season which was still good for a third-place showing in the AFC South thanks to the Houston Texans’ implosion last year. Bookmakers believe that Jacksonville will carry that trend this coming season as the Jaguars’ NFL lines for Week 1 suggest they are the least likely to win their season opener of any team in the league as 11.5 point dogs.

According to ESPN’s 2013 Total Quarterback Rating, which values last year’s quarterbacks on all play types on a 0-to-100 scale, Henne was fourth-worst among 39 starting quarterbacks with a paltry 31.9 rating. He was responsible for a Jaguars offense that was second-worst in the league in terms of rushing yards with 78.0 per game and just 22nd in passing with a 215.1 yard per game clip.

Meanwhile Bortles, the third overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, looked to be in command of the Jaguars offense in his preseason debut against the Buccaneers, as he completed 7-of-11 passes for 117 yards in a 16-10 win.

Nonetheless, head coach Gus Bradley is adamant that Henne will still be the starter this season. Even if they have at their disposal a quarterback who looks confident every time he’s on the field, he’ll stick with the guy who threw for just 3,241 yards last season. Instead of choosing a guy who can lift the spirits of a deflated fan base, he’ll persist with the QB who led them to their third-straight losing season last year.

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