Coach Mike Mularkey stated Wednesday that Chad Henne will be the Jaguars' starter entering 2013 if he plays well in his six-game audition to close out the season.
It's the final death knell for the Dynasty value of Blaine Gabbert (shoulder surgery), GM Gene Smith's hand-chosen franchise QB as the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Mularkey had already decided to roll with Henne the rest of the way based on "performance," not Gabbert's injury. If Smith objected to the changing of the guard, he either lost the power struggle or tacitly acknowledged that Gabbert is no longer the future. With five inviting matchups in the next six games, it should surprise no one if Henne flirts with QB1 value while solidifying the fantasy values of Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, and Marcedes Lewis.