The quarterback competition didn't conclude in Jacksonville at the end of the preseason.
Blaine Gabbert got the start in Week 1, but he earned no believers in the Jaguars' embarrassing 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He suffered another injury to his throwing hand as well, an issue that will sideline him against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Enter Chad Henne, only a little sooner than expected. The veteran said this week that he hopes to play well enough to keep the starting job.
"That's good -- I would hope he would say that," Bradley said, via the Jaguars' official website. "He's a competitor. That's why we have confidence in him playing. I really want him to go out here and capture this and be at his best. That was our conversation today, 'Don't wait until Sunday to compete.' "
On one level, that's classic coach-speak. But Bradley's response also is a clear indication Henne's destiny is in his own hands.
Gabbert ran out of rope in Jacksonville the moment the prior regime walked out the door. If Henne can move the offense in Oakland, don't expect him to move back to the bench.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.