Jaguars Make Surprising Quarterback Decision
The Jaguars made a surprising quarterback decision this week.
Last year, Jacksonville gave former Philadelphia Eagles star Nick Foles a four-year, $88 million deal.
Foles subsequently got hurt in the very first game of the year and broke his left clavicle.
The rookie that the Jaguars selected in the sixth round, Gardner Minshew, was forced to step in and replace Foles. He did a reasonably admirable job, but was still forced to vacate the starting role when Foles got healthy.
When it was all said and done, Minshew finished the 2019-20 season with 21 touchdowns, six interceptions and 3,271 passing yards.
Given how decently Minshew played many have called for him to be the fulltime starter going forward. Others point to how much Jacksonville has invested in Foles financially and insist that he has to be the starter.
This week, team owner Shahid Khan described the quarterback situation as “an embarrassment of riches” and says he does not think he has a problem on his hands in that regard.
“Frankly, this past year proved you better have two competent quarterbacks, OK?” he said.
“There were a number of teams if they didn’t have a competent [backup] quarterback [in 2019], they wouldn’t have made it.
“If you look at it, from where we’ve come from … an argument could be made we didn’t have any competent quarterbacks, so this is in a way an embarrassment of riches for us in a good way that we do have two very good quarterbacks,” he continued.
“I think as we move forward in this season – training camp or whatever – the coaches will have their work cut out to determine who gives us the best chance of winning as we move forward.”
The Jaguars finished last season with a 6-10 record, so using the term “embarrassment of riches” to describe the quarterback situation is probably a bit of a stretch.
That said, Khan’s larger point is true. The NFL is a league where injuries can happen at a moment’s notice. It is always better to have two competent quarterbacks instead of one – that much everyone can agree on.