Jaguars Will Bench Gardner Minshew, Start Nick Foles
The Jaguars will bench Gardner Minshew, start Nick Foles.
Over the past few weeks Minshew has obviously become something of a cult figure in the NFL.
He has single-handedly turned the always-boring Jaguars into an interesting team, and nobody will ever be able to take that away from him.
Unfortunately, being entertaining is not a characteristic that determines starting quarterbacks in the NFL, and as such, Minshew will be headed to the bench and Foles will retake his place at the helm of Jacksonville’s offense.
The reality is that, despite Doug Marrone’s insistence that he needs to ponder who will be the team’s starting passer, the decision has already been made.
#Jaguars HC Doug Marrone says he’ll step away before making a decision on quarterback. Says he’ll tell both quarterbacks — likely around next Sunday before team returns from bye.
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) November 3, 2019
Foles is a Super Bowl MVP who signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars this summer. He did not lose his starting gig due to poor play – but rather to a broken collar bone he suffered while throwing a touchdown pass.
And while Minshew did reasonably well at the beginning of his run as the leader of the offense, he has completely floundered over the past month.
Moreover, the four wins that Minshew recorded came against some of the league’s worst teams. The record of those four squads is a combined 8-26 coming out of this past weekend.
Against the New Orleans Saints Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans, Minshew continuously showed poor decision-making in the red zone and ultimately has 11 fumbles on the year.
Jacksonville has a really easy schedule coming up down the stretch, with outings against the Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons.
This team cannot afford to play around at quarterback – they need to make a run.
Marrone will pretend to give the starting quarterback position additional thought over the next few days, but make no mistake about it: everyone knows who will get the nod come game time.