The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a tight race with the New York Jets for worst team in the NFL. On a weekly basis, the two franchises switch off for who will lose in more embarrassing fashion.
One person tired of all the humiliation is second-year Jags quarterback Gardner Minshew. This week he begged head coach Doug Marrone to put him back on the field after he was medically cleared from a thumb injury late last month.
“It’s so frustrating,” Minshew said.
“I pretty much went and begged before the Cleveland game to be able to play. It sucks, you know, There’s no way around it.
“I want to be out there. I want to be helping our team, but if helping our team is me being the best No. 2 I can be then that’s what I’ve got to do right now.”
Marrone, for his part, has been resistant.
“We talked today and just like I’ve told him, I just want to see more practice,” he said.
“I think he’s working on his volume and the amount of throws and all of that. Obviously he’s cleared medically, but still you want to be able to see those things on the practice field. I just think right now in practice Mike is throwing better and gives us the best chance to win.
“I don’t think Gardner’s 100% as far as his workload, and that’s always a concern to me, and I’m trying to understand it. We’re both trying to work through it.”
At this point, losing games is the priority. As such, it doesn’t make sense to put Minshew in.
When the objective changes, so will Minshew’s status.