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Jaguars’ Doug Marrone calls looming quarterback decision between Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew ‘tough’

Nick Foles, Doug Marrone, Gardner Minshew

The Jacksonville Jaguars are making their way to London to face the Houston Texans but that hasn’t overshadowed the choice that needs to be made at quarterback soon. When asked about it, Doug Marrone calls the looming quarterback decision between Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew “tough.”

Per ESPN’s Michael DiRocco:

“I haven’t really thought about it, but I think every decision’s always a tough decision, unless it’s an injury thing where someone just has to go in there,” Marrone said. “I’m trying to focus on what we have going this week, which is a unique week, going to London.”

Back in March, Jacksonville signed Nick Foles in free agency to replace Blake Bortles under center. The deal was worth $88 million over four years and includes $50 million in guarantees.

In his regular season debut with the Jaguars, the veteran quarterback suffered a broken left clavicle against the Kansas City Chiefs. As a result, the team was forced to turn to Minshew as their starting quarterback.

When Foles was placed on injured reserve, many believed that Jacksonville would fall to the wayside. Instead, their rookie sixth-round pick has led them to a 4-4 record and are in the mix in the AFC South.

Over his first eight games, Minshew has thrown for 1,976 yards, 13 touchdowns, and two interceptions. As good as he’s been, the Jaguars have quite the decision to make when Foles is eligible to return in Week 11.

Despite signing Foles to a long-term deal, there’s no way that the Jaguars can replace Minshew right now. Minshew has provided a spark to the offense and has found ways to win games.

It would be a completely different discussion if he was losing games. Since he’s not, Marrone should continue riding the hot hand and trust in his first-year quarterback.