Doug Marrone does not commit to a starting QB for Week 14
When the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to bench Gardner Minshew upon Nick Foles getting back to full health in Week 11, the move was met with some criticism, as Minshew had largely been playing well in Foles’ absence.
Now, that decision is looking even worse.
In his third start since returning from a broken collarbone on Sunday, Foles completed just seven of his 14 passes for 93 yards and an interception while losing a couple of fumbles before being booed by the home crowd and then replaced by Minshew.
The Jaguars went on to fall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 28-11 for their fourth straight loss, and now, head coach Doug Marrone has some soul searching to do when it comes to picking his quarterback for next weekend’s matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers:
“I haven’t spoken to them, and I always believe in doing things the right way,” Marrone said of his quarterbacks, via John Reid of The Florida Times-Union. “I’ve got to talk to them first. It’s obviously emotional right now and we’re really disappointed, so we’ll wait, and I’ll talk to them before any announcement comes out. I just think it’s the right thing to do. I know it might not feel like the right way for the fans and everyone, but I’ve got to continue to do things the right way. I’ve got to continue to lead. I’ve got to continue to find a way to go.”
Jacksonville signed Foles during the offseason with the hope that he would solve its problem under center, but it appears that the fans would prefer to roll with Minshew moving forward.
Based on the way Foles has played and that Minshew is just a rookie with plenty of room for improvement, it’s hard to argue with that.