Jaguars’ Doug Marrone not considering returning to Gardner Minshew
The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-2 since Nick Foles returned under center, and during the Jaguars’ 42-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Foles wasn’t exactly masterful, completing 32 of his 48 throws for 272 yards and no touchdowns.
But head coach Doug Marrone is not considering benching Foles in favor of rookie Gardner Minshew:
“We got to figure it out with the guys we have,” Marrone said, according to Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union. “You got to keep fighting. You got to keep trying. If you just say, ‘Hey, we’re going to get it corrected and you keep things the same.’ I can’t live like that. That’s not how I live my life. I don’t believe in that. It’s very difficult. We’re going to go back, look again and probably try to find something else. Because obviously, what we’ve been doing hasn’t worked.”
To be fair to Foles, the Jaguars clearly have more issues than just quarterback, as their defense has given up a combined 75 points over the last two weeks.
However, some bristled at the fact that Foles, who suffered a broken clavicle in Week 1 and was sidelined through Week 10 as a result, was instantly placed back into the starting lineup upon his return given how much promise Minshew had shown.
Minshew, whom Jacksonville took in the sixth round of the NFL Draft back in April, threw for 2,285 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 61.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 92.8 over nine appearances and eight starts, although his most recent outing before Foles’ return was shaky, to say the least.
Regardless, the Jags are just 4-7 on the year and have seen their playoff hopes basically evaporate over the past few games.