Jaguars’ Doug Marrone reacts to Leonard Fournette lobbying for Cam Newton
The Jacksonville Jaguars plan on having Gardner Minshew as their starting quarterback, but Leonard Fournette believes the team should pursue Cam Newton. Doug Marrone, the head coach of the Jaguars, reacted to Fournette lobbying for Newton.
“You know, with players, you’re always going to have friends [who say] like, ‘Hey, this guy should come, or that guy should come,’ and you try to talk to the players about talking about the team and doing what is best and keeping a single message, but then a lot of times you’re going to have to be able to communicate in that locker room, I mean that is the big thing with me,” Marrone told Mike Tirico of NBC Sports.
Early in free agency, the Jaguars traded Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears just a year after signing him to a multi-year contract. The reason they felt comfortable trading Foles was due to the emergence of Minshew in 2019.
As a rookie sixth-round pick, Minshew was able to throw for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns while Foles dealt with a shoulder injury. Despite Minshew’s contributions last season, Fournette believes the team would be even better with Newton under center.
When Fournette lobbied for Newton, he made it clear that he and Newton are friends off of the field. Just like in middle school, everyone loves when they have a chance to play on the same team as their friends.
However, Marrone’s comments seem to eliminate the chances of Jacksonville pursuing Newton in free agency. At the same time, Marrone hopes that Minshew and Fournette can see eye-to-eye before next season.