Jaguars’ Doug Marrone will make Gardner Minshew-Nick Foles decision during bye
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a difficult bind. They might still make the playoffs if they pick the right quarterback to lead them. However, Doug Marrone will find it hard to choose between Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles.
Minshew has played well for the most part ever since Foles went down with a clavicle injury in Week 1. However, their most recent game–a horrible 26-3 collapse against the Houston Texans in London–had the head coach considering his options on which player to pick moving forward.
NFL.com’s Grant Gordon reported that the head coach will be using the bye week to make the decision on the starting QB.
“I haven’t spoken to either quarterback yet, and I hate talking through the media about my plans, but the plans were — again, the disappointment of the team, not performing well, will be on my mind now for the next 48 hours,” Marrone said after the game.
“I think after those 48 hours are over, I’m going to step away a little bit, take a break because I don’t have to make a decision and have time. That’s what I’m going to talk to the quarterbacks about, and then I’ll tell them probably right before we come back on Sunday, we’ll be able to discuss where we’re going to go. That’s pretty much my plan.”
Minshew has been a polarizing figure for Jaguars fans this season. He’s shown flashes of brilliance and has a strange charisma that makes everyone fall in love with him. However, his rookie mistakes are costing the team a lot of winnable games. Meanwhile, Foles has Super Bowl experience and will be a stable option for Marrone and Jacksonville’s playoff hopes.
Choosing one over the other will tell fans whether they’re going for the immediate rewards or aim for the long game.