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Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew has simple explanation for loss to Dolphins

Gardner Minshew, Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) were thoroughly outplayed by the Miami Dolphins (1-2) on Thursday night, and Jags QB Gardner Minshew sees a simple reason for his team’s defeat: Too many miscues.

Minshew threw an interception, lost a fumble, and took four sacks during Jacksonville’s 31-13 home loss.

“We had too many mistakes tonight – that’s just plain and simple,” Minshew said after the game.

The Jaguars’ defense struggled from the opening drive, allowing Ryan Fitzpatrick to post one of the most efficient stat lines of his career (18-of-20, 160 yards, 2 TDs).

“We just felt like we weren’t playing in sync, how we want to play,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said.

On the other hand, after looking like a potential franchise quarterback through the first two weeks, Minshew struggled to find a groove on Thursday.

Minshew’s numbers look OK: 30-for-42 passing, 275 yards, but many of those yards were empty calories with the game out of hand. More significantly, the Jaguars converted just three of 10 third-down opportunities and scored way below the 28.5 points per game they averaged through Weeks 1 and 2.

“We just felt like we were chasing, and I felt that way throughout the game,” Marrone lamented.

During the one stretch in the second quarter when it looked like Minshew might bring his team back into the game, two crucial mistakes halted any momentum. Minshew lost a fumble on a sack that directly led to an easy Dolphins touchdown, then he tossed his third interception of the season.
Jacksonville will have 10 days off to re-evaluate their performance before they hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Bengals
(0-2) on Oct. 4.