Gardner Minshew’s starting job not set in stone, per coach Doug Marrone
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew did not exactly have his best performance of the season in his team’s 34-16, Week 6 loss against the Detroit Lions. While the 24-year-old hasn’t been terrible throughout the season, he hasn’t really been very good as well. This is exactly why Jaguars coach Doug Marrone was asked about the possibility of dropping Minshew from the starting lineup somewhere down the line.
Marrone reiterated his confidence in Minshew, but also admitted that he won’t rule out the possibility of benching him at some point:
“Maybe in the future, I think,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com (h/t Josh Alper of NBC Sports). “I mean, I’d be naïve not to say [that’s a possibility]. That’s up for any position, any play that we can do for ourselves to get better. But no, I didn’t feel that way during the course of the game.”
Minshew went 25-of-44 on his passes against the Lions for 243 yards. He had one touchdown and an interception, while also completing three rushes for a 14-yard gain and one additional score.
Sunday’s loss against Detroit marks Jacksonville’s fifth consecutive loss. They started the season with a win against the Indianapolis Colts, but have since been on a freefall. Things just get tougher for them from here on out, with the Jaguars set to face off against the Green Bay Packers in Week 7.
For the time being, it would be safe to assume that Minshew will be starting against the Packers. Whether or not he will be able to keep his starting gig for the coming weeks, however, is an altogether different matter.