The Jacksonville Jaguars will start Mike Glennon at quarterback in Sunday’s Week 12 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, per John Oehser of Jaguars.com.
Mike Glennon will start at QB for Jaguars versus Cleveland Browns Sunday
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) November 25, 2020
The opportunity will mark the well-traveled QB’s first start in over three years.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced the change on Wednesday. He had considered benching rookie QB Jake Luton amid a 27-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11, in which Luton tossed four interceptions and completed 16 of 37 passes for 151 yards.
Luton started three games for the 1-9 Jaguars, failing to record a win. He stepped in under center during the team’s bye week after second-year QB Gardner Minshew revealed to have suffered a broken thumb. Overall, he completed 54.5 percent of his throws for 624 yards, two touchdowns, and six interceptions, and looked every bit like an inexperienced rookie.
Minshew resumed throwing last week but isn’t ready to return, prompting the opportunity for Mike Glennon. The 30-year old has started 22 games over his seven-year career, including stints with the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s recorded 36 touchdown passes against 20 picks in the NFL.
Mike Glennon was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2013. The Bears infamously paid him $18.5 million for one season in which he was replaced as the starter after Week 4 of 2017.
Ironically, Glennon, who was signed by the Jags last May, was benched that season for Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky, who was replaced in 2020 by another veteran journeyman QB, Nick Foles. In 2019, Minshew replaced Foles for the Jaguars, who is now benched in favor of Glennon. Go figure.
The Jaguars trail the winless Jets by one game in the race to the bottom and the chance to select Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence with the no. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft.
Overall, the Jaguars have lost nine games in a row after winning the season opener — the longest losing streak in franchise history.
Mike Glennon is 6-16 so far in his NFL career, and has 5,163 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions.