Bortles on Jags: ‘I think everything you need to win a Super Bowl in this league is in that locker room’

On Wednesday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced that QB Blake Bortles will be the starter in the season finale against the Texans on Sunday.

Bortles, who replaced an ineffective Cody Kessler last Sunday in the Jaguars’ win over the Dolphins, started the first 11 games for the team before losing his job to Kessler back in November.

For the 26-year-old Bortles, who signed a three-year extension last offseason, this could be his last game with the Jaguars.

“Obviously, I am here right now, and I have one more chance, one more opportunity to play this week and finish this year out and then they are in control of what happens for me next,” Bortles said on Wednesday. “Whatever happens, I will be ready.”

The 2018 season was supposed to be the year the Jaguars took that next step after losing to the Patriots in the AFC title game last season. It started well at 3-1, but then they went on an seven-game losing streak, and the season was pretty much over. However, even though the team struggled this year, Bortles believes there is enough talent in Jacksonville to win a Super Bowl.

“I think everything you need to be a successful team and win a Super Bowl in this league is in that locker room,” Bortles said. “Obviously with the coaching changes made, there is some stuff there to figure out, which is up to them. I think everything you need to be successful in this league is in this locker room, so it feels like we are a lot closer to being good than we are having to rebuild.”

It should be interesting to see what happens with Bortles in 2019. He is under contract with the team, but Jacksonville may have to make a change at the quarterback position. Whether that is through the draft or free agency, the Jaguars probably need to find an upgrade at the QB position. We’ll see where this team will go next, but at this point,  there is not enough talent to win a Super Bowl in Jacksonville.