Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew had a nice run this season. In eight starts, Minshew was able to go 4-4. Also, in those eight starts(nine games), Minshew was able to put up some quality numbers(2285 yards passing, 13 touchdowns). However, in his last start against the Texans, Minshew struggled with turnovers. The sixth-round pick in this year’s draft threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles.
Ultimately, with Nick Foles healthy and ready to go, the Jaguars decided that Foles was the guy to lead the team moving forward, and according to Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, he could sense that Minshew was disappointed in the decision.
“Like I said before, we had a good conversation, a tough conversation for me, because I appreciate what he’s done,” Marrone said about Minshew on Monday. “And specifically pointing out a couple things that we need to keep progressing with him and working on, and I’m sure he’s a competitor.
“I’m sure there’s some level of disappointment personally, but the great part about Gardner [Minshew II] is that he’s going to do whatever he can to help this team win, and he knows that there are things that he’s going to work on and he’s going to improve upon, which is going to make him even better the next time he has an opportunity.”
Anytime you give a player a four-year, $88 million contract, you are going to give him every opportunity to get on the field, and based on how Minshew performed against the Texans, the Jaguars really had no choice but to go back to Foles.
Making the playoffs might be a difficult task for the 4-5 Jaguars, but if Foles, who is streaky, can get on a roll, maybe this team could have shot. “Minshew Mania” was fun. However, it’s time to see what Foles can do.