The return of Nick Foles did not go the way the Jaguars thought it would go, and because of that, Jacksonville has decided to go back to rookie QB Gardner Minshew for the rest of the season, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced today.
The Jaguars will host the Chargers next Sunday.
Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract in the offseason, was 0-4 as a starter, including going 0-3 in his three starts after returning from a broken collarbone in Week 1.
On Sunday, Foles struggled against the Buccaneers. He completed 7 of 14 passes for 93 yards and one interception. Also, Foles lost two fumbles. Minshew would replace him at halftime, but Jacksonville would lose to Tampa 28-11.
It should be interesting to see if we will ever see Foles again as a starter in Jacksonville, but for now, it’s time for “Minshew Mania.”
Today, Marrone explained why he decided to go with Minshew.
Here is what Marrone had to say:
Marrone: “Obviously we had the quarterback situation, so I’m going to address that right off the bat. I handled the situation this morning, Gardner’s [Minshew II] going to start for us Sunday versus the Chargers. Obviously, it was a tough deal with Nick [Foles] coming back from injury and us not being able to do a good enough job around him really. So, we feel with Gardner’s mobility and elusiveness, it can give us a better chance of winning with the way we’re playing right now, because we’re all not doing a good enough job, the coaches, and we just have to keep it going. So, that’s what we’re doing going forward right now.”
(On if he believes the offensive line is not doing a good enough job of protecting the quarterback)
Marrone: “Well, they’re part of it when you look at protections, but it’s really a lot of things. You have to get open; you have to protect. We have tight ends protecting. We have running backs that will protect. We have to be able to run the ball better, I mean there’s a lot of things that come into it, but yeah, right now obviously, yesterday, we didn’t do a good enough job protecting and we got beat up front and it’s not the way we want to be playing.”
(On how QB Nick Foles handled the news that he would not start in Week 14)
Marrone: “It’s brutal. It’s tough. He’s a competitor. He worked his ass off to come back, and he’s a great pro, so he’s going to do everything he can to help us win, and at the same time, he’s got to be ready in case there’s an injury or whatever it may be. But he’ll be a pro about this. I think the world of him. I think he’s a really good quarterback. I think that he obviously could win in this league, but we’ve got to be able to help him around. We got to have some help around him.”
(On if Foles’ lack of mobility led him to struggle in the offensive scheme and on how Minshew II’s mobility helps the team)
Marrone: “I think the mobility’s going to help us. It’s kind of like how [Associated Press writer] Mark [Long] said, just overall, we’re not being able to give [Foles] a clean pocket where he can sit back there, so I think the mobility, that’s the reason why we made the move. I think the mobility and elusiveness, they give us a better opportunity; a better chance to win.”
(On if Minshew will start for the remainder of the season)
Marrone: “We’re planning on him playing, yeah.”
(On if he is surprised to see the way Foles has performed up to this point in the season)
Marrone: “Like I said before, I still believe in him as the quarterback. I just think that a lot of times it’s never really just the one position, or one person. That’s the one position [where] it’s a team game, you need people around him to do a good job, and right now, we’re all not doing a good enough job. So, we’re just trying to put the best guys out there that give us the best chance to win. And it’s tough. It’s tough when you’re not doing a good job, starting with myself, to the coaches and at times obviously the players. So, we’ve got to hang in there, and we’ve got to try to get past this. We have to obviously learn from it, because it’s a learning experience, but at the same time, shit, we have this bad taste in our mouth. We’ve lost four straight. We’re at home again and we have to find something that we can hang our hat on that we can win football games, so that’s what we’re trying to get done.”