Jags’ Marrone talks decision to go with Glennon over Minshew against Colts

An NFL season can be very long and can be even longer when you’re not very good, which is the position the Jacksonville Jaguars are in right now. Jacksonville won their first game of the season against the team they conclude the season with, the Indianapolis Colts. 

In that game against the Colts, Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew played his best game of the season. The second-year quarterback was 19-20 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. After defeating the Colts in Week 1, it’s been all downhill. Jacksonville(1-14) has lost 14 straight games, including last week’s 41-17 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears. 

Last week, Jacksonville did not name a starting quarterback against the Bears until Saturday afternoon, which was Mike Glennon. This week, Marrone decided a little sooner and will go with Glennon over Minshew against Indianapolis. Against the Bears, Glennon threw for 211 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

On Wednesday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone explained why he choose Glennon over Minshew.

“We just feel like it gives us a good chance [to win], and we can operate and see where it goes,” Marrone said. “Honestly, I don’t think any one decision on the quarterback, or any other position, is really going to move the needle one way or the other. If it did, then obviously we would make it, but we don’t feel that way. Let’s go in there, and let’s try to take advantage of some things.”

Marrone is right. When you are the Jaguars, it doesn’t matter what you do at this point of the season. You are what you are, and the Jaguars are not a good football team. A change will come in Jacksonville at season’s end, and hopefully, for the franchise, better days are ahead. 

 

Jaguars’ Minshew: ‘I don’t think anybody really expects much of a 1-12 team’

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew is a starter again for the team as they prepare to travel to Baltimore to battle the Ravens(8-5) on Sunday. Jacksonville(1-12) is looking to snap a 12-game losing streak. 

The second-year quarterback replaced au ineffective Mike Glennon last week in Jacksonville’s loss to the Titans. Minshew saw his first action since he injured his thumb back in October. Before the injury, Minshew started the first seven games for Jacksonville.

“I mean going into the week, I was kind of expecting it, ready to roll,” Minshew said on Wednesday about being named the starter against Baltimore. “[I’m] just glad to be back in the saddle.”

Being 1-12 and on a 12-game losing streak, Minshew believes there is no pressure on this team at this juncture of the season.

 “I wouldn’t say there’s a ton of pressure right now,” Minshew said. “I don’t think anybody really expects much of a 1-12 team, but we expect a lot of ourselves. We’re going to go out there, try not to let what’s going on this season determine what happens these next three games. We’re going to go try to have a lot of fun, make the most of them, put some good stuff on tape.”

There’s a good chance Minshew won’t be in Jacksonville next season. At this point, the team still has an outside chance at getting the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but for that to happen, they have to keep on losing and hope that the Jets(0-13) find a way to win a game. At this time, due to strength of schedule(Jaguars having an easier strength of schedule), if the Jaguars and Jets end up with the same record, Jacksonville will get the number one pick, which means they probably get Lawrence if he declares for the draft. 

So, Jacksonville has a lot to play for at this point of the season, and if things go their way, maybe they will get that franchise quarterback they have coveted for many years. 

Marrone thinks Glennon gives Jacksonville the best chance to win

Last month, Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was cleared to return to the field after dealing with a thumb injury. Minshew injured his thumb against the Texans in Week 5 but hid it from the team until after their loss to the Chargers in Week 7. 

The second-year quarterback has not been on the field since.

“It’s so frustrating,” Minshew told ESPN’s Mike DiRocco. “I pretty much went and begged before the Cleveland game to be able to play. It sucks, you know, There’s no way around it.

Rookie quarterback Jake Luton started three games during Minshew’s absence; Mike Glennon would start the next two, including the team’s 27-24 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

On Monday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone addressed Minshew’s situation, and according to Marrone, whose team host the Titans on Sunday, the 30-year-old Glennon gives Jacksonville the best chance to win.

“We talked today, and just like I told him, I just want to see more at practice,” Marrone said. “I think he’s working on his volume and the amount of throws and all of that. He’s obviously cleared medically, but still, you want to be able to see those things on the practice field. I just think right now, in practice, Mike [Glennon] is throwing better and giving us the best chance to win. I don’t think Gardner [Minshew II] ‘s 100 percent as far as his workload, and that’s always [of] concern to me. I’m trying to understand it, and we’re both trying to work through it.” 

During this time, according to Marrone, he and Minshew have been in constant communication.

 “We’ve been having a lot of conversations, so it’s not a problem at all,” Marrone said. “I mean whatever he feels he can do, what’s best for the team, he’ll do. He’s said that quite a bit, so I don’t see a problem there. The communication’s been fine. I think everything’s been upfront, everything’s been talked about, so I feel comfortable with that. I think he’s trying to do everything he can to get himself back to a point where he feels comfortable, and his workload is right.”

Minshew wants to prove that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL, so you can understand his desire to want to get back on the field, but with only four games left, there is a chance that he does not play another down this season, especially if Glennon plays well. 

However, the Jaguars(1-11) are on an 11-game losing streak, and they will have a hard time winning another game, so we will probably see Minshew at some point again in the next four games. In seven games, the 24-year-old Minshew threw 1855 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions, so his numbers aren’t bad. 

However, there’s a good chance that Minshew won’t be in Jacksonville next season. At this point, Jacksonville has the second-worst record in football, and if things go their way, maybe the Jaguars will be in line to draft Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence or even Ohio State’s Justin Fields. 

Next season, the Jaguars will have a new GM after firing Dave Caldwell last month, probably a new coach, and probably a new quarterback. 

Changes are coming in Jacksonville.

Jaguars’ Luton on first career start: ‘I’ll be ready’

In 2019, the opportunity came knocking for then Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, who was a sixth-round draft pick in last year’s draft. Minshew stepped in for an injured Nick Foles and ultimately started 12 games for Jacksonville, which helped him become the team’s starter in 2020. 

However, after injuring his thumb, Minshew will miss Sunday’s home game for Jacksonville(1-6) against the Texans(1-6). In his place will be rookie quarterback Jake Luton, who, like Minshew, was a sixth-round pick. On Wednesday, the former Oregon State product discussed the similarities between his and Minshew’s journey. 

“We’ve talked about it a little bit,” Luton said. “We’ve had a couple conversations. I remember one we had at the hotel over dinner, kind of just talking about our paths and the journeys we’ve taken, and it’s really cool. I remember a couple years ago facing off against him and watching him for Washington State and how much success he had. It’s a small world. It’s crazy how our paths have now crossed. I think our different journeys and our roads, all the different steps that we’ve taken has helped us both. Now, being together, I think it’s helped us even more. We push each other pretty well, and I think he has a lot of knowledge to bring to the table.”

Minshew has struggled at times this season, and currently the Jaguars are on a six-game losing streak, so Luton has an opportunity to prove that maybe he could Jacksonville’s quarterback of the future, and according to the rookie, he will be ready.

“I think playing the quarterback position, I think you have to be pretty even-keeled,” Luton said. “It’s what I pride myself in is just being composed at all times. I think that’s something the team really looks to and guys really respect. I just try to approach it day in and day out as a first-year guy coming in and preparing like I’m going to play, and whether I am or not, I’m going to prepare that way so when my time comes, I’ll be ready.”

Obviously, Luton wants to perform at a high level, but no matter what happens, playing in the NFL is a dream come true.

“As a kid, I wanted to do this my whole life,” he said. “I dreamed of playing in the NFL, and getting that opportunity to step out, there will definitely be a dream come true. I don’t know that I could really compare it to anything I’ve experience this far.”

Both Luton and Minshew could be gone after this season. However, if Luton plays well, he could keep the job going forward for Jacksonville. So, again, this is an excellent chance for Luton to show what he brings to the table.

 

Jaguars’ Minshew on loss to Lions: ‘We beat ourselves today’

When you are a team that does not have a lot of talent, you can’t beat yourself. On Sunday, at times, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat themselves, including their QB Gardner Minshew, who had two turnovers(interception, fumble), as the Jaguars fell to the Lions(2-3) 34-16 at TIAA Bank Field. 

With the loss, the Jaguars(1-5) have now lost five straight games. As the losses mount, Minshew, who was 25/44 for 243 yards, with a touchdown and interception, is frustrated and looking for answers.

“There’s not a guy on this team that likes losing or even wants to tolerate losing,” Minshew said after the game. “We’re definitely frustrated. It feels like the same story each week. We are trying to figure out what our solution is, we got to start finding it, and the urgency should be at an all-time high. That being said, I believe we have the guys in our building to do it, so we’re just going to have to come back together; I know you all are sick of hearing it, but come back together, have a good week at practice, and just get ready to win one game at a time…

 “Any time you play a game like that, and you just walk away feeling that you beat yourself, that’s super frustrating. Talk about a disciplined team that beat themselves, we feel like we beat ourselves today, and we just can’t do that.”

In addition to the turnovers, the Jaguars had a hard time stopping the Lions. Jacksonville allowed Detroit to rush for 180 yards, and coming into the game, the Jaguars were 26th against the rush and 30th in total defense. However, when asked if defensive coordinator Todd Walsh’s job was in jeopardy, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone had this to say.

“Yes. Yes, as long as I’m here and I’m the head coach, yes, he’s(Walsh) safe.”

When asked about own his status after a 1-5 start, Marrone said the following:

“Yeah, I mean, the realistic part is you never know when it’s going to stop,” he said. “I mean, I’m not going to be one of those guys to say that that’s not something that can happen. I mean, we see what happens around the league, so I acknowledge that. But at the same time, it’s something that I can’t control. So, and I’ve said it before; I really love the coaches we have, and I love the players that we have on this team. And I look at that sense of relationship that I have with them as to make sure that I’m coming in doing the best job I can to get everyone around me better for however long I maintain this position.”

No one expected the Jaguars to be very good this season, but there was some optimism after the Colts’ victory and the close loss to the Titans in the first two weeks of the season. However, at this point, it’s pretty clear that it will probably be a long season in Jacksonville.

Jags’ Allen on Minshew: ‘He’s a superstar on and off-field’

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew came out of nowhere as a rookie and played some solid football for the team last season. In fact, the Jaguars had so much faith in the former sixth-round pick that they decided to trade Nick Foles and make Minshew the team’s starting quarterback this season.

At this point, the 24-year-old Minshew is rewarding Jacksonville’s faith in him. After two games, the second-year quarterback has thrown for 512 yards with six touchdowns and 115.7 quarterback rating. In Week 1, Minshew was close to perfect as he completed 19/20 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 27-20 victory against the Colts. 

Last week, against the Titans, Minshew brought his team back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit before falling to Tennessee 33-30. On Thursday night, the 1-1 Jaguars have an opportunity to move to 2-1 at home against the 0-2 Miami Dolphins. 

According to Minshew, going 1-1 against the Colts and Titans gives the team a lot of confidence as they prepare for the Dolphins.

“Those were two very good teams, two very good divisional teams we’ve played so far,” Minshew said on Tuesday via a video call. “[We] competed well, had a chance to win both. So, it’s just taking those good things we’ve done and building on those and then trying to fix the stuff that we haven’t done well.”

On the Thursday Night Football stage last season in Week 3, Minshew got his first victory as a starter, and “Minshew Mania” grew from there. According to his teammate, DE Josh Allen, Minshew is now a superstar on and off the field. 

“I think he’s a superstar,” Allen said. “But him on and off the field, he’s a great guy, great quarterback, and he’s also a special human being, and he’s just a guy that you just want to be around. He gives off that energy. My wife loves him, probably more than she loves me, which I’m kind of a little mad at. She thinks he’s a superstar, so I kind of have to check him about that. But that’s just the vibe he gives. He’s a superstar on and off-field, but he doesn’t give off that attitude, and I love Gardner. That’s my guy, G-Money. He signed my gloves, ‘To Josh.’ I’m about to frame this.”

Minshew is not a superstar at this stage of his career, but he is definitely growing as a player. He’s very confident in his ability, and the confidence is spreading throughout Jacksonville’s locker room. Thursday’s night game against Miami is very winnable, and if the Jaguars want to continue to prove they can make some noise in 2020, it’s a game they have to win. 

Jags’ Chark: ‘I think honestly we feel like we can go toe to toe with anybody’

While the Jacksonville Jaguars(1-1) lost on Sunday to the Titans(2-0) 33-30 in Nashville, there were many positives from this game, especially on the offensive side of the ball. 

On Sunday, the Jaguars had 480 yards of total offense. Gardner Minshew threw for 339 yards with three touchdowns, but two costly interceptions. Rookie free agent RB James Robinson had his first 100-yard game(102 yards, 1 TD), and wide receiver D.J. Chark had four catches for 84 yards.  Jacksonville started slow and battled hard in this game, and they were down 14-0 in the first quarter and 30-17 in the fourth quarter before tying the game at 30 midway through the final quarter.

The expectations are low for the Jaguars, but according to Chark, Jacksonville can compete with any team in the NFL. 

 “I think honestly we feel like we can go toe to toe with anybody. It doesn’t matter,” Chark said after the game. “Our offensive line is going to move people off the ball. James is going to run hard. Our receivers are all capable of making plays, and they understand that we expect plays to be made every time the ball is in the air. It’s our ball or nobody’s ball, and Gardner(Minshew) is out there making great decisions.

“I think it’s just the mentality that we have, whether it’s 30-17 or it’s a tie game. We understand that we only control what we can control when we’re out there on the field, and I think that helps the offensive line, but it also helps the defense to know that in years past, when we’d get down, it’s kind of like a snowball effect, but they know even if the team does score, we as an offense have the potential to go score, too. So you just go out there and keep playing like every drive is a new drive.”

Minshew added: “Yeah, I mean, you see their resilience when we’re in there. But we also learned that we’ve got to start faster. We don’t need to be getting down 13 in the first place. I think if we jump out and play every quarter like we played that fourth, we’re going to be a really, really good football team.”

It’s still early, but Jacksonville played two teams(Colts, Titans) that many believe could make the playoffs in 2020 and proved to everyone that they could compete. Obviously, there are no morals victories in the NFL, but Jacksonville has to be happy with how they performed after two games. 

Minshew: ‘I’m very excited for our young guys who really stepped up’

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was almost perfect against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The second-year quarterback was 19/20 with 173 yards and three touchdowns as the Jaguars defeated the Colts 27-20 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

Minshew became the fourth player in NFL history to throw at least three TD passes and complete at least 95.0 percent of his passes in a single game.

“I’m just super grateful,” Minshew said about his near-perfect performance. “My mindset today was just to play one play at a time. I have got an offensive coordinator that is calling good plays, receivers that caught the ball, an offensive line that is giving me time, and a running game that really got us ahead of the chains. I’m just trying to do my job one play at a time, and I’m very grateful for the opportunities and the people around me.”

For Minshew to perform at a high level, he needed help from his young core, including rookie WR Laviska Shenault Jr., who had three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown.

“Laviska [Shenault Jr.] is awesome,” Minshew said. “He’s one of those guys that plays receiver, but he runs the ball like a running back, and we just find ways to get the ball into his hands. Even the touchdown to DJ [Chark Jr.] worked because they were worried about Laviska catching the ball when we were pumping it down to him. I’m very excited for him, and I think he’s going to continue to work and stay humble, and I think he’s going to do really good things for us.”

Also, rookie free agent RB James Robinson was huge for Jacksonville on Sunday. He ran for 62 yards and had one reception for 28 yards.

“All week, really all camp, we knew what we had in James, and we knew he could do it,” Minshew said. “I’m so happy for him, a guy who really got overlooked in the whole process. He is a guy that I identify with. Coming out of high school, a very productive player, but didn’t get recruited like he should. Super productive in college, but didn’t get scouted like he should. He’s a great football player, and I’m super glad he got the opportunity to get out there, and he made the most of it.”

Winning helps young players and young teams, and Minshew discussed how vital wins are for a young team.

“It’s huge,” he said. “Until you actually do it, there’s a part of it. You have to prove it to yourself. We had a lot of rookies and second-year players step up and make huge plays for us today. When they are playing with confidence, you love a young team that plays with confidence. They have the energy. They got that swag about them. I’m very excited for our young guys who really stepped up and made some huge plays for us today.”

Not many expected the Jaguars to win on Sunday, including Las Vegas, who had Jacksonville as  8-point underdogs against the Colts. However, Minshew played well, the young players stepped up, and the Jaguars start the season on a positive note.

Jags’ Minshew on being named captain: ‘That’s one of the highest honors you can have’

Year two of “Minshew Mania” starts on Sunday for Gardner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Indianapolis Colts. The second-year quarterback, who was 6-6 as a starter for the team in 2019, comes into 2020 as one of Jacksonville’s leaders, and on Monday, Minshew was named one of the team’s eight captains.

According to Minshew, being named captain is a tremendous honor. 

“It means everything,” Minshew said on Wednesday. “That’s one of the highest honors you can have is being voted on by your peers to represent them and to be their captain. Of all of the awards you can win, that’s one that really, to me, means a lot. It means the most because that’s really how you are with the guys around you and their opinion of you, and I think that’s the best judge of somebody.”

Wide receiver D.J. Chark added this about Minshew: “[It’s been] just from confidence of filling in, to just being his team—being the captain. I think that’s a big jump because you know that the guys in the locker room support you and they want you to succeed. [As] opposed to wishing that somebody else was quarterback and things like that. So, I think that’s the biggest thing that transfers on the field—translates to the field because when you’re dropping back, everybody on the team wants you to succeed. So, I think that’s the biggest thing and the confidence that he has.”

Minshew came out of nowhere for the Jaguars last season. The former 2019 sixth-round pick was not expected to play much at all last season, but injuries happened, and after getting his chance in 2019, Minshew threw for 3271 yards and 21 touchdowns, and while some were surprised by his play, Minshew said he prepared for that moment his whole football life. 

“It was something that I’ve been working for and preparing for really as long as I’ve played football,” he said. “It’s on a bigger stage now with higher competition, but the game’s still the same, the relationships you have are still the same, the preparation’s still the same. So, I think it’s something I’ve been preparing for a long time.”

While the Jaguars’ expectations are low in 2020, the pressure is on for Minshew to perform at a high level. If Jacksonville is tanking, as some think, this team will probably go in a different direction at the quarterback, especially if Minshew struggles. Therefore, he must be just as good, if not better, in 2020, but for now, it’s time to focus on the Colts.

Jaguars’ Minshew, seven others named team captains

On Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced their eight team captains for the 2020 season. According to the team, captains were chosen based on a player vote.

As he enters his second season(first as a starter), Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was named one of the team’s captains. 

Here is a complete list of the team’s captains

Offense: QB Gardner Minshew II, C Brandon Linder, and WR Chris Conley

Defense: DE Josh Allen, LB Myles Jack, DT Abry Jones, and S Jarrod Wilson.

Special Teams: K Josh Lambo.

This marks the fourth time Linder has been named a team captain, the second time for Jack and the first time for the other six players.

Jacksonville begins the season on Sunday when they host the Indianapolis Colts.