Jaguars To Stick With Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew initially landed the Jaguars’ starting quarterback job because of injury. He will now take over for a healthy Nick Foles.

The Jags announced Monday afternoon their sixth-round rookie passer has supplanted Foles. Despite the latter’s $22MM-AAV contract, Minshew relieved him during Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers. That setup will stick, which calls questions into Foles’ future.

Foles’ return from a broken collarbone injury brought two blowout losses — to the Colts and Jaguars — and the Bucs were delivering more of the same. However, Minshew oversaw a one-sided Jags defeat against the Texans and could not bring them back against the Bucs. He will have a chance to make his ninth start Sunday against the Chargers. The Washington State product went 4-4 while filling in for Foles.

Jacksonville gave Foles a four-year, $88MM deal — with $50MM guaranteed — despite seemingly no other serious suitors. The team had to make cap-related cuts because of its misstep with Blake Bortles, a move that forced them to carry $16.5MM in dead money this year. It might be too late for Doug Marrone to save his job, but the switch back to Foles certainly generates questions about the 30-year-old former Super Bowl MVP’s future in north Florida.

Foles has completed 65% of his passes this season. While Minshew sits at 61, the more elusive passer is averaging an additional yard per attempt — 7.3 to 6.3 — and has shown a better rapport with emerging wideout D.J. Chark. After throwing a touchdown pass Sunday, Minshew is up to 14 for the season compared to just five interceptions.

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    • They also wrote “but the switch back to Foles certainly generates questions” when the Jags are switching back to Minshew, not Foles.

  1. It’s important to remember no other team was interested in Foles yet the Jags gave him more money to show the team, Foles and perhaps the rest of the league, that there was no position challenge in training camp… it took all of 3 quarters to make that decision look like a huge blunder.

    • mitchrapp

      It’s important to remember that’s not true that no other teams were interested.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    I imagine an overpriced backup QB who can look as bad as Mike Glennon would draw plenty of interest from the Bears.

  3. Pretty dumb move by the Jaguars. They’ve got so much money invested in Foles and it’s not his fault that the defense gave up 33 to Indy, 42 to Tennessee, and had given up 25 to Tampa Bay by halftime. Marrone will be fired by year’s end and Foles will be the starter next year. This desperate move will not save his job and I can’t imagine the owner or GM are happy considering the money they threw at Foles.

    • Let me correct myself, the defense had given up 18 by halftime to Tampa because one of Tampa’s TDs was a fumble return off of Foles.

      • petersdylan36

        But how is the defense going to stop the offense if files turns the ball over three times in one half?

        • The same way they’d stop them if the Jags had punted instead of turning it over?

          And Minshew has, in addition to his 5 interceptions, fumbled 12 times and lost 7 of them. That’s 12 turnovers in 10 games. Foles has 2 fumbles lost and 2 interceptions. Minshew is just as bad if not worse than Foles in turning it over.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I’m sure Eagles fans would be delighted to have Sam Bradford back…lol.

  4. frank costanza

    Better enjoy it now because when the Jags get a new coach they will go with Foles. There’s no way they will not play him with that contract.

    • Somebody will be desperate enough to take Foles off of Jacksonville’s hands for a low draft pick. Jacksonville still has to pay the signing bonuses.

      Foles was a gamble. It didn’t pay off.

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