Jacksonville Jaguars: Feeling better about the QB situation
After the first week of the NFL season that saw Jaguars QB Nick Foles go down with an injury, fans should feel better about the situation in Jacksonville.
All last week I was ranting about the Jaguars getting rid of third-stringer Alex McGough. Having watched him and his athleticism was one of the few exciting things about our preseason. Having sat in the stands through all four games from Baltimore, Miami and here at home, I got to see all of this first hand from the stands.
I was very disappointed to see the now Houston Texans backup cut from the team. I kept asking what happened when Nick Foles got hurt. Well, here we are, 10 snaps in the first quarter of the first game of the season and Nick Foles is injured and on IR for eight weeks with a broken clavicle.
Gardner Minshew, as the sixth-round draft pick has been praised by Tom Coughlin and the team’s front office. He still has some developing to do. Yes, we all see potential in him, we know he is smart and can read the plays. But again, I kept asking what happened when Foles got hurt? That’s where I got scared. Minshew took the game by the horns last Sunday and had an amazing game.
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He was 22 of 25, two touchdowns (we will overlook that interception) – amazing stats for a rookie. He looked confident. He showed everyone exactly what the front office saw in him, and we are all impressed.
Admittedly, I wasn’t his biggest fan, but that will change now. Sometimes the best place to learn is in the trenches, and boy did he have to do that against the Chiefs.
It’s a good move for the Jaguars trading Josh Dobbs. I lived in Knoxville and watched him, he was phenomenal. He has a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is smart. He is an amazing leader on the field. The University of Tennessee has been reeling since he graduated. We can overlook that he spent time in Pittsburg. (Insert laughter).
We have an entire season ahead of us. I walked out of TIAA last Sunday hotter than even just dealing with the temperatures in the stands. We put all of our eggs in one basket with Foles and now we have to jockey to get better. We weren’t prepared for his injury. We put all of that money into him, we held him out of preseason to keep him healthy and we saw what happened.
“ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” was a unified reaction when we learned he was out of the game. We are the Jacksonville Jaguars and we deal in solutions. This season has to potential to go in so many varied directions. Will it be what we expected? Apparently not.
Our team needs that on-field leadership. What we lack in discipline was apparent Sunday. The players rallied around Nick Foles, will they do the same for Minshew? Dobbs? I for one hope so. Let’s get back to the game, shake off the heat and keep going. Texas, here we come.