Jacksonville Jaguars: Why not starting Gardner Minshew makes sense

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Quarterback Gardner Minshew II #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are not starting Gardner Minshew for a reason.

Veteran Mike Glennon has been the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ starting quarterback the last two weeks. Even though the results with him at the helm have been mixed, head coach Doug Marrone announced after their Week 13 game that he would be making his third start of the season against the Tennessee Titans in Week 14. Since then, he’s gone on to explain why Glennon is getting the starting nod over Gardner Minshew II.

Marrone said in a recent sitdown with the local media that Glennon gives the team the best chance to win. He also pointed out that the coaching staff is looking for the right amount of work for Minshew and wants to see him have a good week before trusting him into action.

The head coach said that practice is important and doesn’t want to go into game day not knowing what he’s going to get from the quarterback or any other position for that matter. He added the team is always going to play whoever gives them the best chance to win.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are doing what’s best for the team.

Marrone’s comments imply Minshew II may not be performing well during practice and if that’s the case, the Jaguars are making the right decision. There’s no point in starting the sophomore quarterback if he’s struggling in practice. Also, it’s not as if the head coach can reverse course. If Minshew improves and Glennon struggles, which is a possibility, the former could see the field once again.

Glennon threw two touchdown passes and didn’t turn the ball over in his first start with the Jaguars. However, he threw just one touchdown pass, two interceptions lost a fumble and took a sack for a safety against the Vikings in Week 13.

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If Glennon has another game like that, the Jaguars should definitely give Minshew another look, but if the veteran plays well, it won’t make much sense to take him out of the lineup.