The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped the ball on their QB situation.
The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2020 season with no clear plan for their quarterback position. They made the right decision when they gave Gardner Minshew II a chance to show he could be their quarterback of the future. However, the team’s brass didn’t have a plan in place in case he faltered, which is precisely what ended up happening.
Minshew and rookie Jake Luton were the only quarterbacks the ‘Jags’ had on their active roster after trimming it down to 53 players. Before the season started though, they signed veteran Mike Glennon, who had spent the offseason with the team.
This Jacksonville team won the season opener, but that was the only game the team won in the first seven weeks of the year and one big reason was Minshew’s struggles in his sophomore campaign. He missed time with a thumb injury but even before that, head coach Doug Marrone had brought up the possibility to bench him. In seven games, Minshew went 176-of-267 for 1,855 yards,13 touchdown passes, and five interceptions.
Looking back, Minshew wasn’t the Jaguar’s main problem in the first seven games of the season. Nevertheless, he was unable to elevate his teammates and play at a high level, so it kind of make sense for Marrone to try something different and the quarterback’s thumb injury opened the door to shake things up.