After starting 3-1 this season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have lost three in a row. Obviously, that puts them at 3-4 on the season. And while the AFC South is relatively wide open, they’re not taking a step forward. Instead, they keep slipping backwards. But one thing does seem certain right now. The Jaguars are not looking for a quarterback.
Although, they did bench Bortles in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Houston. Not to mention, there have been constant public calls/speculation for them to make a replacement at the position. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, in recent weeks it was rumored that the Jaguars would look for a quarterback to supplement or replace Bortles.
But this is not the case. And, coach Doug Marrone only says he made the move at quarterback Sunday to change things up.
“I just literally did it to try to get a damn spark from this football team,” Marrone told USA Today following the loss.
Bortles would get the hook in the third quarter of the Jaguars 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans. He had just given up his second fumble of the day before backup Cody Kessler took over. Bortles would complete 6-of-12 passes for just 61 yards in Sunday’s game. Kessler, however, did finish 21-of-31 but with only 156 yards. Plus, one touchdown and interception apiece
Still, the Jaguars’ starting quarterback position might be up in the air now. The five-year veteran was given a three-year $54 million extension during the offseason. Bortles entered the week leading (tied) in interceptions with eight — six in the past three weeks. So it’s no wonder the Jaguars decided it was time for a change.
As for the trade rumors?
Jacksonville isn’t concerned about filling the quarterback position. But they’re focusing on returning their injured players. Or, finding replacements. Running backs Leonard Fournette and Corey Grant, wide receiver Marqise Lee, plus tight ends Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul are key losses to this offense.
Now 3-4 though, they will look to turn their luck around in London against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday before heading into a bye week. A lot can change in a week, of course. But right now, everything is a bit uncertain. And after Sunday’s loss to the Panthers, the Eagles are reeling a bit as well. In other words, it’s going to be a battle in London.
Regardless, Bortles will be ready to support his team in any way he can.
“I’ll do the same thing I’ve always done: show up, work, prepare and get ready to go and work as hard as I can,” Bortles told reporters. “If I play, I play. If not, then I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.”
Will we have a more clear answer this week? Time will tell.