The 'stache is back: Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone announced rookie QB Gardner Minshew will start this week vs. the Chargers. "Gardner's going to start for us versus the Chargers".
"I handled the situation this morning", Marrone said. "He obviously can win in this league, but we've got to be able to have some help around him". The Jaguars lost 33-13 to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11 and were defeated 42-20 by the Tennessee Titans in their last game.
Foles, the team's big free-agent signing who returned to the lineup the other week for the first time since Week 1 when he injured his shoulder, had a nightmare first half against the Bucs.
That was apparently enough to take the job from Foles.
"It's brutal. It's tough", Marrone said. "He's going to do everything he can to help us win and at the same time, he has to be ready in case there is an injury or whatever it may be". He suffered a broken collarbone on the Jaguars' 10th snap when Kansas City defensive lineman Chris Jones landed on him after Foles let the ball go on what would be a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark.
"I still believe in him as a quarterback", Marrone said. Foles has lost all four of his starts and he has thrown for 736 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
In making the switch to Minshew, Marrone cited the rookie's mobility behind a struggling offensive line as one reason for the move.
"Obviously it was a tough deal", Marrone said on an afternoon conference call.
Despite the "Minshew Mania" which swept the nation earlier this season, many maintained that the Jacksonville Jaguars did not have a quarterback problem.
"You've got to get open, you've got to protect, we have tight ends protecting and we have running backs that will protect", Marrone said.
"We got beat up front and it's not the way we want to be playing".