The Jacksonville Jaguars were pounded by Washington 41-10 on Sunday. Truth be told, the game was completely out of hand by halftime and the calls to put Blake Bortles in picked up. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said after the game however that he didn't even think about putting Bortles in the game.
No thought to putting in Bortles, Gus says— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) September 14, 2014
This stance seemed to infuriate a lot of Jaguars fans, understandably so. The game is completely out of hand and Chad Henne isn't able to get anything done when he has time, so why not put the rookie in for mop up duty and get him some reps?
Bradley didn't entertain the idea however, most presume because of how bad the offense was playing overall. One other thought is that once you put Bortles in, the toothpaste is out of the tube. You can't put it back in there. If Bortles goes in and at least looks serviceable, you almost have to keep going forward with him.
I wouldn't have been upset with Bradley playing Bortles in the second half of Sunday's blowout loss, but I also completely understand why he wouldn't.