The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the middle of a full blown quarterback competition, thanks to the inconsistency of former third overall pick Blake Bortles. Head coach Doug Marrone announced following Thursday’s embarrassing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there would be a quarterback competition for the starting gig.
On Sunday when the team practiced, Bortles and backup Chad Henne split the first team reps and most speculate that Henne will end up starting on Thursday against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3 of the preseason, with the “competition” over before it began, but then NFL Network’s Mike Silver dropped this gem on Sunday afternoon.
Right now the Jags' QB strategy seems to be: Hope Bortles has a good game Thursday, or pray Henne improves steeply and suddenly...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) August 20, 2017
The current plan, according to whoever Silver spoke with, is to hope Bortles has a good game or pray for Chad Henne.
Silver further clarified after I jokingly tweeted it seemed like a great plan from general manager Dave Caldwell and VP of football operations Tom Coughlin, that this was Coughlin’s call more than anyone else’s.
For those asking about third string quarterback Brandon Allen, Silver also noted that “they think it would be worse,” if Allen ended up starting. Silver also noted that if the team ended up making a move for a quarterback that free agent Colin Kaepernick probably wouldn’t be “Option A”.
The Jaguars current quarterback situation seems like an abject disaster and there doesn’t appear to be any help on the way.