Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone shockingly benched starting quarterback Blake Bortles after he fumbled the ball putting the Houston Texans right in touchdown range, his second lost fumble during a scramble on the day. Back up quarterback Cody Kessler came in the game and seemed to be able to move the offense, leading a touchdown drive but it was too little too late.
“It’s open. Who’s the starter at right tackle? Who’s the starter at center? Who’s the starter at receiver? Who’s the starter? Everything is open,” Marrone said Sunday after the teams loss when asked who the starting quarterback would be when the Jaguars head to London.
“We’ve lost three straight games and we can’t stop shooting ourselves in the foot for lack of a better expression. For us, the focus is going to be on that, but if you’re that side of the football…everything, special teams. We’ve got to do something, but the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over. Period. That would be the positive of how we can build.”
Personally, I think Blake Bortles will end up starting on Sunday in London against the Philadelphia Eagles, but his leash will likely be exceedingly short especially if he keeps turning the football over.
That seems to have been what did Bortles in on Sunday, as he turned it over for the 11th time on the season, setting the Texans up for a touchdown to put them up 20-0 right after halftime.
“I’m focused on how we stop turning the ball over,” Marrone said when asked about focusing on It’s hard for me, in my mind, to sit here right now and try to say, ‘If we can do this, we can do...’ We can’t do shit until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is.”
Kessler likely isn’t the answer for the Jaguars going forward, but he doesn’t necessarily need to be. Marrone will need to figure out who gives him the best chance to win for 2018 and 2018 alone. Hell, they need to figure out gives them the best chance to win in Week 8.