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Jacksonville Jaguars News: The Blake Bortles bet failed spectacularly

Examining the why and how of The Blake Bortles Experiment and more Jaguars news from around the league for your Tuesday morning!

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The Blake Bortles bet failed spectacularly

There was, briefly, a case for Blake Bortles. You had to squint and you couldn’t think about it for long, but it was there. It was 2017, a season that feels like it happened 100 years ago. It was the year that produced a Buffalo Bills playoff berth months before they became a national punch line. The Jacksonville Jaguars won with a hole at quarterback, the last season in which that was possible. Nick Foles won the Super Bowl. We’ll explain the events of 2017 in the same way we explain how Crash won Best Picture in 2006: You just had to be there.

The Blake Bortles era is likely coming to a close

Barring injury, Blake Bortles has probably played his last down for the Jacksonville Jaguars as the starting quarterback. Head coach Doug Marrone announced on Monday that Cody Kessler would be the starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts and I’d have to think that outside of a Nathan Peterman level performance, Kessler will likely be the Jaguars starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

That means that Bortles’ Jaguars career would effectively be over and done with.

VIDEO: Jaguars and Bills players fight, sidelines empty, ejections galore!

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills got into an all out brawl after a near touchdown to Donte Moncrief was called down at the 1-yard line.

This fight had everything — Leonard Fournette running in from the opposite sideline, countless punches, players on the ground, coaches getting nicked up... WHEW!

And in other Jaguars news ...

  • What other changes are coming for the Jaguars?
  • Cody Kessler is the starting quarterback... for now.
  • Nathaniel Hackett thought he was going to discuss a quarterback change, but instead he got fired.
  • Leonard Fournette and Shaq Lawson continued fighting in the exit tunnel after being ejected.
  • What led to the fight in the loss to the Bills? Leonard Fournette explains here.
  • What should the Jaguars focus on now that the playoffs aren’t a realistic possibility anymore?
  • This is a watershed moment in Jacksonville. Will the team respond or wilt?