The Jacksonville Jaguars and NFL social media stratospheres are once again up in arms about the play of quarterback Blake Bortles, following the starters beating half of the NFC playoff teams from 2017 in the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and Atlanta Falcons a combined score of 24-9 over a three preseason game period in which the opposing team’s starters played.
Go ahead and read that again.
Last season’s en vogue targeting of Bortles by national media pundits and Twitter “experts” has returned for the 2018 season, following two performances from the quarterback that weren’t aesthetically pleasing enough to appease many who judge such things on social media and television. Despite the fact that the Jaguars offense outperformed their counterparts when on the field, which included offenses led by much fawned over quarterback Kirk Cousins and former league MVP Matt Ryan, the proverbial claws are now out for Bortles and his perceived terrible play that is “holding the team back from a Super Bowl” on August 26th.
Meanwhile, a look around the league will find that the amount of anticipated starters at quarterback playing at a high, playoff-worthy level, is almost non-existent. Don’t let that stop you from becoming a part of the national narrative though, that Blake Bortles is the only struggling quarterback in the league and a detriment to his team’s success. Nevermind the fact that the last time we saw Bortles play meaningful football, it was in late January with his team within a blown 3rd-and-18 coverage and a bad call by the referees on Myles Jack, from taking this same team to the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl.
This is not to say Bortles’ play has been spectacular (it hasn’t) but the outright hand wringing and angst by this team’s fan base on social media and further fueled by national media “analysts” who would prefer a public vasectomy to being proven wrong on a previously tweeted scouting of a player is just moronic.
The calls for Cody Kessler to start are moronic.
The calls for trading draft picks this team will need to replenish an expensive roster next season and beyond for a third-string quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater? Downright idiotic.
And no, the team is not going to call upon the services of Colin Kaepernick.
There are many opinions on social media and NFL opinion sites this morning on Bortles’ play, and there will undoubtedly be more as we now await the start of actual games over the next two weeks leading up to September 9th. There is only one fact among all the white noise however — and that is that Blake Bortles is our quarterback and he is the best quarterback for the Jaguars in 2018.
No amount of tweets is going to change that.