While the Blake Bortles era is over in Jacksonville, Bortles signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams for the 2019 season. This gives Bortles the chance to learn under offensive mastermind Sean McVay, while also taking pressure off of him as he transitions to a backup role behind Jared Goff.
Bortles feels like he is learning a lot under McVay’s tutelage. In fact, he recently told the Los Angeles Times that he has really been enjoying the experience, and that McVay’s coaching style is unlike anything he’s experienced before.
“It’s been awesome,” Bortles said. “Seeing how he coaches, how all the other coaches coach and how the guys are receptive and take it, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bortles said.
To be clear, I don’t think that was a shot at Jacksonville’s coaching staff or anything of that nature, but rather Bortles is saying that McVay may have a better way of connecting with him.
McVay also seems confident in Bortles if he ever needs to step in for Goff:
“You’ve seen a lot of really good things that he’s put on tape over the course of his career in Jacksonville,” McVay said. “And, if need be, we’re confident he’ll perform well for us as well.”
Bortles has also stated that the quarterback room — which also includes Bortles’ former understudy, Brandon Allen — is very comfortable with each other, and that the group freely communicates with one another.
While Bortles understands his role as a backup in Los Angeles, and knows that he’s not likely to get an opportunity there, he is hoping that he can take what he learns from McVay and Goff and once again become an NFL starter one day.
“It’s a weird thing to kind of balance in your head,” Bortles said. “I have a role. I’m here to back Jared and do whatever I can to help him out. And if I get an opportunity, I’ve got to make sure we don’t miss a beat offensively and we continue to roll.
“And at the same time, I also expect to be a starter in this league again, and I know it’s not going to be here in L.A.”
A bold proclamation for a quarterback with his track record, but maybe if McVay truly is the quarterback whisperer than that situation can come to fruition for The BOAT.
The situation in L.A. does sound ideal for Bortles, though. He is still just 27-years-old and can learn behind one of the best young coaching/quarterback duos (if not the best) in the league. He also won’t have to worry about injury. He will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and can sign with a quarterback-needy team, if a franchise is willing to take a risk on the former No. 3 overall pick.
Given Bortles’ struggles in Jacksonville, a lot of Jaguars fans are going to have a rather biased opinion of Bortles. But I’ll ask anyway:
Can you see Blake Bortles as a full-time starting quarterback in the NFL ever again?
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