Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced during his media availability that the team’s final starting quarterback of the season will be seven-year veteran quarterback Mike Glennon, not second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew, the team’s starting quarterback entering the year.
The Jaguars head coach also mentioned that rookie running back James Robinson would be held out due to an ankle injury. Robinson was ruled out last week for the first time this season and will come just 35 yards short of the rookie undrafted free agent record for a running back set by Dominic Rhodes in 2001, 1,104 yards.
Robinson finishes the season with 1,070 rushing yards.
“I was holding out hope, I really was, but it doesn’t look like he’s gonna be up for our game. I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be out. I can never, ever say enough about that guy,” Marrone said of Robinson. “I mean I really can’t, I mean about how hard he tries. He wants to come back, he wants to play. I think he is short of something, some type of record, by 20-something yards, and if anyone deserves to get that...”
As for the team’s starting quarterback this week, Glennon started over the on-again-off-again quarterback in Minshew last week against the Chicago Bears in the team’s 42-17 loss that would secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, marking the 14th-straight loss of the season.
On the day, Glennon completed 24-37 of his passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
“We’re just gonna keep it the same with Mike (Glennon), and Gardner will be ready,” Marrone said on Wednesday when asked about the starting quarterback for Week 17.
“We just feel like he gives us a good chance and we can operate, and see where it goes. I mean, honestly, I don’t think any one decision on the quarterback or any other position is really gonna move the needle one way or the other. If it did, then obviously we would make it, but we don’t feel that way. Let’s go in there and let’s try to take advantage of some things.”
Marrone also mentioned that rookie receiver Collin Johnson would be held out for the second-consecutive game, while casting a bit of uncertainty regarding the status of receiver DJ Chark Jr., stating “I don’t have a good feel for, it could go either way.”
The Jaguars’ game against the Colts will kick off at a new time of 4:25 p.m. ET. for the final game of the season.