Gardner Minshew Is Back for the Jags and So Is Minshew Mania

  • Gardner Minshew and Minshew Mania were the pleasant surprises of the first half of the season.
  • But when Nick Foles was healthy enough to return, Jags head coach Doug Marrone had to get him back into the lineup.
  • It appears that he has since realized the error of his ways.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone had a tough decision to make a few weeks back. His prized off-season acquisition, quarterback Nick Foles, was ready to return from a nasty collarbone injury suffered in week one. So, does he go with Foles or stick with the surprising young rookie, Gardner Minshew?

Minshew had taken the nation by storm. Fans loved his personality, and, for once, the quarterback was not a liability for the Jaguars. But the team had just signed Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract with over $50 million guaranteed during the off-season.

With the amount of money the team had invested in him, Marrone needed to give him a chance—so he did.

Just like that, Minshew Mania was over—but now it’s coming back.

Gardner Minshew Starting Again

When Marrone made the switch, the Jaguars had a 4-5 record and were still in the playoff picture (and possibly even had a shot at the division title).

While Minshew had played well overall, he still had some rookie moments. So, Marrone likely figured that Foles, with his background, gave the team a better chance of staying in the hunt. It took him 10 quarters to figure out he was wrong.

After a disastrous first half against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Marrone benched Foles and inserted Minshew into the game. The Jags still lost the game, 28-11, but they were competitive in the second half.

Knowing that four more losses would likely cost him his job, on Monday, Marrone made the only decision he could. He announced that Foles was going back to the bench and Minshew would start for the remainder of the season.

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