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Jaguars made smart decision to return QB Minshew to starter

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The Jaguars made the only smart, sensible move that they should have made on Monday, when they went back to rookie quarterback and part-time starter from earlier in the year, Gardner Minshew.

Coach Doug Marrone made the move official on Monday after his team was wiped out early in their 28 – 11 loss to the Buccaneers Sunday. That’s when he benched QB Nick Foles after an awful first-half that included three turnovers and, he went to the former sixth-round pick out of Washington state who immediately sparked the offense to their only points of the day.

Marrone described it as “brutal” to inform Foles that he was going to the bench due to poor play. After all he was touted as the savior in the offseason, when Jacksonville gave Foles a franchise record $50 million guaranteed in free agency to become their starter.

However, he suffered a fractured collarbone in the first quarter of game one with Kansas City and Minshew played well in his plays for the rest of that game. And, then helped the Jaguars win four games over the course of the next seven weeks to stay in the playoff hunt.

With Foles returning to health and the bye week looming after the London game with the Texans, Minshew picked the wrong time to play an awful half. He had four turnovers in the fourth quarter of the loss to the Texans and that made the decision easy for the Jaguars third your coach to go back to Foles.

However, Foles has been mostly bad in all five halves he is played against Indianapolis, Tennessee and Sunday against the Buccaneers. Jacksonville was beaten a combined 75-33 in the previous two games.

On Sunday, Foles threw a first-quarter interception and later lost two fumbles on sacks, as the first half unfolded and the Buccaneers built an early 22 – 0 lead. He went to the bench having thrown for just 93 yards on 7-14 passing, as well.

Marrone made it clear that part of this decision is the mobility of the rookie Minshew and he showed that in the second half when he completed 8 of his first 10 passes for 98 yards coming off the bench and threw a touchdown (above) to Dede Westbrook. Minshew finished on the day 16-27 for 147 yards and the score.

The Jaguars season is teetering on the verge of a disaster at 4-8 with four losses in a row, and he may very well be out of a job himself in 4 weeks.

That is, unless Gardner Minshew has some more magic starting this week when the Jaguars host the L.A. Chargers

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Report- Jaguars to hire former Giants coach McAdoo as QB coach

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The Jaguars are trying to fix things offensively and especially, at the quarterback position. And, to that end, they have apparently settled on another hire, involving another former NFL head coach to lead their QB room.

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reported Tuesday night the Jacksonville is hiring former New York Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, to be their quarterback coach:

McAdoo had been under consideration by head coach, Doug Marrone, for the offensive coordinator vacancy that occurred when the team dismissed John DeFilippo after just one season.

Eventually, Marrone decided upon another former NFC East coach, Jay Gruden, from the Redskins, as the offensive coordinator hire. Gruden, the younger brother of Jon Gruden, is known as an innovator in the passing game.

However, the Jags, including GM Dave Caldwell, were obviously impressed with Macado’s previous work with the Giants and Eli Manning. McAdoo began as an offensive coordinator in New York in 2014 – 15. He was then given the head coaching job, basically at the uriging of the two-time Super Bowl champion QB Manning to take over in 2016.

The Giants finished 11 – 5 McAdoo’s first year as the head coach and made the playoffs. However, the relationship with Eli Manning quickly soured and the team fell apart going 2 – 10 in its first 12 games with McAdoo actually benching Manning late in the 2017 season. McAdoo was fired the week after that benching and has been out of the NFL the last two seasons.

McAdoo will replace QB coach Scott Milanovich, who took over as head coach of the CFL Edmonton Eskimos for later this summer.

The Jaguars still have to resolve their quarterback situation, as they have high price free agent signing Nick Foles, who did not perform well in his first season in Jacksonville.  And then, they have fan favorite rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew, who did play well at times in relief of the injured Foles and when Marrone benched Foles for the final four games of the year.

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Jaguars president Lamping continued to defend two London games

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Sep 17, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan watches his team during the second half of a football game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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With a fan base that is unsure whether or not Jaguars owner Shad Khan really wants to move half his team’s schedule, if not the team entirely to London, team president Mark Lamping took to the national radio airwaves Thursday morning trying to defend this week’s announcement that they will be playing a second home game in the U.K. this fall.

Lamping was a guest on “Sirius XM NFL Radio” morning show with co-host Bob Papa and Charlie Weis and tried to make clear that playing a second home game in London starting this year, is in the best interest of keeping pro football in North Florida:

Lamping told the hosts that Khan is “taking all the actions he believes are necessary to ensure the future of the NFL in Northeast Florida,” during the conversation. He went on to discuss Khan’s commitment to land development around TIAA Bank Field and how playing this second home game in London will be able to help with revenue.

Still, it’s totally understandable that Jaguars fans who hear those comments and say, “your words are empty and your actions of moving a second game to London’s Wembley Stadium mean everything.”

And, they would not be wrong to say or think that.

A franchise wanting to stay committed and strong in the market/region where they are, isn’t looking to take 1/4 of the regular season home schedule and play games five time zones away.

The point Lamping was trying to make is the same that Khan did earlier in the week: that the Jaguars make easily $500,00 and maybe north of $1 million more money by selling their home games to the NFL to put on abroad vs. playing in a half empty stadium in Jacksonville,.

The real bottom line with respect to attendance/revenue is: the Jaguars have only had one winning season in eight years under Khan’s ownership. In fact, they’ve lost at least 10 games (including the last two years) in those 7 other seasons, and the losing has caused fan apathy, which therefore results in a lack of revenue.

And, most Jaguar fans were unhappy, or just met with that apathy, Khan’s decision last December to not go ahead and wipe the slate clean from coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell, who were part of those last two years. This especially, after firing VP of football,, Tom Coughlin, late in the 2019 season.

The belief from many fans, who post online or call Jacksonville sports radio, etc., is that there’s going to be more of the same of losing in 2020. And then, the owner threatening to move more games every year to London, while still being based in Jacksonville.

For now, the NFL is willing to allow Khan to play more games in the U.K., while being based in Jacksonville.

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