A.J. Bouye: Blake Bortles deserves credit, not blame

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Blake Bortles threw two touchdowns and five interceptions in the Jaguars’ final two regular-season games, both losses. Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye handed the quarterback a book to read before the playoffs: “Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable” by Tim S. Grover, Michael Jordan’s former trainer.

“It’s just talking about mindset as far as like getting in a zone, tuning out the noise, channeling your dark side to get in your zone,” Bouye said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN. “It’s really good. It helps in sports and just in life in general.”

Bortles got at least some of his assignment done.

““He just came up to me [and] he smiled. He’s like, ‘Dark side,’” Bouye said. “. . . We were talking about it every time we walk by, and you just saw his confidence getting higher and higher. Just what he did against [Tom] Brady last game, it was amazing. He really kept us in the game, and I wish that we would have finished it for him.”

While everyone waits to see what the team will do at quarterback this offseason, Bouye defended his teammate. In three postseason games, Bortles threw for 594 yards, three touchdowns and a 91.0 passer rating.

“He finished strong,” Bouye said. “That’s all I’m going to say. It’s a lot of factors that go into it. We can’t just blame it on one person.

“At the end of the day, defense had to show up, too, and we didn’t. If we would have won that game, what would y’all say then?”

16 responses to “A.J. Bouye: Blake Bortles deserves credit, not blame

  1. There is a reason that his teammates back him up so much. Classy guy who will be successful in the NFL.

    #thetrashmancometh

  2. Bortles did play well, but the bigger issue is that the Jaguars can’t be very diverse on offense because of his limited skill set. You need a gameplan that involves a lot of runs, play actions, and screens.

    Don’t dislike Bortles, but with that stacked team, the Jags will have their pick of a few free agent QBs.

  3. for all my fellow Pats fans who were trashing on this guy because of his “immaturity” – this interview plus his post-game statement to reporters should be the retort you need to realize that Jalen has a good head on his shoulders.

    young? yes. brazen? yes. immature idiot? no.

  4. In NE we are giving him plenty of credit. He played one hell of a great game up here. And without a crazy amazing defensive play by Gilmore to swat away a pass that was perfectly thrown, he was about to stick a knife in us to end our sason. It was that close.

    Respect.

  5. As a Patriots fan, I don’t think Bortles bears any blame for the loss. It was the terrible and timid play calling and the stubborn refusal to let Bortles make the plays they needed to win the game that cost them. Taking a knee with 55 seconds and two timeouts at the end of the first half, running the ball every single down when pinned deep in Patriots territory in the second half, if anyone should be blamed it is Doug Marrone and/or his offensive coordinator.

  6. Blake stepped up and his future is bright. Bouye is a stand-up guy. The defense even admitted playing timid in the 2nd half didn’t help them. Did they not learn from Atlanta’s mistakes?

  7. That loss was on Marrone and his staff, not Bortles. Bortles played a solid game in the AFC Championship. It was the scared Jags coaching staff that killed them. Kneeling with 50 seconds left and 2 time outs? Ridiculous. The Pats had a leaky defense all year and with the way Bortles was playing that day, he might have been able to move them into FG range and pad the lead.

  8. Bouye should get an NFL Rulebook for himself, and read the part about pass interference. Then he’d know he can’t ride a guy oob with the ball on the air.

  9. The only people who are giving Bortles credit are Brady fan boys who think playing against lousy QB’s diminishes Brady’s legacy. But Bortles 4th quarter stats in the AFCC game speak for themselves

    Three plays, 9 yards, punt
    Five plays, 22 yards, punt
    Three plays, -1 yard, punt
    Six plays, 32 yards, turnover on downs

    That includes a turnover from defense that Bortles couldn’t cash in. Bottom line is he is not a franchise QB.

  10. The only people who are giving Bortles credit are Brady fan boys who think playing against lousy QB’s diminishes Brady’s legacy. But Bortles 4th quarter stats in the AFCC game speak for themselves

    Three plays, 9 yards, punt
    Five plays, 22 yards, punt
    Three plays, -1 yard, punt
    Six plays, 32 yards, turnover on downs

    That includes a turnover from defense that Bortles couldn’t cash in. Bottom line is he is not a franchise QB.
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    So you’re blaming Bortles for the endless run up the middle play calls that resulted in 1 yard gains? You realize that the coaching staff calls the plays, right? This loss was squarely on the Jags coaching staff. Not Bortles, not the officials.

  11. stairwayto7 says:

    January 25, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Pitt exposed Bouye! There we at least 3 times he was holding and never called and Brown torched him!
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    If you call getting beat three times by the best receiver in the league “exposed” then I guess he got exposed. There’s another term for holding the most dynamic offense in the league to a lower score than your own. Its called winning.

  12. If we had won they would say “Won in spite of…”
    Bortles is far from the top when it comes to QBs in the NFL. But he’s worked hard at making sure he is no longer at the bottom, imo.
    Certainly no where near the 70th best ranking Simms gave him.

    Dude is a top 20 NFL starter.
    So unless the Jags have a sure-fire better replacement (Smith via trade, Cousins or Brees via free agency), they better hang on to Bortles.

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