Blake Bortles has “no idea” if he will start next week

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Blake Bortles kept his job after five turnovers in a loss to the Chiefs two weeks ago. He kept his job after a turnover in a loss to the Cowboys last week. He might have lost his job after two turnovers in less than three full quarters in a loss to the Texans on Sunday.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said the position is “open” before adding “everything’s open” after the team’s third consecutive loss and fourth in five games.

Bortles has “no idea” whether he will keep his starting job. He has started the past 67 games for Jacksonville, dating to Week Three of his rookie season.

“I’ll do the same thing I’ve always done — show up, work, prepare and get ready to go and work as hard as I can,” Bortles told reporters afterward. “If I play, I play. If not, then I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.”

The Chiefs, Cowboys and Texans outscored the Jaguars 57-0 in the first half the past three weeks and 90-28 overall.

Marrone yanked Bortles after the quarterback’s second lost fumble of the day, with the Jaguars trailing 20-0 early in the third quarter. Marrone said Bortles was “pissed” at being pulled.

“It’s obviously not what you want to hear as a quarterback,” Bortles said. “Those aren’t the words you want the head coach to say to you. I was fortunate enough to watch Chad Henne go through that same thing and me be the guy that went in and played. I think he handled it with the utmost professionalism and that is what I tried to do. I tried to be there for Cody [Kessler]. Be there for the guys in any way.”

Bortles ran for 30 yards on six carries and completed 6 of 12 passes for 61 yards. Kessler went 21-of-30 for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“We’ve lost three straight games, and we can’t stop shooting ourselves in the foot for lack of a better expression,” Marrone said. “. . . We’ve got to do something, but the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over. Period. That would be the positive of how we can build.”

32 responses to “Blake Bortles has “no idea” if he will start next week

  1. Should be holding a clipboard for Conner Cook after he’s thrown into the deal last minute. #Carrtothejags

    Carolina’s 3rd stringer is your ideal match? Or do you think he’s still with Oakland?

  2. Going back to Bottles is an admission that the season (and Marrone’s tenure with it?) is over.

  3. If he’s cut after this season, he’ll have earned $45 million.
    Not bad for a bust QB.

    Hey – imagine if the Jags hadn’t picked up his 5th year option and gone with Teddy Bridgewater for say $5MM with 10-15MM in incentives. save a lot of money and probably get better performance.

  4. Started 67 games, threw 72 interceptions and fumbled 43 times. And they just gave this dude a new contract. Yep, that really happened.

  5. indiapalealeblog says:
    October 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    If he’s cut after this season, he’ll have earned $45 million.
    Not bad for a bust QB.

    Hey – imagine if the Jags hadn’t picked up his 5th year option and gone with Teddy Bridgewater for say $5MM with 10-15MM in incentives. save a lot of money and probably get better performance.

    ——————

    Teddy Bridgewater? Lol!!

  6. Jaguars dynasty has ended before it even began. Well they won their SB in week one vs the Pats, too bad they forgot there are 15 other games to the season.

  7. lol at all these salty pats fans, 3 weeks in a row and still saying the same thing “I guess the super bowl hangover is real”

    You’d think a successful franchise like that would be able to move past Bortles handing them the L. It was only one game, just move on already

  8. 0hreallytellmemore says:
    October 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm
    lol at all these salty pats fans, 3 weeks in a row and still saying the same thing “I guess the super bowl hangover is real”

    You’d think a successful franchise like that would be able to move past Bortles handing them the L. It was only one game, just move on already

    It’s all in fun. RELAX.

  9. Jags fans have “no idea” why their team entered the year with only Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler at the most important position in sports while they chased their supposedly legitimate Super Bowl hopes.

  10. The Jags “braintrust” decided to stick with Bortles. They’ve wasted a Super Bowl caliber defense by keeping a junior college level QB.

    Time for a new QB and a new braintrust.

  11. That vaunted 2014 QB class…Bortles, benched, Carr, paid but plays like trash, Manziel, CFL, Bridgewater, a backup, Garoppolo, over-hyped and hurt. The later round guys are where they should be for now as backups or on practice squads.

  12. I don’t care how good of a defense you’ve built. If you have Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler as your quarterbacks the season after being minutes away from the Super Bowl, you have failed as a GM. Alex Smith, Keenum, Cousins, Bradford all change teams, and you extend Bortles? You pass on QBs like Mahomes and Watson to take Fournette 4th overall?

    Jags:. Fire your management before you are stuck rebuilding again. They are not competent.

  13. Kessler has a limited skill set but hes gritty. He kept the Browns in alot of games the season they went 1-15, I think he started their lone win and the Browns were close to a win with Kessler during their 0-16 season but opted to stick with Kizer for some reason. Bortles is built differently but a horrible passer, he is holding the offense back. Kessler may not win be able to carry a team but he may be an improvement over Bortles who had a nice stretch to start the year but is clearly holding back the offense. I would probably give Kessler a shot now instead of later only because he has some NFL experience and did not look that bad when he did play with an awful team.

  14. It’s amazing hoe the tide has turned with the opinion on Bortles. Last year when a few of us with eyes and logic stated that the Jags should move on from Bortles so they wouldn’t waste a top flight defense we were soundly shouted down because the Jags were brilliant for passing on the upcoming free agents who would command $25million plus a year while Bortles would command at least $3 million or so less. That’s cap money saved!!

    Great. And now they are in exactly the position we knew they’d be in which is imagining where they’d be if they had a competent QB. To have games where you’re down 7 to 10 points and you have to concede the game because “this team isn’t capable of playing catch up” is a joke. Has ghe defense been perfect recently? No. But how soul crushing it must be to keep your intensity up knowing the game is likely lost because you dared to get down by a touchdown and you know your QB is hopeless.

    Move on Jags while there’s a little bit of window still open with that defense.

  15. section338 says:
    October 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Coughlin’s on the phone trying to get Eli.
    ——————-

    Yeah, that’s the answer.

  16. Jags are going to mess this up. Their window is going to close. Should really trade for Carr and try to win a SB now before they have to start shelling out for their Defensive Players.

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