Marrone on benching Bortles: I was trying for a damn spark

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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone benched quarterback Blake Bortles during Sunday’s loss to the Texans and he said after the game that he would have liked to bench a bunch of other players as well.

Marrone was asked to explain his thought process for replacing Bortles with Cody Kessler in the third quarter of the game. Marrone responded by saying that he would have replaced everyone on the field if that was possible and that he chose to pull Bortles, who was 6-of-12 for 51 yards and lost two fumbles, in hopes that it would give his team some life.

“Thought process was you can take all 11 out, you don’t have enough people to put in,” Marrone said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. “Thought process: ‘Hey listen, I’m going to take the quarterback out.’ Not like he had he played worse anyone out there. He had two fumbles. I just literally did it to try and get a damn spark from this football team to put everyone on notice. They have to focus and go out there and play better. At points in second half they did it. That’s not fair to the QB, but that’s how the business is … Questions will be who is your starting QB next week, focus will be on that. For me, it is on everyone.”

The Jaguars scored their only points with Kessler in the game, but the only real sparks for Jacksonville came in the locker room after the game. That will be something else for Marrone to deal with in addition to picking a quarterback as the team prepares to face the Eagles in a battle of 3-4 teams in London next Sunday.

33 responses to “Marrone on benching Bortles: I was trying for a damn spark

  1. Blake cannot be trusted to win them any games. Everyone goes to his last year’s performance against a bad Steelers defense in the playoffs. But forget they hid him by trying to protect the lead against the Patriots. They were running Fournette into a 9 man box so Bortles would not have to pass the ball and lose them the game. Funny thing….they lost anyway.

  2. On one hand, I think the coach is basically saying do your dam job or someone else will. On the other hand, that could cause a big riff in the locker room…

  3. A spark….from Cody Kessler. A spark from the guy who 0-8 as the 4th QB on a 1-15 team the last time he got any playing time.

    That’s a Super Bowl defense, but they don’t have an NFL QB on the roster. Not a starter, and not a legit backup. Any semi-competent veteran backup makes them instant SB contenders and they went into the season with Bortles and Kessler as the only QBs on the roster. Tyrod Taylor, Teddy Bridgewater, even Colt McCoy could probably sleepwalk this roster to 13-3.

    Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler. Seriously…

  4. Thought process was you can take all 11 out, you don’t have enough people to put in.One of the best quips i heard since john mckay!

  5. You cant blame him for it. He had to try something. But whomever decided to make Bortles THE starting QB with that contract this past off season made a huge mistake. I like Bortles, cool dude. But he is NOT going to ever be a consistent winning QB. Hes had plenty of time and he continues to be a different QB from week to week. The Jags better get a QB soon because their window isnt very big.

  6. Get used to it Jacksonville. This is what Denver fans have gotten used to for years. Champion caliber defense without the offense to back it up. It rips a team apart.

  7. Losing Robinson at LT hurt. Wins (or losses) versus New England do seem to leave teams with hangovers. Team success last year was based on pounding the run which was powerful and made Bortles look better than he was.

    Fournette and whatever he has going on definitely doesn’t help

    Worst of all–way too much talking from the outset. Tom Coughlin detests it.
    Serviceable QB, like Josh McCown, could make them much better and salvage their season and could enable them to legitimately compete for playoff spot this year if Fournette comes back to who he was.
    Nowhere to go but up and everyone has now written them off. If they can keep locker room together (despite arguments after todays game) there is enough there to fix it.

  8. orivar says:
    October 21, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    Jaguars had a chance to sign Kaepernick…
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    There’s out of touch and then there’s clueless. You may not understand the Jags market but their owner does. Jacksonville is a Navy town

  9. I didn’t know sticking with Bortles would backfire like this. The guy played like a god against the Patriots twice in a row…they should have gone for Kirk Cousins, he will take the Vikings over the top IMO.

  10. Kessler is a good QB. Unfortunately he was on a team without talent in Cleveland, but let’s really address how arrogant this organization got over the year. That vaunted defense got full of themselves and now they’re scuffling. The football gods always get their offering in the end.

  11. grant35 says:
    October 21, 2018 at 7:29 pm
    Bortles is the reincarnation of Kyle Boller

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    The major difference being that after 3 seasons of Boller, the Ravens a) drafted Troy Smith, b) traded for Steve McNair, c) drafted Joe Flacco, and d) had the good sense to let Boller walk after his rookie contract expired.

    Jax has hitched their wagon to Bortles and given themselves no other options.

  12. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:29 pm
    orivar says:
    October 21, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    Jaguars had a chance to sign Kaepernick…
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    There’s out of touch and then there’s clueless. You may not understand the Jags market but their owner does. Jacksonville is a Navy town

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    And it’s also about to be a non-winning town again. IT’s been proven time and time again that sports fans primarily only care about being entertained and winning. Pick your poison.

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