Blake Bortles is back, baby

AP

The benching didn’t last for long.

The Jaguars have announced that starting quarterback Blake Bortles will start Sunday’s game in London against the Eagles.

Coach Doug Marrone issued a statement announcing the decision: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s starting quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”

Of course, Bortles being the “starting quarterback” doesn’t mean he’ll be the finishing quarterback. Maybe Bortles will be yanked as needed, if/when he’s not getting it done.

Or maybe Marrone will reserve the right to go back and forth, with a more up-tempo offense employed with Cody Kessler in the game and a more deliberate, run-based attack with Bortles in the game. Eleven years ago, the Cardinals tried a two-quarterback system, periodically pulling Matt Leinart for Kurt Warner and then re-inserting Leinart, until Leinart suffered a broken collarbone.

Whatever the decision at quarterback, the issues in Jacksonville run deeper than the most important position on the field. But it’s still the most important position on the field, and the Jaguars currently need improved play there, whether it’s from Bortles, Kessler, or someone else.

42 responses to “Blake Bortles is back, baby

  1. “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s starting quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”

    Unfortunately he also gives the other team the best opportunity to win too because he’s so terrible.

  2. The Jags will be fine, they won the September 16th Super Bowl and are just playing with house money at this point.

  3. If Fournette is not back, it won’t matter who starts. Linder and Norwell are both injured, along with their bellcow, and considering how run based their offense is, neither quarterback has a decent chance at having a good game. Bortles played great last year against the toughest part of their schedule, but he’ll have a hard time reproducing that if the defense doesn’t get its act together and if the offense cannot find a ground game for him to rely on.

  4. They decided that putting Bortles back as the starter gives them the best chance to get the #1 pick next year.

  5. Last summer when the Pats and Jags had joint practice during training camp, there was one tool in the crowd (of over 15K Pats fans) that kept shouting “DUUUVAL!!!” every time Bortles completed a pass (or Jags made a good tackle). It still cracks me up thinking of this guy standing up and yelling that at the top of his lungs in a huge crowd of Pats fans.

  6. Well obviously Cody Kessler is not a legitimate option, either, and of course you don’t change Qbs on London week when the routine is disrupted.

    The bottom line is they don’t have a legit NFL QB on the roster, which is inexcusable considering the availability of QBs this offseason. And paydays are due for the defense in 2019.

    It’s over. They blew their chance. And they did it by betting everything on Blake Bortles when literally nobody else on the entire planet thought that was an option. It’s not Bortles fault for being Bortles. We all knew who he was. So did everybody else.

    He had 87 yards in a 53f home playoff game…

  7. Every roster has flaws. Even teams with SB aspirations. It’s an acceptable weakness to lack depth at linebacker (NE), or to lack depth at WR (PHI), or to lack depth at safety (KC), or TE (LAR).

    It’s not an acceptable weakness to go into a season without a real NFL QB on the roster.

  8. Do the Jags have a 1st rounder next year? If so, call Gruden and offer it up for Carr. Frankly that trade would be worth at least 2 more wins this season and probably 3 or 4 next.

  9. Blake Bortles, I hope you can play the role of Matador(in addition to playing the role of QB) on Sunday..because your offensive line is about to Ole`…!!!

  10. This team is looking like the Siemian/Keenum Broncos without the SB win. All talk from the D and nothing to show for it.

  11. struckgold49er says:
    October 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    Blake Bortles, I hope you can play the role of Matador(in addition to playing the role of QB) on Sunday..because your offensive line is about to Ole`…!!!

    Yeah, they have ignored that offensive line for about four years now. They finally drafted a good one last year but he’s now out for the year. They also went after Andrew Norwell. The problem is they still have rejects at all the four other spots (now that Cam Robinson is out). I know they liked that DL in the first round but they probably should have taken an OL and gotten another DL next year. The DL pick was a luxury pick while they needed to take a “need” pick.

    That being said, Cleveland’s OL is also terrible but Mayfield shows he’s a much better (and smarter) QB than Bortles. I’d hate to play on their defense when you know the offense is just going to go out and run three plays then punt–unless Bortles turns the ball over before they even get a chance to punt. Yet every year Bortles talks about how hard he supposedly works in the off-season. He must be talking about playing Madden or something becuase he’s gotten worse and worse and the Jags are stuck with that PoS now. It’s their own fault. Every person on the planet knew he was a PoS…except the Jags.

  12. The Jaguars should have learned from the Texans. When the Texans realized they made a mistake signing Brock Osweiler, they quickly moved on from him and drafted their QB of the future. The Jaguars are sticking with Blake Bum when everyone can see he is not the answer. They could have drafted a QB or gone after Cousins or Alex Smith or Bridgewater last offseason. Now they are imploding.

  13. “the Cardinals tried a two-quarterback system, ”
    ******************************

    Haha, ask any decent HC about this and they’ll say “if you have 2 QB’s, then you actually have 0 QB’s”

    You see if you have 2, then 1 isn’t better than the other – so they’re both average at best. Teams have a starting QB and a backup for a reason.

  14. Bortles has been horrible but they made it to the AFC Championship and almost beat the Pasties to get to the Super Bowl… with BORTLES.
    Oline has been decimated…Focal point of offensive scheme Fournette been out for weeks…starting WR Marquise Lee done for year…starting Tight End out for year..all of that exposes Bortles flaws.
    He DOES need a good cast around him and it’s not there.. WR dropping balls left and right…we are just not a good team and he’s not good enough to carry them – very few qb’s in the league are good enough to carry a team – let alone an injury filled one.

  15. “Bortles has been horrible but they made it to the AFC Championship and almost beat the Pasties to get to the Super Bowl… with BORTLES.”

    Anybody should be able to get a hot streak going at the right time at least once in their life. Chance of it happening again with Bortles? Not so much

  16. INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…or…giving the starting job back to Blake Bortles. This is why teams no longer fear them.

  17. The team survives on Fournette. Bortles is exposed without a running game because they aren’t scared of him throwing. I’m pretty sure Vince Young is still available, he would seriously be a better option than Bortles at 35 years old. Convince David Garrard out of retirement. Sign Kaepernick (this is where I get rated down because of Muh Protest & Muh Navy Town).

    While I’m half joking about those, I’m not joking about how I find it completely mind boggling how NFL coaches will do their hardest to stubbornly stick by a decision that clearly isn’t working.

  18. jagsfan1 says:
    October 22, 2018 at 6:48 pm
    Bortles has been horrible but they made it to the AFC Championship and almost beat the Pasties to get to the Super Bowl… with BORTLES.
    Oline has been decimated…Focal point of offensive scheme Fournette been out for weeks…starting WR Marquise Lee done for year…starting Tight End out for year..all of that exposes Bortles flaws.
    He DOES need a good cast around him and it’s not there.. WR dropping balls left and right…we are just not a good team and he’s not good enough to carry them – very few qb’s in the league are good enough to carry a team – let alone an injury filled one.

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    This is the mentality that separates mediocre franchises from great ones.

    With a real QB that your coach isn’t terrified of, you DO beat the Patriots and you ARE in Super Bowl. You had the opportunity right in front of you and the teams’ justified lack of faith in Bortles stopped you from getting there.

    Yet your terrified to take a chance and make a change because you get there so rarely, and not that timidness will prevent you from getting close again, probably for a long time.

    The Broncos inexplicably made the playoffs with Tim Tebow playing QB, but they were smart enough to realize that coming up with a game plan every week to hide their bad QB was not a winning formula and got rid of him.

    That’s what the Jags should have done, but they didn’t and now they’re stuck.

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