Jaguars will stick with Blake Bortles

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The Jaguars didn’t have much interest in having Blake Bortles throw the ball during Sunday’s game against the Steelers, but they aren’t making a quarterback change.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said on Monday that Bortles will start against the Bills in Week 12.

Bortles attempted only 18 passes while getting sacked six times and running twice in Sunday’s 20-16 loss to Pittsburgh. The Jaguars were up 16-0 in that game, but went three-and-out four times after the Steelers got on the board late in the third quarter. The last of those drives ended when the Steelers stopped running back Leonard Fournette on a third-and-five run from their own 30-yard-line after the two-minute warning.

Those 18 attempts and the 104 passing yards they generated were both season lows for Bortles, who was benched in Week Seven but has otherwise remained a part of the first team this season.

Cody Kessler and Landry Jones are the other quarterbacks on the Jaguars roster.

36 responses to “Jaguars will stick with Blake Bortles

  1. This game reminded me of when the Steelers defense would carry Big Ben on its back and hand him a 13-9 win and everyone would rave about how “clutch” Big Ben was. In this day and age in the NFL with ALL the rules favoring the offense 20 is the new 13

  2. Why bother changing at this point? Neither backup is the solution.
    Bortles did not turn the ball over yesterday. Unless he was changing pass plays to runs on third down, it’s really not his fault the offense stalled.

  3. Blame the coach, he is a quarterback killer. He does not play to Bortles strengths.

    his strengths? what are those?

  4. The Jags defense has the most talent of any defense in the entire NFL. Unfortunately, football is a team not “ME” sport. It doesn’t appear they are capable of becoming a team.

  5. Landry Jones would win out with that team…but the Jags have Bortles contract around their neck.

  6. 3 guarantees in life:
    Sun rises, Sun sets, and Leonard Fournette rushes for 3ish yards a carry.

  7. Playing QB in the NFL at a high level is very difficult. If it were easy, they wouldn’t pay $25 million a year for the good ones. Blake Bortles has all the physical tools and leadership skills to be a great QB. Like the vast majority of young QB’s, it’s taking Bortles a few years to master the position. Last year he seemed to finally be coming into his own and he led his team to the AFC Championship game. He wasn’t just along for the ride. He was playing outstanding. But when they had a chance to put the Patriots away, the coach refused to put the ball in Bortles’ hands, and he allowed the Pats to come back. He also destroyed the confidence of Bortles by basically telling him that he wasn’t good enough. It made me sick at the time, and now we’re seeing the repercussions.

  8. Chad504boy says:
    November 19, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    3 guarantees in life:
    Sun rises, Sun sets, and Leonard Fournette rushes for 3ish yards a carry.
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    With zero threat of a passing game, and defenses selling out to stop the run, of course Fournette can’t get anywhere

  9. Kessler is what this team needs. They have a good running game, they just need Kessler With his accuracy to hit the short 5-10 yard passes that keep the chains moving. Pittsburgh knew they could load the box to shut down the run, because everyone (even us fans watching on tv) knew that they have no confidence in Blake. If a coach is so stubborn that he won’t make a QB change, then live with the decision, put the team on his shoulders, and let the QB play to win the game. The Jags lost that game because the coaching staff.

  10. If he was getting sacked 1 out of every 3 pass attempts then that’s as much or more on terrible Oline play as it is on Bortles.

  11. If you watched the game from beginning to end you could see the last thing they wanted to do was put the game in Bortles hand. Tomlin even said at halftime, “they can’t pass it against us, all we have to do is stop the run.” They did, the offense put up points and that was it for the arrogant Jags.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Nice phantom penalty to help Pitt, late. Classic Goodell trying to get playoff teams higher seeded over NE.
    ===========================

    If you’re referring to Switzer getting help with taking off his helmet in the endzone… Ok… I see you.

  13. harrisonhits2 says:
    November 19, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    If he was getting sacked 1 out of every 3 pass attempts then that’s as much or more on terrible Oline play as it is on Bortles.
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    Did you watch the game? Bortles was holding on the the ball WAY too long and lacked the ability to feel pressure and move around the pocket.

    He’s just not an NFL caliber QB.

  14. Fist off, why teams play man against Pgh I have no idea. You play cover 2 all day long and make Ben throw into windows rather than just putting it up for his great athletes to grab in one on one. Don’t get me wrong, those throws were perfect.

  15. At this point it’s a toss up on who’s worse, Brock Osweiler or Blake Bottles. The Jaguars should have drafted a QB instead of wasting another year of great defense.

  16. Steeler fan who attended game. Jags would have won the game if the coach would have just faked a handoffs a few times, and let Bortles roll out with run/pass option. I was impressed with Jags defense and their offensive line. Yes, the Steeler defense dominated the second half outside of the one drive, but just one or two more first downs, the Steelers go down. I put it on Jags coaches, not Bortles. Pitt had 3 turnovers AT Jacksonville, Jags had none. Connor had 25 yds rushing. Pathetic coaching.

  17. “You play cover 2 all day long and make Ben throw into windows rather than just putting it up for his great athletes to grab in one on one. Don’t get me wrong, those throws were perfect.”

    If you play cover two all day long, you are going to get gashed. With the talent the Jags had, they can run man against the Steelers. Few other teams have the quality DBs to cover Brown and Juju.

  18. redlikethepig says:
    November 19, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    Coughlin turning them into a southern version of the Giants team he ruined.

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    The Giants won two SBs in the last decade. How many has your team won?

  19. The Jaguars should of traded up for a QB in last years draft, they are going to be nothing more than a fringe playoff contender until they finally admit to themselves Bortles isnt the answer and decide to draft or sign a guy to replace him. Bortles suck, the sooner they realize that the better.

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