Bucs blow out Jags as Nick Foles is benched for Gardner Minshew

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The Buccaneers turned in a strong performance today in Jacksonville, and the Jaguars now have a decision to make about their starting quarterback.

In a game between two teams that are likely out of playoff contention, the most interesting question going forward will be whether Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew is the Jaguars’ starting quarterback.

Foles started today but was miserable as the Buccaneers jumped out to a 25-0 halftime lead. Minshew took Foles’ place in the second half and played better, and the Jaguars looked like they might make a game of it. But the lead proved to be insurmountable, and the Buccaneers won 28-11.

Foles was miserable, completing 7-of-14 passes for 93 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, and taking three sacks while losing two fumbles. Minshew wasn’t great, but he had better numbers, completing 15 of 26 passes for 141 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

Jameis Winston had a solid game for the Buccaneers, completing 21 of 33 passes for 268 yards, and most importantly not throwing an interception (Winston did lose a fumble). The Bucs are 5-7 and highly unlikely to make the playoffs, but if Winston can play well over the final four weeks of the season, he may prove himself worthy of being the Bucs’ starting quarterback going forward.

For the Jaguars, who at 4-8 are going nowhere, there’s a big question going forward at the quarterback position as well. Signing Foles looks like a big mistake, but drafting Minshew looks like a canny move. We’ll see what happens in Jacksonville over the season’s final four weeks.

22 responses to “Bucs blow out Jags as Nick Foles is benched for Gardner Minshew

  1. Impossible, Nick Foles is Montana, Brady, and Otto Graham rolled into one. The eagles should have signed him. He looks great.

  2. There are just too many losers on that team. Most of the players don’t seem like they care if they win or lose. Minshew at least lit a fire under the team and they were all set to get back within one score when Westbrook didn’t catch that pass and it was deflected and intercepted. He didn’t seem to care…”Oh well”. They need to gut that roster and get rid of losers like that who don’t care about winning.

  3. to all the Jags fans,

    We know the feeling of having your own QB help the other team score several points and end up beating you… We have lived it so many times like the movie groundhog day… At least you have hope with Minchew.. the Bucs have 0 qb!

    Bucs fans everywhere

  4. I don’t know why you keep writing this if Winston is their starter story line every week. They have a top 3 scoring offense in football. Few coaches are going to switch the trigger man out for that kind of offense. They’ll just continue to work on the turnovers.

  5. At the end of the day, Minshew will wind up being a poor man’s Nick Foles. Jags still need a QB….Minshew will be a good back-up for quite a while. And please, dont tell me that Brady was also drafted in the 6th.

  6. Foles will return to the Eagles next year as their backup (with Jacksonville paying most of his salary). I don’t know how the financial details will be worked out but you can bet that any trade between the two teams will be heavily weighted in the Eagles favor to take Foles off their hands. For some reason, Philly seems to be the only place where Foles can thrive.

  7. Winston is in a contract year. The Bucs will break him off. Foles was never the answer and was/is a waste of money. He got his though.

  8. In 2016, Shad fired Gus Bradley with a few weeks left in the season because he knew he wasn’t bringing him back and doing it then would allow him to spend time with his family. Well it’s time to have the same compassion on Marrone.

  9. Eagles fans can STOP with the whole “We kept the wrong QB talk”. Go look at Foles career stats. He had one huge year in Philly 5-6 years ago and a great run in the postseason a couple years ago. Other than that, he is simply an average QB, a very rich one…

  10. torgow says:
    December 1, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    A guy had a bad game. That means he was never good.

    _ Internet People

    Foles is a great QB who had a bad game.

    -People who only watched Foles in the playoffs two years ago and don’t realize that he’s been mostly terrible his entire career.

    For goodness sake, the guy was on his way out of football until Andy Reid pulled him off the scrap heap and offered him the backup job in KC in 2016.

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