Gardner Minshew on tanking: Not going to let that crap happen

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The already low expectations for the 2020 Jaguars season may have dipped even lower over the last week when the team traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and safety Ronnie Harrison while also cutting running back Leonard Fournette.

Both trades added to a sizable surplus of draft picks next season and the continuing teardown of the roster has led some to suggest that the team is tanking this season in order to position themselves for the future. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone pushed back at that notion this week and quarterback Gardner Minshew did the same on Thursday.

“I think people see it from afar and see, ‘Oh they’re losing their biggest names.’ But that’s not how we feel,” Minshew said, via WJXT. “And I mean, realistically, I know if we’re tanking, coach Marrone, Dave Caldwell and [I] are probably going to be out of jobs. So I know us three and a lot of those other guys in the locker room are not going to let that crap happen. So I feel very confidently in everybody’s desire to win and that’s absolutely not anything that we envision happening.”

Minshew’s probably not wrong about what totally bottoming out would mean for many futures, so there’s little reason to think the team won’t be trying hard once the season starts. That said, an underpowered roster may still result in the bad results that tanking would bring to Jacksonville.

11 responses to “Gardner Minshew on tanking: Not going to let that crap happen

  1. It sure looked like Doug Marrone tanked in the championship game a couple years ago, so he has experience with it. Watch the 4th quarter of that game and tell me what you think. Don’t even say anything until you watch a tape of that game. That looked like tanking. If he wasn’t tanking, he’s the worst coach I’ve ever seen. By far.

  2. I am pretty sure most players on the bottom 5 teams last year thought the same thing. Unless you are a franchise QB who can put the team on your back, the Jags are a bottom 5 team.

    I would bet money that the Jags are in contention for the #1 overall pick in december.

  3. It sure looked like Doug Marrone tanked in the championship game a couple years ago, so he has experience with it. Watch the 4th quarter of that game and tell me what you think. Don’t even say anything until you watch a tape of that game. That looked like tanking. If he wasn’t tanking, he’s the worst coach I’ve ever seen. By far.
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    Why on earth would any team throw a championshiop game in the 4th qtr? What possible benefit would arise? Picking 1-2 spots sooner by not going to the super bowl?

  4. Minshew quietly had a better season last year passing than ROY Kyler Murray, was second to Jones in TD passes for rookie QB. Clearly the Jags are dismantling everything, going to tank this season. Minshew seems like a well liked guy on that team so hopefully the Jags do right by him and if they are tanking for a QB, give Minshew an opportunity elsewhere next year.

  5. Fournette threw Minshew under the bus earlier this year by saying Jags needed to sign Cam Newton. Pretty sure he’s not too upset that Fournette got cut.

  6. Tanking makes no sense for any team. It just gets everybody fired & players cut or affects their future free agency money. How does it benefit the coach or players that tanked? The answer is that it doesn’t.

  7. Jason Harshman says:
    September 4, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Minshew quietly had a better season last year passing than ROY Kyler Murray, was second to Jones in TD passes for rookie QB. Clearly the Jags are dismantling everything, going to tank this season. Minshew seems like a well liked guy on that team so hopefully the Jags do right by him and if they are tanking for a QB, give Minshew an opportunity elsewhere next year
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    At first, Minshew was very good but by the end of season defenses had adjusted & he was pretty terrible. That is why Fournette was saying what he said.

  8. As a Jags fan it pains me to say it but I hope they are 1-15 and the entire Front Office as well Marrone and DC Wash get fired. The team is never going to go anywhere with GM Dave Caldwell “building” the team.

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