Gardner Minshew taking the Hernán Cortés  approach to fight for QB job

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Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has come up with another interesting take on his view of the quarterback depth chart in Jacksonville.

Minshew said last month that he hasn’t “taken a s–t in weeks” because “number two isn’t an option for me.” After taking Trevor Lawrence first overall, it’s certainly the leading option in the minds of everyone but Minshew if he’s still in Jacksonville for Week 1 but he made it clear again on Friday that he isn’t mentally settling for the backup job.

He did so by becoming the first NFL player in memory to reference Hernán Cortés’ landing in Mexico in 1519.

“I think any time you go into anything thinking that losing or second best is an option, most of the time that’s what you’re going to get,” Minshew said, via Michael DiRocco of “That’s like when Cortés landed in Veracruz with 600 dudes trying to take the Aztec Empire. You know what he said? He said, ‘Burn the boats.’ He said, ‘We’re going back on their boats.’ That’s kind of a mindset that stuck with me pretty much since I heard that story.”

Cortés wound up toppling the Aztecs over the next few years. Minshew toppling Lawrence wouldn’t have the same geopolitical ramifications, but it would be a bigger upset.

23 responses to “Gardner Minshew taking the Hernán Cortés  approach to fight for QB job

  1. How much you want to bet he was quoting Hunt for the Red October? (i.e. the only reason that I know about Cortez burning his boats.)

  2. In a time when injury and/or COVID can wreck a season, it’s probably smart for the Jags to hang on to him for now. But it would be a shame for him to not get a chance to start again. A team without a first-round rookie QB should snap him up in a heartbeat.

  3. tirdbirgler says:
    August 6, 2021 at 5:25 pm
    Who does Number 2 work for?

    Worked out great for clipboard Jesus, Charlie Whitehurst.

  4. When Cortez landed the natives were already impacted by Small Pox.
    Minshew can win the job if his competition gets Delta.

  5. All the other tribes in Mexico helped Cortes because the Aztecs were so brutally oppressing them.

    All the other NFL teams would help Minshew get the job if they could.

  6. This guy is toxic to Trevor Lawrence’s development and needs to be traded to a QB needy team.

  7. roughingthepasser says:
    August 6, 2021 at 6:13 pm
    When Cortez landed the natives were already impacted by Small Pox
    Cortes brought small pox with him when he landed in what is now Mexico, it was unknown to the natives until then.
    Not sure why anyone would wants to deliberately mislead about this, but we’ve already got enough intentional BS in the world today, lets not add more.

  8. “Apparently PFT harbors some fans of colonial imperialism. That’s nice.”

    You were absolutely, undeniably taught with the precursor to critical race theory that you claim isn’t and wasn’t here for the past 30 years.

  9. Minshew is a good NFL starting QB. Hopefully he gets an opportunity somewhere. He’s better than at least half the starting QB’s. Of course, the opportunities generally go hand in hand with where you were drafted and what a team has invested.

  10. Minshew may not be a so-called “Franchise QB” but I’d easily take him over some others starters in the NFL. Unfortunately he needs to have some skilled players around him to be at his best. Unfortunately the Jags roster was pretty terrible and now he sits in the worse position possible…being the previous starter on a team that just selected the best college QB in the nation.

    Best thing for him would be a trade where he could honestly compete to be the starter. It’s too bad the Colts are in the same division as the Jags because he’d be a great fit on that team and even after Wentz returns he could easily compete to be the starter there. Pittsburg would also be a good spot for him to land. Ben’s on the tail end of his career and Minshew would be able to honestly compete there too.

  11. Minshew has looked good so far this year at practice and has run some with the 1st team. Lawrence has looked better though from what people have said that covers the team daily

  12. trevor123698, the only absolutely undeniable here is, that you have no idea whatsoever what my education is, or what its precursors were. That you ascribe some claim as to the last 30 years is again, speculation coupled with pure pure projection. It would be much appreciated if you would apply some of the rent I have occupied in your head to some worthy soul.

  13. Love his attitude and fire. He does not have the raw talent that Trevor does, but he could be a starter on many NFL teams. Plus he is one of the funniest quotes out there almost every time. Great backup here in Jax, but kinda hope he gets an opportunity somewhere.

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