Doug Marrone named Nick Foles as the starting quarterback beginning in Week 11 against Indianapolis, giving him the chance to reboot the season.
Nick Foles lasted just a few plays in his debut in Week 1 against Kansas City. Then, Gardner Minshew took the reins of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense. Foles is healthy and Minshew is struggling which made Doug Marrone’s decision easier to name him the starter in Week 11 after the Jags’ bye as he comes off IR.
To be fair, the 2019 season has definitely not gone the way the Jaguars had anticipated. Who knew that Telvin Smith would decide to sit out the season or permanently retire? To make matters worse, the recently traded Jalen Ramsey disappointed many people with his antics. Jacksonville has played well in spite of the above mentioned distractions.
Jaguars fans were excited to have Foles under center. There was a collective gasp from the crowd when Foles left the game in Week 1. He gets the ability to reboot his first season as the Jaguars’ top signal-caller against the Colts.
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The Jaguars have seven games left to play. Three of them are against AFC South opponents. They have to win the division to make the playoffs. This is the reason why Jacksonville signed Foles.
Jacksonville plays at Indianapolis and at Tennessee to start the second half of their season. Both games are winnable — if the Jaguars play each play of both games. Don’t forget about Foles playmaking ability in Philadelphia’s magical Super Bowl run in 2017.
Foles completed 77 of 106 passes for 971 yards with six touchdowns with the Eagles. He had a quarterback rating of 115.7. Remember his touchdown reception in the Super Bowl against New England, the play was dubbed the Philly Special.
All eyes will be on Foles as he returns to the Jaguars offensive huddle. The upcoming weeks play mightily into Foles’ wheelhouse. He has faced this type of scrutiny and pressure in seasons past.
Expect Foles to reconnect with the Jaguars offense during the bye week. He gets another shot to lead the Jaguars into the playoffs. It’s going to be interesting to see if he can help this Jacksonville team make the run.