Jaguars Bench Nick Foles For Gardner Minshew

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The Jacksonville Jaguars benched starting quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday for rookie Gardner Minshew.

The change came after the first half, which saw the Jaguars down 25-0 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foles went 7-for-14, with 93 yards, one interception, while taking three sacks and losing two fumbles. After Foles’ third turnover, the crowd began chanting, “We want Minshew.”

Minshew came in and completed 15-of-26 passes for 141 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Jaguars lost the game 28-11.

After the game, head coach Doug Marrone was asked who will be the quarterback when his 4-8 Jaguars play the Los Angeles Chargers in Jacksonville next week. He said he would not make an announcement until he speaks to both Foles and Minshew.

It was just last week after losing 42-20 to the Titans that Marrone said he was not considering a quarterback change, insisting Foles gave the team the best chance to win. Another week and another loss may have forced his hand.

Minshew was forced to start for the Jaguars earlier this season when Foles broke his left clavicle in Week 1 against the Chiefs. He threw 13 touchdowns and four interceptions for 2,285 yards coming into today.

Complicating matters is the fact the Jags signed Foles to a four-year, $88 million deal in March with $50,125,000 in guaranteed money.