Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
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Doug Marrone says he still believes in Nick Foles despite benching

Doug Marrone says he still believes in Nick Foles despite benching

Foles, a former Super Bowl MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles, signed a four-year deal with Jacksonville this offseason but the Jaguars have not won a game he has started in 2019.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers walked into TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville and left with a win yesterday.

On Monday, the Jaguars announced that Gardner Minshew would be taking over as the starting quarterback, and Foles will serve as his backup. However, the team scored four touchdowns. The Jaguars then went 4-4 with Minshew as the starter, but after a pre-bye 26-3 loss to the Texans, Doug Marrone handed the keys back to a returning Foles. The 23-year-old finished 16-for-27 for 147 yards with one touchdown and an interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I wanted to get a spark", Marrone said after the game, via ESPN. "It's hard. But you know what, I'm going to look at the bright things and keep my head held high". I think he's a really good quarterback. I haven't spoken to them, and I always believe in doing things the right way. But, for those anxious that Jones will be riding the bench going forward, head coach Bruce Arians talked about the young back's strong work ethic, while also pointing out that if he wants to play, he's got to protect the quarterback.

While Foles took the majority of the reps in practice the past three games, Minshew did say the coaching staff has designed workouts for him to remain fresh and ready if called upon during the game. When he spoke with the media following the loss, he said this is something he has been preparing for since it was announced Foles was ready to return to the lineup following a broken clavicle that forced him to miss eight-plus weeks of the National Football League season. Foles has thrown two interceptions - one in his first start after returning from injury of November 17 and one in the December 1 loss.

Minshew is definitely more of a raw player, but he's also an exciting one because he can make things happen on the field by using his feet to reset the pocket.

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