LONDON – The answer will come soon, but not now.
That’s what Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said he considers the appropriate way to handle the team’s quarterback situation, and he said Sunday he won’t hurry to a decide on the issue.
Marrone following the Jaguars’ 26-3 loss to the Houston Texans at Wembley Stadium Sunday said he will take at least a couple of days to decide between Gardner Minshew II and Nick Foles as the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.
He said a decision likely will come by next Sunday, the day before the team returns to practice after this week’s bye week.
Here’s Marrone’s full quote on the issue from after Sunday’s loss:
“Well, I haven't spoken to either quarterback yet, and I hate talking through the media about my plans, but the plans were -- again, the disappointment of the team, not performing well, will be on my mind now for the next 48 hours.
“I think after those 48 hours are over, I'm going to step away a little bit, take a break because I don't have to make a decision and have time. That's what I'm going to talk to the quarterbacks about, and then I'll tell them probably right before we come back on Sunday, we'll be able to discuss where we're going to go.
“That's pretty much my plan.”
Minshew – a rookie sixth-round selection – has started the last eight games in place of Foles, who sustained a broken clavicle 11 plays into a Week 1 loss at Kansas City after signing as an unrestricted free agent last March.
Minshew was 4-4 as a starter, entering Sunday’s game with 13 touchdown passes and two interceptions. He had one of his most difficult games of the season Sunday, throwing no touchdowns with two fourth-quarter interceptions and two lost fumbles in the fourth quarter.
Marrone said he won’t make the quarterback decision based on Sunday’s game.
“It's not one game,” Marrone said. “It'll be a body of work.”
Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye felt OK about his matchup with Texans All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins Sunday, with Bouye limiting his former Texans teammate to 48 yards on eight receptions. “It was a battle and I enjoyed every minute of it,” Bouye said. Bouye felt less than OK about what happened from the Texans bench late in the game. Bouye had words with a coach and Texans player late in the game. “Me and Hop talked about it during the game that we knew this was how it was going to be – that he was going to make plays and I was going to make plays,” Bouye said. “But we’re going to keep it football: Don’t have a coach come over here and try to talk to me on the side, then some other person try to like do something. I’m not having that.” Bouye, who played with Houston until signing with the Jaguars before the 2017 season, said he didn’t know the coach or player involved. “I told him, ‘This is your first year. I’ve never seen you before. You don’t know me,’ ’’ Bouye said.
Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley: “Every loss is a major disappointment, especially if you’re a competitor. Speaking for myself, and I believe I can speak for some of the guys on this offense: We’re competitors. We want to go out there and we want to compete regardless of who it is. We didn’t do that. That’s a big disappointment.”
Marrone: “I'm disappointed in the performance. I know that this team can perform better, and it starts with me, and I've got to do a better job. They work hard during the week. They care about each other. But it's disappointing when you go out there and you don't perform like you want to. At the end of the day, when you don't do that against a good football team, you're not going to win. We're going to take some time. We'll go back and watch this film. We'll get away a little bit, get away from football, and then come back with a laser-like focus and start again and finish up the second half of the season better than we started.”
Bouye: “We’ve still got a lot of football. We’re not .500, but next month is going to be a big, important month because we have the Titans and the Colts twice. We played against a great team, a great offense. We have to learn from our mistakes and get back to it.”