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Marrone on Monday: "Mike is throwing better…"

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon looks for a receiver during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

JACKSONVILLE – Mike Glennon simply remains the best option.

As Head Coach Doug Marrone explained it Monday, there's little more explanation for the Jaguars' current starting quarterback situation.

Glennon, an eight-year veteran, has started the last two games for the Jaguars and Marrone said he will start against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. Marrone named Glennon the starter for Sunday in the wake of a loss In Minnesota this past Sunday, confirming it on a Monday conference call.

"I just think right now in practice Mike is throwing better and gives us the best chance to win," Marrone said Monday, one day after the Jaguars' 27-24 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

Glennon, whose last start before the past two games came in 2017 for the Chicago Bears, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble Sunday. Marrone named Glennon the starter for Sunday over Gardner Minshew II, the team's Game 1-7 who was a healthy backup Sunday after missing four games with a thumb injury.

"We're going to look at Mike and we're going to evaluate, and really trying to clean up some things," Marrone said.

Glennon, who threw two touchdowns with no interceptions in a 27-25 loss to the Cleveland Browns in his first Jaguars start, completed 28 of 42 passes for 280 yards Sunday. He completed six of seven passes for 73 yards on touchdown drive late in regulation, then capped that drive by completing a two-point conversion pass to wide receiver Collin Johnson.

Glennon then threw an interception on the Jaguars' lone possession of overtime that led directly to the game-winning field goal.

"Right now, I believe he's throwing the ball well enough, but obviously the turnovers is not something you want," Marrone said.

Marrone said he remains concerned with Minshew's workload during practice and "what I'm seeing during the week."

"We talked [Monday] and just like I told him: 'I just want to see more at practice,''' Marrone said. "He's working on his volume and the amount of throws and all of that. Obviously, he is cleared medically. But still you want to be able to see those things on the practice field.

"I don't think Gardner's 100 percent as far as his workload. That's always a concern to me and I'm trying to understand it and we're both trying to work through it."

Added Marrone, "It was easy because of the workload situation knowing that, hey listen: 'We're going to stay with him (Glennon) until the workload and the throwing during the week for Gardner gets right and it gets to the point where you do have to make a decision.'''

Marrone said he and Minshew have "had a lot of conversations" recently, and that Minshew's approach remains positive.

"It's not a problem at all," Marrone said. "Whatever he feels he can do that's best for the team, he will do. He has said that quite a bit. I don't see a problem there. The communication has been fine. Everything has been up front. Everything has been talked about.

"I feel comfortable with that. He's trying to do everything he can to get himself back to a point where he feels comfortable and his workload is right."


Marrone on Monday said he has not settled on Chase McLaughlin as the kicker for the team's final four games. McLaughlin, who has kicked in three games for the Jaguars this season, converted a 22-yard field goal and missed from 62 to end the first half Sunday – and also went one of two on extra points. "We're still looking at that and just trying to figure out who gives us the best chance to win – just like all these other positions," Marrone said. "Whoever we feel is kicking well, that's who we'll go with." McLaughlin has converted four of five field goals and two of three extra points for the Jaguars this season. Kicker Aldrick Rosas, who has made six of eight field goals and two of two extra points in two games this season, remains on the Jaguars' practice squad. The Jaguars have used six kickers this season, including Week 1 kicker Josh Lambo, who is out for the season with a hip injury.

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