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Marrone on Monday: No quarterback decision yet


JACKSONVILLE – Doug Marrone will wait to decide on a quarterback.

That was the major news from Marrone's next-day videoconference Monday, with the Jaguars' head coach saying he wants to see Gardner Minshew II throw this week before deciding the starting quarterback against the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

"I have to see him throw," Marrone said Monday, a day after the Jaguars' 27-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

Minshew, the Jaguars' starter in the first seven games of the season, missed the last three games with a thumb injury. He threw in practice last week and was inactive Sunday.

Marrone said Minshew and trainers have told him Minshew is "100 percent" physically.

"I've seen him throw a little bit," Marrone said. "I want to see him throw a whole thing and I'll have a better feel for it. I just want to make sure that myself, [quarterbacks coach] Ben [McAdoo] and [offensive coordinator] Jay [Gruden] are able to see it and watch it. The trainers' evaluation of someone throwing is a little bit different, I think, than the coaches' evaluation."

Minshew's replacement, Jake Luton, threw a touchdown and an interception in each of his first two starts before throwing four interceptions against the Steelers. Marrone said he will discuss the decision with Gruden and McAdoo before making an announcement.

"We discussed it and we're going to talk about it more later this evening before we start game-planning," Marrone said. "Then we have to see where Gardner is, see where [reserve quarterback] Mike Glennon, see where Jake is – then obviously make a decision and go forward.

"We really haven't had a lot of time to really sit down and hash it all out."

Luton, a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, completed 16 of 37 passes for 151 yards Sunday. One of Luton's interceptions came on a tipped pass from the Steelers' 11-yard line – the Jaguars' lone red-zone appearance of the game and two of the interceptions directly led Steelers touchdowns.

"It was a tough deal," Marrone said. "It was a good defense and a good pass rush. He threw a couple of nice balls, would like to have some back and a couple got tipped. Practice is so different. I think anyone can go out there [in practice] and you're going to see a lot of things that you like. You go out there on Sunday and it's a whole different ballgame.

"He's a resilient kid. I trust him for that. He knows he has no choice but to be able to bounce back. I don't think that's an issue. He's a tough kid."


Defensive end Josh Allen will be out Sunday and likely after that, Marrone said Monday – but Marrone added that the knee injury sustained by the second-year veteran Sunday did not involve ligament damage. "It's not any ligament damage, but it's still enough to be out for some time," he said. Allen was among three players Marrone said will miss time with injuries sustained against the Steelers with the others being rookie safety Daniel Thomas (arm) and cornerback DJ Hayden (knee). Marrone on Sunday said Thomas likely will be placed on injured reserve.


Marrone also said veteran guard Andrew Norwell will miss Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with an elbow injury sustained against Pittsburgh. Marrone added that the team is waiting for information regarding cornerback Chris Claybrooks (groin).


Marrone on approaching changes during a nine-game losing streak: "We'll try anything. It's tough because a lot of times guys are going in there and they haven't played. You haven't seen them play before. Those are the things that go into it. Any move you can make, any person you can put in, anything you can do, we'll do. I don't have a problem with that. The problem is you're constricted from a time standpoint, from a rep standpoint, from a practice standpoint. As much as you want to maybe make wholesale changes, that's challenging in itself. You're trying to change things up. We've changed quite a bit, especially on the defensive side. We've seen some of that stuff help us. We're trying to do as much as we can."

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