Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday evening that Bortles would remain the team’s starter for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia in London, though a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that backup Cody Kessler will see some first-team reps in practice and Bortles will be on “a short leash” against the Eagles.
Statement from Head Coach Doug Marrone:
"I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team's starting quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win." pic.twitter.com/eDXVHtUrTf
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 22, 2018
At the very least he should let him play in London. Blake is hard to beat there.
Blake Bortles was benched Sunday, but next week the Jaguars head overseas. London Bortles has been tough to beat in recent years.
Blake Bortles Last 3 Seasons in London
Team PPG 36.0
TD-Int 8-1 pic.twitter.com/ySCPfO1MsM
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2018
Bortles had completed 6-of-12 passes for 61 yards against the Texans at the time he was benched,
While #Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will start, the team will get Cody Kessler ready by giving him rest with the 1s, I’m told. It Bortles falters, they could make another change.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2018
Treating Bortles as if he’s on thin ice might actually work. You have to try different things when you’re not getting the desired results.