Doug Marrone: Jaguars’ quarterback job up for grabs


Are Blake Bortles’ days as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback numbered?

After a second consecutive mediocre preseason outing from his franchise signal-caller on Thursday night, Jags coach Doug Marrone told reporters that Jacksonville has a quarterback competition on its hands.

“It’s this simple: I’m looking for the best person to lead this offensem,” Marrone told reporters, per John Oehser of the team’s website. “[The QB position] is right up there for grabs, and either person can take it.”

Marrone added, on Bortles: “It’s not like he’s not the quarterback. He’s got to go earn it.”

The coach’s comments come on a night when the Jaguars, playing on national television, were shut out in the first half in a home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, during which Bortles appeared out of his element once again. The fourth-year quarterback’s severe underthrow of a wide-open Allen Robinson in the second quarter earned him a chorus of boos from the Duval faithful.

Bortles’ outing with the first-team offense was so underwhelming that Marrone sent backup quarterback Chad Henne out at the end of the first half and start of the second half with the starters. Henne’s entry on

Article source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000831354/article/doug-marrone-jaguars-quarterback-job-up-for-grabs

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