This week Nick Foles was benched for rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew. Minshew had the Jaguars playing pretty well before Nick Foles came back, and the Jaguars have looked suspect since Foles returned.
Foles has produced 661 yards and 33 points in the three games since his return. Only 10 of those points came in the first half of those games, including zero points and just 105 total yards against the Bucs.
That generated a lot of boos, especially as the team headed to the locker room at halftime, and Marrone had no choice but to bench the player the Jaguars signed to a four-year, $88 million contract that includes a franchise-record $50.125 million guaranteed.
The fans should boo because they were getting better play from their practically free late round pick Gardner Minshew. Not every team is going to draft a player like Gardner Minshew, but signing a quarterback like Nick Foles who really has never did anything but shine with a really solid Eagles team, to a massive contract is crazy.
If the Jaguars were to cut Nick Foles after the year they would have almost 33 million in dead money. They would lose their but in 2020, but they would start to get some savings back in 2021 and 2022. The Jags really made a bad choice by giving Foles a ton of money. Many NFL teams will do anything to find a Franchise QB, but giving a journeyman a ton of money is never a smart thing to do. The Bills did this with Ryan Fitzpatrick, and many teams have made this huge mistake. NFL teams seem to never get it right.
One player who is going to benefit from this is Gardner Minshew. He should have never been removed as the starter, he had the team moving in the right direction. The money made the Jaguars go back to Foles, and now they are going to go back to Minshew but they may have hurt their rookie for pulling him in the first place. Always go with the hot hand…..