Doug Marrone starting Gardner Minshew on Sunday vs. Chargers

Doug Marrone starting Gardner Minshew on Sunday vs. Chargers

By: Hays Carlyon

Minshew Mania is back.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced on Monday that he will start rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew over veteran Nick Foles when the Jaguars (4-8) host the Los Angeles Chargers (4-8) on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

Minshew went 4-4 as a starter when Foles was on injured reserve from a broken collarbone suffered in the season opener.

Minshew relieved Foles at halftime during Sunday’s 28-11 loss at home to Tampa Bay. Marrone benched Foles at halftime after he committed three turnovers which led to a 25-0 halftime deficit.

Foles, who signed a four-year, $88-million contract with $50.1 million in guaranteed money in March, is 0-4 as a starter with the Jaguars.

He’s been awful since his return three games ago. Foles has thrown three touchdowns with two interceptions this season for a passer rating of 84.6.

Minshew has thrown 14 touchdowns to five picks for a passer rating of 91.

Marrone said ideally Minshew, a sixth-round pick, will start the final four games. He credited Minshew for his mobility and placed blame on the offensive line for the inconsistent pockets Foles has had to work with as the starter.

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