Per NFL network’s Ian Rapoport “Blake Bortles reportedly expected to be Jaguars’ QB in 2018 despite wrist injury”. Mind Blowing, maybe not to you but certainly to me. Windows of success in the NFL don’t last long, just ask the recently boom-less legion in Seattle.
Now I’m no expert. No one will ever mistake me for being a Chris Berman or a Tom Jackson, but giving Robby Blake Bortles 19 million guaranteed to play quarterback for one year just doesn’t sound right in my head. Let’s look at the facts. Bortles has been in the league four full seasons and has a completion percentage of 59.1, along with 90 touchdowns to 64 interceptions. Not the worst in the league but certainly not the best. I have no problem with the Jaguars bringing back Bortles, but as a starter, and to announce it so early in their offseason without even shopping for a franchise thrower. Mind Blowing.
Jacksonville’ arguably had the best defense in the league last year, and even though they have youth and speed all over the unit, the window of dominance won’t be open forever. Coughlin and his Jaguars need to take full advantage of the next two years. This is a team that is universally recognized as being “a quarterback away” and for them to not even go after names like Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater or even trading for the likes of Alex Smith. All of the aforementioned quarterbacks have all shown flashes of being better than Bortles, and for the Jags to name Blake the starter before even attempting to upgrade the position is a little mind-boggling.
At the end of the day, as confused as I am about this decision, Tom Coughlin is running the show so you have to give any two-time Super Bowl winning coach the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps Jacksonville feels confident in Blake coming off the best season of his career and presumably coming into a new season healthy after this wrist surgery. Time will tell if this decision makes sense, but one thing is for sure, the Jags time is NOW.