Things did not go well for Nick Foles in his third game back from a broken collarbone. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback looked more than shaky against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and fans quickly grew restless.
How restless? The home crowd in Jacksonville started pining for former starting QB Garner Minshew, breaking out into “We want Minshew” chants before the second quarter had even reached its halfway point.
Fans can be quick to want a change when things are going bad, but in this case it was warranted. Through just 24 minutes of play, Foles was bad. Not just pretty bad, or sort of bad, but straight-up bad. Foles turned over the ball on the first three Jaguars possessions of the game. On the first series, after going 48 yards down the field, Foles threw the ball directly to Bucs rookie linebacker Devin White. Foles fumbled the ball on the second possession, and did the same on the third.
All three turnovers led to points for the Buccaneers. The Bucs went up 7-0 on a touchdown after the Foles interception. The first fumble was recovered and immediately run in for a touchdown, putting Tampa Bay up 15-0 after a two-point conversion.
The second fumble was recovered by the Bucs, and they marched 63 yards down the field to score their third touchdown of the day. A field goal (which had nothing to do with Foles) put Tampa Bay up 25-0 at the half.
Foles is obviously being given more latitude by head coach Doug Marrone because of his injury and the four-year, $88 million contract he signed in the offseason. However, Foles is in his third game back from the broken collarbone, which should be enough time for him to shake off the rust and stop losing footballs like they’re coated in grease. Fans can sometimes be unreasonable, but in this case, the “We want Minshew” chants are warranted.
Foles benched for Minshew in second half
It appears that Marrone agreed with the angry fans. He benched Nick Foles and his three first-half turnovers, and started Garner Minshew in the second half.
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