Is there a job in America with less stability than an NFL quarterback? The concrete hasn’t even dried from the Nick Foles Philly Special statue outside Lincoln Financial and Jaguars fans are already begging him to hang up his cleats and stick to the Bible.
Meanwhile, in Philly:
Football is just one big game of irrational inception.
In any event, just months after the Jaguars signed Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract that includes a franchise-record $50.125 million guaranteed, the team announced it would be benching him in favor of Uncle Rico’s long-lost cousin, Gardner Minshew.
After a putrid first half in the Jags’ 28-11 loss to Tampa Bay in which Foles turned the ball over on the Jaguars’ first three drives and recorded three straight three-and-outs thereafter, Doug Marrone announced that the best man for the job going forward would be Minshew, who threw for 147 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
“It’s not easy,” Foles said of the benching, via ESPN. “This is not an easy game. Tough situation, but I’m going to continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Like I said before, it’s a trial, and the trials keep coming. Not easy, but I know where my heart is and where my faith is and what I’m going to lean on in this time like I always do in the good and the bad.
“Never want to go through it. Difficult, but you know what? I’m going to look at the bright things and continue to keep my head held high and continue to keep moving forward.”
Minshew has shown sparks of brilliance in his eight starts, leading the Jaguars to a 4-4 record, throwing for 2,285 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions.
NFL Twitter loves them some Minshew Mania.