Gardner Minshew Named Jaguars' Starting QB vs. Chargers over Nick Foles

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 24:  Nick Foles #7 and Gardner Minshew II #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars talk before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.   (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will once again go with Gardner Minshew II under center after he replaced Nick Foles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. 

Head coach Doug Marrone confirmed Minshew will start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday after taking over for Foles in the Jaguars' 28-11 loss to the Buccaneers.

Foles started and went 7-of-14 for 93 yards and one interception through the first half. He also lost two fumbles.

It was Minshew's first appearance since Jacksonville's 26-3 defeat to the Houston Texans in Week 9.

Minshew's demotion coincided with Foles' return from a broken collarbone ahead of a Week 11 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

Jacksonville had dropped three of its last five games heading into its Week 10 bye, so the team was clearly banking on Foles to turn things around. Instead, the Jags suffered their third straight defeat.

It's still too early to draw any definitive conclusions, but the four-year, $88 million contract the Jaguars offered to Foles is looking like a huge mistake.

Jason_OTC @Jason_OTC

Cost to cut Foles next year on the cap is $33.875M. If he is on the roster on the 5th day of the league year $5M of his 2021 salary will also become guaranteed. Yikes. #Jaguars https://t.co/hvt2soOxMV

The 30-year-old isn't even one full season into his time with the team before questions are now being asked as to his long-term future.

Minshew thriving as the starter with Foles injured was one thing. Benching a healthy Foles gives the impression the coaching staff believes Minshew is the better option.

Regardless of whether that's true, the Jaguars will have a massive dilemma this offseason.

Parting ways with Foles altogether is probably a non-starter because the cost of doing so is exorbitant. Jacksonville can either make him the NFL's highest-paid backup or roll with him as the starter in 2020 having already shown a lack of confidence in his abilities.