Jacksonville Jaguars and head coach Doug Marrone have been getting a lot of flak on social media recently. Their roster moves and trade deals indicate that the Jags are planning to ‘flop’ on purpose in the NFL this year. Due to the departures of some star names, critics are claiming the Jaguars are planning to tank this season in order to get the first pick at next year’s NFL draft.
If the reports are true, then the Shahid Khan-owned team is angling to bring in Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence to Florida next year. In addition to that, some rumors claim that the Jaguars want Trevor’s coach at Clemson, Dabo Swinney, to join him in 2021.
But here’s what Jacksonville’s current starter, Gardner Minshew, had to say on the issue.
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Gardner Minshew confident the Jaguars will exceed expectations in 2020
Jaguars’ eccentric quarterback, Gardner Minshew, is now entering his second year in the NFL. Here’s what he said about the team’s recent trade moves and all the rumors surrounding that in the league. Minshew appeared on an interview with The Florida Times-Union and addressed the ‘tanking’ claims going around in the media.
He said, “I think more than anything it shows that people are watching us very closely. They see it from afar and see we’re losing our biggest names. But that’s not how we feel.”
“Realistically, I know if we’re tanking, coach [Doug] Marrone, [general manager] Dave [Caldwell] and me are probably going to be out of jobs. Us three and a lot of other guys in the locker room are not going to let that crap happen. I feel very confident in everybody’s desire to win. That’s [losing] absolutely not anything we envision happening,” Minshew said in the interview.
The Jaguars have lost some big names in the last week. DE Yannick Ngakoue (Traded to Minnesota Vikings) and RB Leonard Fournette (released then signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers) both left the team in the last couple of days. Minshew will hope that he can help the Jags get some positive results early on in the season. Doug Marrone’s team start the season with a clash against Indianapolis Colts on September 13, 2020.
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