The old adage says that if you have two quarterbacks, you have none. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan seemingly does not subscribe to that theory.
Khan’s team gave Nick Foles a four-year, $88 million contract in free agency last season with the intention of him being the franchise quarterback. That plan went array in Week 1 when Foles broke his left clavicle. Sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew stepped into the starting role in Foles’ absence.
Minshew showed some flashes of brilliance while also exhibiting the typical rookie struggles. He finished with 3,271 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. Foles, meanwhile, returned to start three games later in the season.
As for 2020, no decision has been made regarding who will hold down the starting job. But in a recent interview with the Jaguars’ team site, Khan made it clear he doesn’t think the uncertainty at the position is a problem.
In his opinion, Jacksonville has “an embarrassment of riches” at quarterback.
“Frankly, this past year proved you better have two competent quarterbacks, OK?” Khan said. “There were a number of teams if they didn’t have a competent [backup] quarterback [in 2019], they wouldn’t have made it. If you look at it, from where we’ve come from … an argument could be made we didn’t have any competent quarterbacks, so this is in a way an embarrassment of riches for us in a good way that we do have two very good quarterbacks. I think as we move forward in this season – training camp or whatever – the coaches will have their work cut out to determine who gives us the best chance of winning as we move forward.”
We’re just guessing, but we don’t think most people would describe Jacksonville’s quarterback situation as “an embarrassment of riches.” The team has a lot of money committed to a quarterback that might not be worth it, and Minshew is still unproven even though he had his moments as a rookie.
Jacksonville finished the 2019 season with a 6-10 record. The team started 4-4 before a five-game losing streak torpedoed any postseason chances.