Blake Bortles didn’t make that ascension to franchise quarterback in three years. So Tom Coughlin isn’t willing to commit to him as the starter for 2017.
When team takes a quarterback in the top 10 of the draft, they expect to see something by Year 3. But Bortles’ Year 3 was less than spectacular after coming in with big expectations. He threw for 4,428 yards, 35 TDs and 18 INTs in 2015.
So the thought was that he would cut down on his INTs to build on his sophomore campaign. But instead, Bortles regressed, throwing for 3,905 yards, 26 TDs and 16 INTs. More importantly, he went 3-13 with a solid defense after going 5-11, with a suspect defense.
And new Executive VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin has never been a big fan of his. He was asked if he is committed to Bortles as the team’s starting quarterback. And instead of a yes or no, he was as noncommittal and evasive as he could get.
He told the media per NBC Pro Football Talk:
"“There’s plenty of work for everybody to do, Blake included,” Coughlin told reporters. “To raise the game to a higher level, it takes all components as well. That’s why I mentioned the protection first of all. Being at the right place at the right time, the timing, taking care of the football, which is paramount to that position. There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent. I think he’d be the first one to say that he has a lot of work to do, but we all have a lot of work to do; I’m going to put it that way.”"
What do you want him to say?
The Jaguars were horrible despite having a solid defense and Bortles wasn’t part of the solution. And the team would have to pay Bortles $18.82 million guaranteed for injury for a fifth season. Coughlin just got this job and I’m sure he wants to hang onto it.
Bortles already got former head coach Gus Bradley fired!