As Mitchell Trubisky strives to be some franchise’s future, Mike Glennon is in a battle for his football life.
In other words, what’s old is new again in Week 16 of the 2020 NFL season.
The Jaguars don’t know who’ll start at quarterback on Sunday when they face the Bears. As a result, Head Coach Doug Marrone announced Glennon and Gardner Minshew will split reps in practice. The “winner” gets a crack at a defense that came up with three sacks and 12 (!) quarterback hits of Kirk Cousins last week. Have fun with that!
Minshew started last week’s game and was sacked five times in a 40-14 loss to the Ravens. He completed 76 percent of his passes, threw two touchdowns, and posted a 120.8 passer rating, but also was sacked five times. Glennon last started in Week 14, but his woeful showing (13/23, 85 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 46.5 rating) sent him back to the bench. Neither option seems great, which is one reason why the Jaguars are 1-13 at this stage of the season.
For the sake of fun, I hope Glennon can eek out a victory over Minshew. Then, everyone will get to see the reenactment of Bourbonnais training camp in 2017. But without having to deal with the extreme heat conditions or the early morning drive down I-57.
Presumably, whoever performs better in practice will get the starting nod. Then again, Jacksonville is in a position where losing is better than winning. Remember, every defeat is a step to claiming victory in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. With that in mind, I expect Jacksonville to take every precautionary measure to ensure it can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory if it comes to it.