Blake Bortles discusses benching, uncertain future with Jaguars
Blake Bortles met with the media Wednesday and spoke candidly about getting benched this week. The beleaguered Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback also addressed his uncertain future with the team.
It’s been a tumultuous week for the Jaguars, to say the least. The team announced on Monday that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett had been fired. Head coach Doug Marrone later announced Bortles had been benched and that Cody Kesller would start Sunday against the Colts as the reeling Jaguars attempt to snap a season-crushing seven-game losing streak.
Bortles admitted Wednesday that getting benched is no one’s fault but his own.
“I put myself in this position and I didn’t play good enough,” Bortles said, via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “Didn’t win football games. Couldn’t find a way to get it done. And when that happens, it’s a business and everybody understands that. I don’t think there’s anything personal involved. As a quarterback, I think you have one job and that’s to win a football game. And if you don’t do that, your time’s probably limited.”
Bortles played well at times last season while leading the Jaguars to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The Jaguars decided to reward Bortles with a three-year, $54 million contract for his solid overall play this past offseason.
Unfortunately, Bortles has shown serious signs of regression again this season and shoulders a substantial part of the blame for the Jaguars’ disastrous 2018 campaign. Completing 60.4 percent of his passes, Bortles has a horrible 13:10 touchdown-to-interception ratio, resulting in a woeful 81.9 rating.
Whether or not Bortles will even be back with the Jags next season has been called into question. Bortles hopes he gets another chance.
“I’m not in charge of the decisions that are made,” Bortles said. “I obviously put myself in this position and forced their decision to be made. But at the end of the day, they’re in charge of making those personnel decisions and, if it’s a competition, or if it’s ‘see you later, you’re out of here,’ whatever it is, I love playing football and would love the opportunity to play again.”