Chad Henne got time with the first-team offense Thursday night, and if not for a couple drops his numbers would have looked better.
"It's this simple: I'm looking for the best person to lead this offensem", Marrone told reporters, per John Oehser of the team's website.
"I'm not happy with the performance today", Marrone said. "I'm not going to stand here and say how much ground he's gained". Everyone saw it out there. When Marrone gave Henne first-team practice reps Sunday, he said it was about Bortles seeming to have a exhausted arm - and not particularly about the two interceptions Bortles had thrown in practice that day. But Marrone pulled the third overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft last week following two interceptions.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook totaled six catches and 131 yards on seven targets in Thursday's 12-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell even picked up the fifth-year option in Bortles' rookie contract, which would pay him $19 million in 2018. The Jags managed four first downs and got booed by the home crowd when Bortles badly underthrew a wide-open Allen Robinson in the seam. "We still think. he's got a lot of room to improve". If Henne does start week 1 what does that do for the team moving forward? Brandon Allen, the other quarterback on the roster, has fared well when given the chance.
Instead of turning the page on a struggling quarterback who never should have been taken third overall, the Jaguars will likely limp through another disappointing season, despite having tons of young talent all over the place on both sides of the ball. Allen completed 10-of-15 passes for 144 passing yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars don't have another kicker in camp, but that likely will change Friday. But the one thing Head Coach Dirk Koetter wanted from his offense this week, after an up-and-down preseason opener, was to finish drives.
Henne started 22 games for Jacksonville between 2012 and 2014, but has backed up Bortles since.
Jacksonville's best play in the first half came in the closing minutes when Keelan Cole returned a punt 31 yards that gave the Jaguars a first down at the Tampa Bay 23. Henne has played just one regular season snap in two years.