The Fuel Tank: Don’t Doubt Gardner Minshew Even After His Week 3 Loss

Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be breaking down one of the hottest NFL news topics and then I will be giving my viewpoint on the topic while breaking down why the opposition is false. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.

The Jaguars’ loss was utterly horrendous as the Jaguars couldn’t do anything against a winless Dolphins squad. The defense let Fitzpatrick become Fitzmagic again, the offense couldn’t get anything clicking through the whole game, and so forth. It was a terrible day to be a Jaguars fan, but you shouldn’t be too worried as you shouldn’t doubt Minshew for multiple reasons:

1. Minshew has had a great season despite last Thursday

I think anyone with a sane mind can come to terms with the fact that Minshew and the offense played horrible last week; yet, I wouldn’t hold your head on it.

Minshew gave the Titans, a team who made the AFC championship and beat the #1 seeded Ravens along with the Belichick led Patriots, a run for their money, and beat the Colts who were HEAVILY favored to win against him. He even threw for three touchdowns in both of those games and during the Colts game, he had a near-perfect passer game. Everyone has one bad game; furthermore, it’s only his second season, so anyone doubting to harshly should relax. As Digital Content Producer Grant Gordan said:

“Minshew showed over the first two games of the year why he should be the Jags’ franchise quarterback going forward.”

2. He had the best rookie year out of all 2019 rookie quarterbacks

To make this quick and easy to get through, let’s look at a tweet made by Brett Martineau who compared the records, passing yards, touchdowns, and interceptions of each rookie quarterback who played last season:

We can’t count Finley, Lock, and Haskins as they didn’t even start/play half of the season; so, we can only look at Minshew, Murray, and Jones who started their fair amount of games. It displays that Minshew had the most wins, 2nd-most passing yards, 2nd-most touchdowns, and the least amount of interceptions out of every rookie quarterback who started a majority of the season. This isn’t bad for a 6th rounder, right?

3. The Jags have no weapons to help Minshew

Minshew is literally making do with what he can. Star rookie DJ Chark Jr. was out last week against the Dolphins, Keelan Cole’s best year was his rookie year with only 748 receiving yards, and Eifert hasn’t done jack this whole season (six catches for 55 yards with one game started). If you were able to give Minshew a top-tier receiver or even a better-than-good one, he’ll probably be able to do a lot more for the team.

Addressing the other side

But he lost to the Dolphins…

He isn’t the only one to blame as the defense allowed Fitzmagic to come back to life and allow the Dolphins to score a whopping 31 points. Sure, he had a bad game, but he isn’t the only one to blame for their loss. The defense should share the same amount of fault the offense is receiving.

He’s a turnover machine

Four turnovers in three weeks are something to be worried about, but look at it this way: it could be 100x worse. Daniel Jones has the same amount and it’ll probably be worse after they take on the 49ers, Carson Wentz has five turnovers already, Kirk Cousins has the same amount as well with one less game played, and so on. When you look at this, it shows that other quarterbacks are barging through the same struggles as Minshew is.

That’s all for this week’s Fuel Tank. This week’s topic was shorter, but it didn’t take much to prove that Minshew should be doubted in any way. What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion!

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day.