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Jaguars Announce Gardner Minshew to Start Sunday and Send Nick Foles Back to Bench

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars QB
Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars QB | Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Get your fake mustaches ready, Jacksonville. After a two and a half week hiatus, Minshew Mania has returned.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to rename Gardner Minshew as their starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, demoting Nick Foles back to the bench.

The Jaguars are now infinitely more watchable because the mustached marauder is back under center.

Minshew took the NFL by storm after replacing the injured Nick Foles in Week 1. The 23-year-old threw 14 touchdowns to just five interceptions during game action this season, though the Jags eventually went back to Foles as their starter when he healed from his formerly broken collarbone.

Unfortunately, their $88 million man failed to live up to expectations in his return to action.

After Foles laid an egg in the first half in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Doug Marrone made the executive decision to revert back to the rookie gunslinger.

With the Jaguars effectively out of playoff contention, this four-week sample will help further develop Minshew while also enabling the team to assess its future at quarterback.

It's certainly discouraging that Foles was replaced by a sixth-round rookie. Especially considering the former Eagle signed with the Jags during the offseason on a four-year, $88 million deal ($50.125 million guaranteed) that will expire after the 2022 season.