Jacksonville Should Ditch Bortles, Add Kaepernick
After being selected number three overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, Blake Bortles hasn’t lived up to expectations. It looks like we’re finally to the point where Bortles is being considered a bust. He’s not the kind of game changing quarterback you expect to get with the number three overall pick.
In three seasons as the starting quarterback for the Jaguars, Bortles has an 11-34 record. The best record Bortles has led the Jaguars to has been 5-11. His team has never placed higher than third in the AFC South.
2014: 58.9% Completions, 2,908 Yards, 11 TD’s, 17 INT’s, 69.5 Rating
2015: 58.6% Completions, 4,428 Yards, 35 TD’s, 18 INT’s, 88.2 Rating
2016: 58.9% Completions, 3,905 Yards, 23 TD’s, 16 INT’s, 78.8 Rating
If there’s one thing that sticks out about his stats, it’s his TD to INT ratio. Bortles has a TD to INT ratio of 69-51. He’s thrown just 18 more TD’s than he has thrown INT’s. There’s the problem for Bortles. Some could argue that Bortles hasn’t had enough talent around him to be a good quarterback, but even without talent, it’s still on him if he’s not accurate.
In today’s NFL, you can’t be giving the ball away at a high rate if you want to win. With all the high powered offense’s in the league, you can’t give them more chances to score points. With some of these dominate defense’s in the league, the offense won’t even have to do anything. The defense will score for them.
Blake Bortles has a turnover problem, and he’s not the guy who’s going to get the Jaguars where they want to go. After another underwhelming performance in the latest preseason game, the Jaguars coaching staff have said there’s a real quarterback competition. Who’s Bortles in competition with?? Chad Henne. That’s some competition the Jaguars have got going. Henne is 18-35 in his career as a starter, and his TD to INT ratio is 58-63. Henne has had just one season in his eight year career where he’s thrown more TD’s than INT’s, and that season he only played in three games.
Regardless of who wins the quarterback battle between Bortles and Henne, the Jaguars aren’t going to win. The Jaguars have a quarterback problem, and it’s not going to be fixed by the quarterbacks currently on the roster. If the Jaguars want a chance at winning games this season and in the future, they should look no further than controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
If you follow NFL news, you probably know that Colin Kaepernick has been a hot topic this offseason. After meeting with different teams, Kaepernick is still without a job. Some owners have been against signing him because of his National Anthem protests. They don’t want that kind of player on their team. Although it may cause come controversy having Kaepernick on the roster, he’s a much better quarterback option than what the Jaguars have right now.
Throughout his NFL career, Colin Kaepernick has an TD to INT ratio of 72-30. He doesn’t have a turnover problem like Bortles or Henne. Kaepernick also has a winning record. He’s 32-32 as a starting quarterback. Winning half of your games might not seem that great, but it’s better than what the Jaguars have currently got.
The past couple of seasons have hurt Kaepernick’s win percentage, but let’s not forget that Kaepernick is a quarterback who’s taken a team to a Super Bowl. He almost went to a second one too. Kaepernick isn’t a top tier quarterback like Tom Brady or Derek Carr, but he’s also not a low tier quarterback like Blake Bortles. Kaepernick has a history of winning. He knows what it takes. It’s for this reason that the Jaguars should ditch Bortles as their starting quarterback, and sign Colin Kaepernick.
In their last preseason game, one Jaguars fan was spotted wearing a custom made Colin Kaepernick Jaguars jersey. From the sound of things, he’s not the only one who wants a new quarterback in Jacksonville. Bortles received boos from the crowd after a bad performance. It sounds like Jacksonville is ready to bring Kaepernick in.
Bringing in Colin Kaepernick as the starting quarterback might take a little adjustment. The Jaguars might need to change the offense to fit his play style a little bit, but that’s a small price to pay at the expense of winning. While Kaepernick may not lead the Jaguars to a Super Bowl, he can make them a much more competitive team, especially within their division.
It’s been quite some time since the Jaguars had a winning season. 2010 was the last time they had a winning record, and they were just 8-8. The last time the Jaguars made the playoff, was back in 2007 when they went 11-5.
Jaguars fans are tired of seeing their team have a losing record year after year. They want more. They deserve more. Becoming a winning team starts by adding the best available free agent quarterback. Ditch Bortles, forget about Chad Henne, and sign Colin Kaepernick.