JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 13: Mike Glennon #2 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a pass against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on December 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will start quarterback Mike Glennon instead of Gardner Minshew against the Chicago Bears in Week 16.

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Those tricky Jacksonville Jaguars. Several days after head coach Doug Marrone‘s proclamation that his team will do everything in its power to win its final two games of the season, the organization snuck one through on a Saturday after Christmas.

The Jags will start Mike Glennon at quarterback against the Chicago Bears in Week 16, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


Glennon, 31, is a career backup who’s thrown for 600 yards and three touchdowns to three interceptions in three starts this season. The entire football world thought Gardner Minshew would start again, but it appears as though Marrone had other plans.

Glennon and Minshew split the first-team reps this week at practice. Interestingly, the Bears are one of Glennon’s former teams.

The issue from a New York Jets‘ perspective is obvious. The Jets’ 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams this past Sunday propelled the Jags into the top spot in the tank race, courtesy of the strength of schedule tiebreaker. All that separates the Jags and Trevor Lawrence is two more losses.

Marrone, whose future in Jacksonville is up for grabs, told the world his team wouldn’t be tanking this past Monday.

“We’re trying to win,” he told reporters Monday, via the official team website. “We’re doing everything we possibly can. That’s my job right now, and I owe it to the coaches and players.”

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The Glennon news now has football fans questioning Marrone’s once virtuous words.

The Jags take on the Bears this Sunday at home before closing out the season in Indianapolis against the Colts. The Jets welcome in the Cleveland Browns this weekend before finishing the 2020 slate up in New England against the Patriots.

New York needs to lose both games and have Jacksonville win one of the two for Lawrence to become a reality once again.

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