Minshew Mania Is Back

Beowulf Baby!

Jim Rome
December 03, 2019 - 10:36 am
Gordon Minshew and Nick Foles

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Just as every so often this year, I’ve shouted out to Laker fans and told them to get their car flags up, I’ve got a message for Jacksonville: 

Duuuuuvallllll – mustaches up! Better yet, mustaches up and jorts on.

The Jags announced that Gardner Flint Minshew the second, aka Beowulf, will be the starter on Sunday and for the rest of the season, which means that Minshew Mania is back. And if we’re being honest, it never should’ve left in the first place.

It came back for the second half on Sunday when Nick Foles was benched. And as you can imagine, Foles handled Sunday’s benching with class: "It's not easy. This is not an easy game. Tough situation, but I'm going to continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Like I said before, it's a trial, and the trials keep coming. Not easy, but I know where my heart is and where my faith is and what I'm going to lean on in this time like I always do in the good and the bad. Never want to go through it. Difficult, but you know what? I'm going to look at the bright things and continue to keep my head held high and continue to keep moving forward."

And as you’d expect, Minshew handled it with class as well: "It's tough. I've been in the same situation. I've been booed off the field at [East Carolina], and it's not a place anybody should have to be in. There's so much love in that room. We all support each other. To see [the boos] was absolutely brutal. I hate that for him, but in the same vein, all he wants is a win. All I want is to win, and whoever's out there, that's what we're going to try to do."

I know there’s been tension in the Jags locker room, but from the outside, it sure seems like that quarterbacks room is about as good as it could be, given the circumstances. 

And by the way, just so we’re clear, the Jags aren’t 4-8 because of Nick Foles. They’re 4-8 for a lot of reasons. And there are going to be changes in the offseason because of those reasons. It’s not all on Foles. 

And that Sunday benching has turned into a season-long benching. Because this is Minshew’s team now. From Foles Speed Ahead to Minshew Mania. 

They had to make the move. Jacksonville has made some strange moves, but this one was undeniable. I don’t care what kind of contract Nick Foles was signed to, it just wasn’t working out this year. And Minshew Mania is real, at least for this season. That’s an offense and a fanbase that needs a spark and the Mustachioed One can bring it.  

And this is not going to become a cheap and lazy segment where Nick Foles gets bashed. Nick Foles is an absolute legend. Seriously. That Super Bowl run in Philadelphia is the stuff of a Hollywood movie. 

So I’m not here to kill him. Nor am I here to crack on him for his contract. He earned every penny of that. As I’ve said before, timing is everything in the NFL and if you’re a quarterback and someone is going to pay you a huge amount of money, you’d be a fool to turn it down. 

So things didn’t work out in Jacksonville for Foles, that’s fine. He’s got nothing to be ashamed of. Foles suffered a broken collarbone in the first half of his first game with the team, then tried to come back and he just wasn’t able to produce. He had 782yards and a total of 33 points in three games since coming back from injury. 

Jacksonville thought they were a quarterback away from being good when they signed him. And it was a deal that a bunch of people liked. Because Jacksonville needed a quarterback. They just didn’t know they’d find that quarterback in the sixth round of this year’s draft.

Because when Foles went down, Minshew came in and gave them a lift. Check that, he gave them more than a lift, he gave them energy and an identity on offense. 

That’s huge. But then when he stumbled in London, the Jags went back to Foles, because they had to. You have to see what you had in that guy and in that contract. 

And a few really rough games later, they know. And they knew they had to make the move back to the Mania. Because you can’t keep running Foles out there because of the contract.  

And especially not when the fans were booing on Sunday and chanting for Minshew. When you can’t give the fans wins, you might as well give the fans Minshew.Because that cat can lead to wins.  

Just the mention of Minshew’s name gives life to Jags fans. They’re still going to finish at or below .500. But at least they feel like there’s hope. And that hope comes in the form of a dude with a mustache, and a middle name of Flint, who could actually have been named Beowulf. That is the kind of hope we all need.