JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jaguars go with quarterback Mike Glennon on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, giving the NFL buddy his first start in more than three years.
Coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday, three days after he considered benching rookie Jake Luton during a 27-3 defeat to the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Luton completed 16 of 37 passes in 151 yards and threw four interceptions against the Steelers.
Luton were unbeaten in three starts for Jacksonville (1-9), which has fallen nine in a row. The slider ties the longest single-season lost streak in franchise history.
Luton replaced Gardner Minshew (thumb) during the team’s city week and have completed 54.5% of his passes in 624 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions. He has also been fired seven times. His inexperience showed up in all three games, first down the stretch in close losses to Houston and Green Bay, and then as he battled the Lightning Steelers.
Minshew resumed the throw last week, but Marrone has not seen enough to believe he is ready to return.
The 30-year-old Glennon has started 22 of the 29 games he has played in seven NFL seasons with the Raiders, Arizona, Chicago and Tampa Bay. He has 36 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.
The Buccaneers pulled him out in the third round in 2013. He earned $ 18.5 million during his one season with the Bears, making his final start in Week 4 of 2017.
Glennon was then benched for Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky, who got bench for Nick Foles, who got bench in Jacksonville for Minshew, who was replaced by Luton, who is now benched in favor of Glennon.