Jaguars name Cody Kessler as starter

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Jacksonville Jaguars fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Monday. The team also benched Blake Bortles.

He has been replaced by Cody Kessler. Quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich will call the plays for the rest of the season.

Kessler will start on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler attempts a pass against the Houston Texas
Cody Kessler attempts a pass against the Houston Texas (Getty Images)

“I’m making this change to give us an opportunity to win a football game,” Marrone said, per John Reid of the Florida Times Union. “Cody knows the offense … and I talked to him on what’s expected of him.”

This is the second-time Bortles has been benched this season. Kessler replaced Bortles in Week 7 against the Houston Texans.

“Any time you’re losing, it’s not just on one person,” Marrone added. “It’s on everyone, and, obviously, when I say that, I understand and take responsibility for those as far as being the head coach.”

Kessler — who was acquired last off-season in a trade with the Cleveland Browns — has gone 21 of 30 for 156 yards this season with the Jaguars. The 25-year-old Bakersfield, California native also has a touchdown and an interception.

He will be making his first start since the 2016 season with the Cleveland Browns. He is 0-8 as an NFL starter, while making 13 appearances overall. He has gone 160 of 248 for 1,662 yards. He also has seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

The 26-year-old Oviedo, Florida native has gone 3-8 in 11 starts this season. He has gone 223 of 369 for 2,572 yards. He also has 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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