While the entire Jaguars season has been a nightmare for fans and the team, one player who spoke about it after the 20-10 loss to the Broncos Sunday was quarterback Blake Bortles.
After it looked like last season Bortles was turning the corner into being a top flight NFL quarterback, this season he’s been downright bad, throwing 15 picks, three of which have gone the other way for scores, like Sunday against Denver.
“It’s the biggest nightmare possible,” Bortles said after Sunday’s 20-10 loss to Denver in which he committed three turnovers. “But what are you going to do about it? You can’t sit there in a corner and pout. You can’t blame people. You can’t feel sorry for yourself because I think all that’s going to do is affect the way I play.”
“You can’t press,” Bortles said. “I think I was doing some of that early in the season and that didn’t go well. You’ve got to stay true to what we do and what we believe in and go through the process. For me, it’s obviously still trying to take care of the ball. All you can do is put your head down and continue to play as hard as you can and prepare each week.”
“It’s been tough, but something that’s cool about it is you get 16 opportunities, so we’ve got four more chances,” Bortles said. “Obviously, the first 12 didn’t go the way we wanted to by any means, personally or as an offense or as a team. I think everybody knows that and understands it. You’ve got four more chances and then a bunch of time off, so let’s go try and play as well as we possibly can for four games and see what happens.”