Blake Bortles slams fans who criticized play-calling

After a dreadful offensive showing in last Sunday’s season-opening home loss to the Panthers, Blake Bortles isn’t too popular among the Jaguars’ fanbase.

Apparently, the feeling is mutual.

The second-year quarterback on Wednesday fired back at fans who questioned the team’s play-calling, likening them to know-nothing gradeschoolers.

Not the type of analogy you want to hear from the potential face of your franchise. Especially when the fans have a right to be critical.

Put bluntly, Bortles struggled mightily against Carolina, completing 22-of-40 passes for just 183 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions — including a pick-six. It was a back-breaker for the Jags, who were trailing 10-9 in the third quarter before Bortles’ self-destructed on a badly telegraphed pass attempt.

Very, very badly.

The Jaguars were held out of the end zone, due in part to Bortles’ accuracy issues. It’s interesting because we heard all offseason of his improved mechanics, and saw him turn in a solid preseason. Seems the games get tougher when they start counting for real. Surprise.

Things likely won’t get any easier for Bortles in Week 2, when he faces the Dolphins’ stingy defense on the road. He figures to be pressured early and often, which could translate into further ineptitude on offense.

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Zack Kelberman
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