Blake Bortles wants it to be known that he isn’t the only one to blame for the Jaguars’ struggles.
Talking about the criticism that he receives, Bortles had an interesting way to describe himself. Matter of fact, this is just pathetic.
Blake Bortles: “I’m like the scapegoat for this team” https://t.co/oUpoWotICt pic.twitter.com/TCF98yvMbL
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) October 25, 2018
While it may be true that Jacksonville’s troubles don’t just come at the hands of its quarterback, Bortles didn’t have to explain himself in this way. Particularly when he hasn’t held his weight on the team, he can’t suggest that he’s a scapegoat when what people are saying about him is true.
Yes, it’s a team game and the entire lineup is at fault, but Bortles has to accept responsibility as well. Now in his fifth year, Bortles has the most interceptions of anyone in the NFL during the amount of time he has spent in the league.
Blake Bortles has the most INT (72) in the NFL over the last 5 seasons
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 21, 2018
Some, including Stephen A. Smith, think Bortles needs to go in order for Jacksonville to transition into a winning team.
Blake Bortles has gotta go. pic.twitter.com/GOBV5G1n81
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 23, 2018
It’s not all Bortles’ fault, but it’s not conducive to a winning atmosphere and won’t win over any teammates if he wants to call himself a scapegoat.