Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles just tallied his third 3,500-yard passing season in his last three years, but Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is unimpressed. He thinks even less of what the QB can do in crunch time.
“As long as Bortles is back there, if the ballgame is in his hands, he’s going to choke,” Casey told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville Tuesday, via ESPN.
However, when Casey’s comments drew headlines, he later clarified that he was merely trying to get his teammates fired up for a rematch:
— Jurrell Casey (@Jurrellc) January 3, 2018
The Titans took down the Jaguars 15-10 Sunday, locking up their first playoff appearance in the Marcus Mariota era. Bortles finished the game 15 of 34 passing for 158 yards with two interceptions. In two games against the Titans this season Bortles threw one touchdown to four interceptions.
Tennessee won the two matchups by a combined score of 52-26, and while those two wins were not enough to earn them the AFC South titile, it was more than enough to give the Titans the right to talk some smack.
“King of the South? King of the South? Sounds great, but gotta be able to beat us,” Casey said Sunday. “Jacksonville didn’t play great today. Appreciate the turnovers. Helped us out a lot.”
The Jaguars take on the Bills in the wild card round Sunday while the Titans face off with the Chiefs Saturday.