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Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles compares fans to kindergartners

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Blake Bortles hasn’t won much as an NFL player. He isn’t likely to win this one, either.

Bortles reacted to fans’ questioning the play-calling of the Jags by dismissing the criticism. “It’s like a kindergartner saying something to a college kid,” Bortles said.

In a way, Bortles has a point. Coaches spend all week developing a game plan, and quarterbacks study their entire lives to make it to the NFL. But Bortles can’t win in what is sure to be a criticism of the fans.

Besides, are the Jags doing a good job with the play-calling? After all, they’ve won only nine games in the last three seasons, so it doesn’t seem as if they’re passing secret formulas around. And while a lot of scouts still think highly of Bortles, he’s only 3-11 as a starting quarterback. Hardly Mensa stuff.

To understand the criticism better, one would have to know what level of questioning the play-calling is getting. Are people saying that the Jags don’t block the weakside trap properly? In such a case, they’re probably in over their heads. But if they say the team, say, doesn’t run the ball enough or seems confused near the goal line, that seems fair.

This much is sure. You accept the cheers from a fan, then you accept the criticism. That’s the way it works. And the Jaguars certainly have some second-guessing coming. It’s silly to suggest that only players in the NFL can criticize players in the NFL.

Besides, some of those Kindergarten kids are pretty sharp.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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