When the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars twice last season, the black-and-gold fan base kept saying the same thing repeatedly.
“The Steelers just lost the Blake Bortles and the Jaguars...twice.”
It wasn’t how the Steelers lost the Jacksonville twice, but the fact the man who was benched for poor play midway through the season somehow came into Heinz Field and did more than enough to win, especially in the playoffs.
Bortles beat the Steelers in a variety of ways. In the first meeting, in Week 5, Bortles used his legs to convert several key third downs when it mattered most, and in the playoffs Bortles could do whatever he wanted — pass or throw.
I would go as far as saying if Bortles and the Jaguars would have lost to the Steelers in the Divisional round of the AFC Playoffs, he would be looking for a new home next season. Instead, Bortles big game against the Steelers which propelled the team to the AFC Championship game vs. the New England Patriots has earned him a new contract.
Jacksonville’s three-year, $54 million deal with Blake Bortles essentially serves as a bridge for both:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2018
It allows Bortles time to shine and try to earn another lucrative extension - or for the team to have added time to find another QB.
While Jacksonville did break the bank to lock up Bortles for the next three seasons, Bortles should be sending a nice large ‘Thank You’ card to the 412 area code.
In the meantime, Steelers fans will continue to mutter under their breathe...
“I can’t believe they lost to Blake Bortles...”