Doug Marrone said that a key reason Jacksonville signed Mike Glennon is the QB's familiarity with the concepts the Jaguars offense uses. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars made the somewhat surprising decision to bring in Mike Glennon as a veteran backup to Gardner Minshew, and coach Doug Marrone is explaining why.

While it made sense for the Jaguars to bring in a veteran backup, few expected it to be Glennon, who is 6-16 in his career as an NFL starter. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said that a key reason is Glennon’s familiarity with the concepts the Jaguars offense uses, with the QB having played for offensive coordinator Jay Gruden’s brother Jon in Oakland last year.

“There are things that are different, but the philosophy is pretty much the same,” Marrone said, via John Oehser of the Jaguars' official website. “I pretty much relied on all the work we did on him coming out and how this guy was going to be able to fit into what we wanted to do and fit into the locker room and quarterback room. I was just looking to be sure we got the best guy for our team.”

Marrone spoke of the “veteran presence” that Glennon brings. It’s why some thought they might want Cam Newton, and one of their own players suggested bringing in the former Carolina quarterback. This is apparently about familiarity, however, and Glennon fit the bill for Jacksonville, for better or worse.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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