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Jacksonville Jaguars


1995-99  2000-2009 

The History of the Jacksonville Jaguars

1989-1994: In 1989 Touchdown Jacksonville is formed with the ultimate goal of landing a NFL team in Northern Florida. However, Jacksonville was considered a long shot at best for the planned NFL expansion. This did not deter, Touchdown Jacksonville who was so confident in landing a team they even selected a name in fan contest in 1991. In 1992 Jacksonville was one of five finalists for expansion in 1995, but most still considered them a long shot. However, Touchdown Jacksonville impressed the NFL expansion committee with its organization, as well as the fact that they were able to sell allot of application for season tickets. When the NFL finally decided to make a vote for the two new teams, only Carolina was selected, as the NFL owners who were initially against a third NFL team in Florida began to come around. Eventually even these owners had to give in and on November 30th the NFL voted to award Jacksonville an NFL franchise to begin play in 1995. While the historic Gator Bowl is demolished so a brand new state of the art stadium could take its place, the Jaguars begin to assemble the foundation of the franchise. On February 21st Boston College head Coach Tom Coughlin is hired Coach, and head of football operations. Prior to coaching at Boston College Coughlin was one of Bill Parcells' top assistants on two New York Giants Super Bowl teams. However, there were some problems in the early going the logo the Jaguars first introduced resembled the logo trade marked by the Jaguar Automobile Company, which created the threat of a lawsuit, and caused the Jaguars to change their logos before ever playing a game.

: On September 3rd the Jaguars played their first game for keep in the brand new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The Jaguars would end up losing their inaugural game 10-3 to the Houston Oilers before 72,623 fans. The Jaguars would end up losing their first three games before winning a rematch with Oilers 17-16 in Houston on October 1st. A week later the Jaguars will get their first home win by stunning the eventual AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers 20-16. It was the first time ever an expansion team has ever defeated a team that would go on to play in the Super Bowl the same season.  However, the Jaguars would only win two more games the rest of the season sweeping a distracted Cleveland Browns team with a win in Cleveland on October 22nd and a season finale win in Jacksonville on December 24th to close out the season with a 4-12 record.

: The Jaguars get their second season started in style by beating the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers 24-9. It marks the first time ever that the Jaguars do not allow a Touchdown in a game. However the young Jaguars continue to struggle getting off to a 3-7 start, but despite the early losses Quarterback Mark Brunnel starts to make a name for himself with a few 300 yard plus passing games. Also establishing themselves are Wide Receivers Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith in one game alone McCardell catches 16 passes the 3rd highest single game mark in NFL history. Despite the individual success the team continued to lose and frustration began to mount with Coach Tom Coughlin who has a reputation as a heavy handed coach and his players who were frustrated with losing. After a spirited team meeting Coughlin agrees to lay off a little, and the team would respond. The Jaguars would win their next 5 games to put them in position to make the playoffs with a win in their final game against the Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The Jaguars would get off to a 19-17 lead but as time waned the Falcons drove down the field to get into Field Goal range. With only five seconds remaining the Falcons sent the usually automatic Morten Andersen out to kick a 30-yard chip shot Field Goal that would have ended the Jags hopes. However, destiny smiled on Jacksonville as Andersen's kick sailed wide left, and the Jaguars would hold on to win, and earn a playoff berth with a 9-7 record. Entering the playoff not much was expected from the surprising second year team as they entered a Wild Card game against the Bills in Buffalo where no road team had ever won a postseason game. However, led by fullback Natrone Means the Jaguars continued their hot streak stunning the Bills 30-27 to advance to the Divisional Round. The Jaguars next opponents were the Denver Broncos, who also had a dominant home field history in the postseason. The Jaguars are listed as 14-point underdogs, while a member of the Denver media confuses the home city of the Jaguars identifying them as hailing from Jackson, Mississippi. The Jaguars would fall behind early as the Broncos jump out to a 14-3 lead. However, the Jaguars would battle back to take a lead in the 3rd Quarter, the Jaguars would expand their lead to ten points midway through the 4th Quarter as millions watched stunned. The Broncos would score to get back within a Field Goal, but the Jaguars would recover an on-side kick to seal a stunning 30-27 win to advance to the AFC Championship Game. However, the Jaguars Cinderella season would end with a 20-6 loss to the Patriots in frigid New England. Turnovers would end up being the undoing of the Jaguars, as the Patriots scored 17 points off Jacksonville mistakes.

: The Jaguars season almost ends before it even begins as Quarterback Mark Brunell suffers a knee injury in preseason. Fortunately the injury was not as serious as initially thought and the Jaguars young Quarterback was able to return in the third week of the season. In Brunell's absence the Jaguars were able to win their first two games behind back-ups Rob Johnson, and Steve Mathews. Brunell's return on September 22nd coincided with first ever Monday Night game in Jacksonville. Brunell threw for 306 yards, but the victory wasn't clinched until the final play, when Clyde Simmons blocked a 40-yard game-winning field goal attempt and Chris Hudson returned the ball 58 yards for a touchdown as time expired.  The Jaguars would end the season with an 11-5 record, that had them tied with Steelers for the AFC Central title, but the Steelers claimed the division by a tiebreaker. The Jaguars would find themselves in a Wild Card rematch with Denver Broncos. However, the Broncos would not be beaten again as they hammered the Jaguars 42-17 at Denver, beginning a run that would take them to the Super Bowl Championship.

: The Jaguars get off to a 5-0 start, highlighted by a 28-21 win over the Miami Dolphins during a Monday Night game on October 12th. The win over the Dolphins is highlighted by several big plays including a 77-yard Touchdown run by Running Back Fred Taylor, and two 4th Quarter Mark Brunell Touchdown passes to Keenan McCardell. However, the Jaguars would struggle the rest of the way only winning 6 of their last 11 games. However it was good enough to give their second consecutive 11-5 season, which this time was good enough for the Jaguars to claim their first division title. In their first-ever home playoff game, the Jaguars defeat the New England Patriots 25-10. Mark Brunell returns after missing three games with an ankle injury to throw a Touchdown pass and Mike Hollis kicks four field goals in the NFL three vs. six game during Wild Card weekend. The Jaguars would then travel to the Meadowlands to face the Jets in the Divisional Round. The Jaguars would prove to be pesky for the favored Jets, but in the end they could not stop the Jets from scoring as the Jaguars season ended with a 34-24 loss.

: The Jaguars dominate the AFC from the start of the season which began with a 41-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers at Alltel Stadium. The Jaguars would roll throughout the entire season including winning a franchise record 11 straight games, before finishing the season with a 14-2 record. Leading the way for the Jaguars who earn the number one seed in the playoffs are Wide Receiver Jimmy Smith who leads the NFL with 116 receptions, and a defense that allows only 217 points. The Jaguars dominance continues in the Divisional Round of the playoffs as the Jaguars trounce the Dolphins 62-7 before a crazed home crowd at Alltel Stadium. The game which marked the end of Dan Marino, and Jimmy Johnson's careers in Miami served notice that the Jaguars were the dominant team in the Sunshine State, as even the Jaguars back-up Quarterback Jay Fiedler torched the Dolphins in the second half. Jacksonville's 62 points and 55-point margin are the second most ever in NFL postseason history, and Fred Taylor's 90-yard run is the longest ever in an NFL playoff game. In the AFC Championship Game the Jaguars were heavy favorites against the Tennessee Titans, and even went into halftime with a 14-10 lead. However, the Titans would shut down the Jaguars in the second half on their way to a 33-14 victory to earn a trip to Super Bowl XXXIV.

: The Jaguars would win two or their first three games including the teams first ever shutout a 13-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on September 17th. However, injuries and poor play would lead to five straight losses that would end the Jaguars playoff hopes in October. The Jaguars would rebound to get their record to 7-7, but they were already mathematically eliminated from the postseason before losing their final two games to end the season with a disappointing 7-9 record.

: The Jaguars got a good jump out of the gate winning their first two games while only allowing nine points. However, injuries and the Jaguars lack of depth would catch up to them quickly as they lost eight of their next nine games to fall out of playoff contention. The Jaguars would win their next three games on the road, before finishing the season with a disappointing 6-10 record.

: The Jaguars would get off to a solid start winning three straight after losing their season opener to the Indianapolis Colts. However, the Jags would soon come crashing to earth as they lost four straight games,  including a 21-19 home loss to the expansion Houston Texans. The Jaguars would rebound to get their record back to .500 by beating the Washington Redskins and the Texans in their rematch in Houston. However, the Jags would lose five of their last six games as they finished in third place in the newly formed AFC South with a record of 6-10. After three consecutive disappointing seasons, Tom Coughlin the Jaguars original coach and General Manager would be fired.  

: Heading into the season with new Coach Jack Del Rio most expected the Jaguars to go through a season of transition. Things would not get off to a good start as the Jaguars held a 17-0 lead in Week 1 on the road against the Carolina Panthers, but let it slip away in the final minute losing 24-23. The Jags would lose their first four games as Quarterback Mark Brunnel was shelved with a season ending elbow injury after just three weeks. The loss of Brunnel only gave the Jaguars a chance to allow their top draft pick and Quarterback of the future Byron Leftwich get his feet wet. As with most rookies, Leftwich was shaky in his first few games as the Jags won just one of their next four games starting the season 1-7. However as the season improved so did Leftwich and the Jaguars as they won three of their last five games to finish the season with a 5-11 record.  Following the season the transition continued as Mark Brunnel the Jags starting Quarterback since early in their inaugural season was traded to the Washington Redskins.

: The Jaguars started the season in dramatic fashion as the beat the Buffalo Bills on the road 13-10 on a Byron Leftwich seven yard pass to Ernest Wilford. A week later in their home opener Leftwich found Wilford early and let the defense do the rest in a 7-6 win over the Denver Broncos. The Jaguars would eventually improve to 3-0 beating the Tennessee Titans on the road 15-12 as Fred Taylor scored with nine seconds left. After losing their next two games the Jaguars pulled off some more late game heroics beating the Kansas City Chiefs 22-16 as Byron Leftwich found Cortez Hankton in the end zone with 45 seconds left. Late game heroics continued for the Jaguars in Indianapolis as they beat the Colts 27-24 on a 53-yard Field Goal by Josh Scobee in the final minute. After a disappointing loss to the Houston Texans the Jaguars again won in dramatic fashion beating the Detroit Lions in overtime 23-17 as David Garrard playing in place of an injured Byron Leftwich connected with Jimmy Smith on a 36-yard Touchdown pass. However, after going through the ringer with some many dramatic finishes early in the season the Jaguars seemed to be running out of gas as they dropped three games in a row. After bouncing back to beat the Chicago Bears the Jaguars traveled to a frigid Lambeau Field and stunned the Green Bay Packers 28-25 to keep their playoff hopes alive. However ,it was not meant to be as they were shutout at home by the Texans 21-0 in the next to last game of the season. The Jags would go on to beat the Oakland Raiders on the road 13-6, scoring all their points in the 4th Quarter in typical Jaguar fashion as they finished with a 9-7, which was good enough for second place in the AFC South.

2005: After a solid 9-7 season the Jaguars entered the new season with renewed playoff optimism, that optimism would be well rewarded in Week 1 as the Jaguars had an impressive 26-14 win over the Seattle Seahawks. The following week the Jaguars would travel to Indianapolis for a showdown with the Colts. The Jaguars tough defense clamped down hard on Peyton Manning allowing just 122 passing yards as they held a 3-0 lead most of the game. However, the Colts defense was just as strong and eventually the Colts as they scored 10 unanswered points in the 4th Quarter to beat the Jaguars 10-3. The following week the Jaguars had another tough battle on their hands as they needed overtime to beat the New York Jets 26-20 as Byron Leftwich hit Jimmy Smith on a 36-yard Touchdown pass. After a loss to the Denver Broncos the Jaguars behind a 132 yard rushing game from Fred Taylor beat the Cincinnati Bengals, then followed it up by beating a Pittsburgh Steelers team playing without Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as Rashean Mathis intercepted a pass from Tommy Maddox and returned 41 yards for a Touchdown in overtime to give the Jaguars as 23-17 win. Following a disappointing setback to the St. Louis Rams, the Jaguars took advantage of the week portion of their schedule winning three straight before losing before losing Byron Leftwich to an ankle injury early in a game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Jags would still manage to win the game as back up David Garrard was mistake free as Derrick Winbush ran back kickoff 91 yards for a Touchdown as the Jaguars continued their winning streak with a 24-17 win. Despite not having Leftwich the rest of the regular season the Jaguars led by a strong defense and an offense that held on to the ball managed to win four of their remaining five games to earn a playoff spot with a solid record of 12-4. The Jaguars would get Byron Leftwich back for the playoffs as they faced the tough task of facing the two time defending champion New England Patriots in Foxboro. Leftwich was clearly rusty as the Jaguars managed to score just three points as the Patriots broke the game open late taking advantage of a Jaguars team that seemed overwhelmed by their playoff surrounding losing 28-3.

: Coming off a playoff appearance, hopes were high in Jacksonville as the Jaguars had one of the top young defenses in the NFL. The Jaguars would get off to a strong start winning their opener 24-17 over the Dallas Cowboys, before blanking the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers 9-0 on Monday Night. However, the Jaguars would suffer two painful losses on the road as they lost to the Indianapolis Colts, before suffering a 36-30 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at the hands of former Jaguar Quarterback Mark Brunell. The Jaguars would return home and bounce back with a 41-0 thumping of the New York Jets. However the following week the Jaguars would be stunned again on the road losing to the Houston Texans 27-7. That loss would mark the end of Quarterback Byron Leftwich's season as an ankle injury forced him to miss the last 10 games. With backup Quarterback David Garrard the Jaguars would win three of their next four games. Following a 27-24 heartbreaking loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Jaguars played their best two games of the season beating the Miami Dolphins 24-10, before running over the Colts in a 44-17 win at home that saw the emergence of Rookie Running Back Maurice Jones-Drew who scored two rushing touchdowns with 166 yards rushing, while adding a 93-yard kickoff return for a Touchdown, as the Jaguars rushed for 375 yards as a team. At 8-5 the Jaguars were in strong position for another playoff run, but it would be the last win of the season as the injuries just caught up with them as they lost their last three games and finished with a disappointing 8-8 record.

: Coming off their disappointing finish the Jaguars dropped a bomb shell at the end of the preseason when they released Quarterback Byron Leftwich, turning the job over to David Garrad on a full time basis. At first it looked as if the move would back fire as the Jaguars struggled in their first two games a hard fought 13-10 loss at home to the Tennessee Titans and a 13-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons. However, as Garrad got more comfortable starting the Jaguars started to look like a Super Bowl contender as they stunned the Denver Broncos on the road 23-14. After winning their next two games the Jaguars entered their first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts with a 4-1 record and a chance to climb into first place. However, the defending Super Bowl Champions proved to be too tough and they beat up the Jags 29-7. With Garrad shaken up the Jaguars were forced to start Quinn Gray at quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the defense rose to the occasion with Aaron Glenn returning an interception for a Touchdown as the stunned their Sunshine State rivals 24-23 on the road. After splitting their next two games, David Garrad returned and the Jaguars continued to roll winning two straight heading into their rematch with the Colts. Once again the Colts put the Jaguars in an early hole, but the Jags would not go down without a fight making a late charge, but fell three points shot 28-25. Following the Colts loss the Jaguars played some of their best football of the season crushing the Carolina Panthers, with Fred Taylor providing the game's biggest highlight on an 80-yard Touchdown run. A week later it was Taylor again, scoring the game winning touchdown with 1:57 left as the Jags stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 29-22. Taylor would finish the season with 1,202 yards rushing, making the Pro Bowl for the first time n his career. The Jaguars would continue to roll a week later as they crushed the Oakland Raiders 49-11 to lock up a playoff berth. After closing the season with a meaningless loss to the Houston Texans the Jaguars who posted an 11-5 record returned to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in the Wild Card Round, with defense and their running game the Jaguars established an early lead as they entered the fourth quarter with a 28-10 lead. However, the Steelers made a furious rally scoring three touchdowns in the fourth to take a 29-28 lead, (missing two two-point conversion attempts). The Jaguars would not fade away as Josh Scobee hit a 25-yard field goal with 37 seconds left to give the Jaguars a dramatic 31-29 win to take advantage of those missed two point attempts. A week later against the unbeaten New England Patriots the Jaguars, made a game of it in Foxboro as they went to halftime tied at 14. However, the Patriots would pull away at the end beating the Jags for the second time in three years 31-20.

: After reaching the second round of the playoffs the Jaguars entered the season with hopes of joining the elite of the AFC. However, two straight losses to start the season put them in a hole they would not be able to dig themselves out of. Particularly frustrating was their Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills in their home opener, as the Bills scored ten unanswered points in the game's final 4:10 to win 20-16. The Jags would recover the following week to stun the Indianapolis Colts 23-21 on the road, as Kicker Josh Scobee nailed a game winning 51 yard Field Goal with four seconds remaining. Scobee would be the hero again a week later, as the Jaguars beat the Houston Texans in overtime 30-27, hitting the game winning 37 yard Field Goal in an exciting back and forth battle. After splitting their next two games, the Jaguars stumbled badly out of the bye week, losing six of their next seven games to fall out of playoff contention. During the slump the Jaguars only win would come against the winless Detroit Lions. The Jaguars would rebound to beat the Green Bay Packers 20-16 as Maurice Jones-Drew scored a game winning Touchdown with under two minutes left. However, it would be the final win of the season, as the Jaguars lost their last two games, and finished the season with a dreadful 5-11 record.

2009:  The 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the 15th season for the team in the National Football League. The Jaguars improved upon their 5–11 record in 2008, however did not make the playoffs. 
The team got new uniforms for the 2009 season.Team owner Wayne Weaver reportedly wanted to "clean up" the look, feeling that the team had too many uniform styles.

Tom Coughlin 1995-2002
Jack Del Rio 2003-Present

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