The Jacksonville Jaguars, along with the Carolina Panthers, joined the NFL as expansion teams for the 1995 season. This makes the Jaguars one of the youngest teams in the league. The team was purchased by Pakistani-born businessman Shahid Khan in 2011, and he's been trying to put together a successful team ever since.
For years the Jaguars have been one of the worst teams in the league in terms of their record. They haven't had a winning season since 2007. It seems every year the Jaguars are picking early in the draft. This year however, it seems the Jags have got it right and actually have assembled a team that is capable of not only winning a few games, but really putting up a fight to win the division. There is a ton of talent on this team now, and it really is about time their fans had something to cheer about.
Head Coach: Doug Marrone
The Jaguars have added as many talented players in free agency and the draft as any franchise in the league, especially on defence. Yet they continue to fall flat when games count. The coaching staff is dealing with a mini crisis, too, since Blake Bortles' regression has led the team to question whether he's the right man for the job. You get the feeling that this year will be Bortles' last chance to prove whether he is good enough to lead this franchise forward. All the talent in the world means little if a team doesn't find any consistency from the game's most important position.
Bortles' play has been too inconsistent the last few seasons, and threw far too many picks last year. If Bortles cleans up his mistakes, then this offence has the potential to be very dangerous. They have 2 excellent receivers in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Every QBs best friend is a good running game, and first round pick Leonard Fournette, an old-school thumper, should give the Jags a lethal running game. Even though the Jags finished near the bottom in offence last year, all the pieces are now in place to have a great attack as long as Bortles plays well enough.
The defence has all the potential to be special this year. On paper every aspect of the defence looks superb. They were already a top 5 pass defence last year, and only got stronger with the addition of CB A.J. Bouye to pair with last year's rookie sensation Jalen Ramsey. Add star DE Calais Campbell to an already stout defensive line which should be sending offensive lines into fits. Many fans have already dubbed them 'Sacksonville' for their ability to rush the quarterback. This defence should be fun to watch, and more importantly should keep games close enough to help the offence win games.
Jalen Ramsey, CB
The Jaguars hit a home run when they drafted Jalen Ramsey in the 2016 draft. Ramsey came into the league with huge hype, but experts weren't sure if he was better suited at playing corner or safety. Jacksonville decided to put him out as a corner, and he has excelled at the position, something most rookies struggle with.
It's safe to assume that Ramsey will be the next big shutdown corner in the league. He only turns 23 this season, so the sky really is the limit for the former Florida State superstar. Even at such a young age he's being asked to lineup against his opponent's number one recever, and he definitely doesn't look out of place. If his career continues how it's started, the Jaguars will have themselves a lockdown corner for the next decade.
Other notable players: QB - Blake Bortles. RB - Leonard Fournette (R). WR - Allen Robinson. WR - Allen Hurns. DE - Calais Campbell. DT - Malik Jackson. DE- Dante Fowler Jr., LB - Myles Jack. LB- Telvin Smith. CB - A.J. Bouye.
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EverBank Field was opened in 1995, and is located in downtown Jacksonville. It is also one of the venues used by the United States men's national soccer team.
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Jacksonville is a large city in northeastern Florida where the St. John’s River meets the Atlantic Ocean. A regional business center, it has many museums and cultural offerings. Swimming and surfing are popular at nearby barrier island beaches such as Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach. Championship golf courses in the area include Ponte Vedra Beach’s TPC Sawgrass, headquarters of the PGA Tour.
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AFC South - 2
Playoff Appearances - 6
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007
All Time Record
(Since end of 2016 Season)
Wins: 155 Losses: 197 Ties: 0
Wins: 5 Losses: 6
Wins: 160 Losses: 203 Ties: 0