NFL Team Guide for The Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2019 season with newfound hope after landing an upgrade under center. A franchise with minimal playoff success over the past two decades finally had hope again in the form of new quarterback Nick Foles.
That hope quickly faded when Foles was injured in week 1 of the 2019 season and later traded to the Chicago Bears.
Whether or not you are still interested in betting on the Jaguars, use this page for the latest Jaguars news, updates, stats, records, and general team history.
Jacksonville Jaguars Overview and Key Information
The Jacksonville Jaguars have only been a part of the NFL since 1995 when they, along with the Carolina Panthers, were added as an expansion team. The Jaguars were initially part of the now-defunct Central Division but have been in the AFC South with the Titans, Texans, and Colts since 2002.
Over the franchise’s more than 20-year history, they’ve made seven playoff appearances (1996-2017). But the Jaguars and the Houston Texans are the only two teams that can’t claim even one Super Bowl appearance.
With the construction of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, now called TIAA Bank Field, the Jaguars were the first expansion team to move into a brand-new facility. TIAA Bank Field is located in the downtown Jacksonville area and held 72,363 for the first home game in ’95.
In 2016, Doug Marrone signed on as the sixth head coach in the organization’s history. Under Marrone, the Jaguars made their first playoff appearance in 2017 after a ten-year dry spell.
- AFC South
- Current Team Location
- Jacksonville, Florida
- TIAA Bank Field
- Head Coach
- Urban Meyer
- Shahid Khan
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $2.08 billion (25th)
Jacksonville Jaguars Team History
Except for the Houston Texans, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers are the new kids on the NFL block. Both the Jags and the Panthers joined the league as expansion teams in 1995. While Carolina was given the first go-ahead, Jacksonville seemed to be a longshot, but the city beat out contenders like St. Louis and Baltimore.
The new TIAA Bank Field, initially known as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, was built on the site of the old Gator Bowl Stadium and was ready in time for the Jaguars’ opening day in 1995.
Tom Coughlin was the Jaguars’ first head coach, and only five have followed since. Coughlin coached the new team to two AFC Central championships in 1998 and 1999 and four playoff appearances. But the Jags and the Houston Texans are the only two teams in the NFL that have never made it to a Super Bowl or NFL championship game to date.
In 2002, the Jaguars were part of the NFL’s realignment removing the AFC Central division and adding Jacksonville to the AFC South with the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. The new Houston Texans were also added to the division.
The Jaguars’ last playoff appearance was in 2017 under head coach Doug Marrone. They took first in the division with a 10-6 record, won the wild-card playoff against the Bills and the division playoffs versus the Steelers, but lost the AFC Championship to the Patriots.
Super Bowl Appearances and Playoff History
Considering the Jaguars have only been around since 1995, they’ve actually had a fairly impressive playoff history. They got back to the playoffs under current coach Doug Marrone in 2017, which snapped a nine-year drought.
Jacksonville had solid playoff success prior to that skid, however, reaching the playoffs six times under Tom Coughlin and Jack Del Rio.
Coughlin is easily the most successful Jaguars coach of all time, having pushed the Jags to two different AFC title games, as well as an impressive 14-2 during the 1999 season.
Doug Marrone had the Jaguars back on the cusp of greatness in 2017, with the franchise reaching its third AFC title game.
- Super Bowl Appearances: 0
- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- AFC South Championships: 2017
- AFC Central Championships: 1999, 1998
- Playoff Appearances: 2017, 2007, 2005, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Home Stadium – TIAA Bank Field
- Inaugurated: 1995
- Capacity: 69,132
- Grass or Turf: Grass
Since the Jaguars’ first home game, TIAA Bank Field (aka Jacksonville Municipal Stadium) has been the official stadium for the team.
It was built to replace the old Gator Bowl Stadium and stands on the same site on the St. Johns River in the downtown Jacksonville area. The stadium features 11,200 club seats, 88 luxury suites, and one super suite. It’s used for football as well as concerts, soccer, and other special events.
Since 2010, the stadium has been called EverBank Field. But after TIAA Bank acquired EverBank, another change was necessary.
- Stadium Address: TIAA Bank Field, 1 EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202
- Mailing Address: Jacksonville Jaguars, c/o TIAA Bank Field, 1 EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202
- Phone: 904-633-6000
Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coaches
Jacksonville has only been around since 1995, so it shouldn’t shock anyone that they don’t have a long list of coaches in their franchise history. Despite the small count, there are only a few worth actually mentioning.
Coughlin would one day lead the New York Giants to two Lombardi Trophies, but before that, he built the Jaguars into a title contender in their own right. Jacksonville has still never been to the big game, but the team got within striking distance (AFC championship) twice under Coughlin’s watch.
Coughlin also produced some of the best seasons in Jaguars history, notching an elite 14-2 run in 1999 where Jacksonville only lost to the rival Titans (three times) as well as three seasons with 11+ wins.
Now the Executive VP of Football Operations for the Jags, Coughlin tentatively serves as the most successful coach in team history.
Jack Del Rio
After three straight losing seasons, the Jags and Coughlin opted to part ways ahead of the 2002 season. In came the defensive-minded Del Rio, who quickly turned Jacksonville back into a playoff threat.
The Jaguars went 9-7 in Del Rio’s second season and enjoyed a 12-4 playoff run in year three. Del Rio had some trying times during his tenure, but he made the playoffs twice (earning one win) and notched five seasons at 8-8 or better across eight seasons.
While Jack Del Rio may have the longevity with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Coughlin is the coach behind the team’s only two AFC Championship games in 1996 and 1999.
Doug Marrone is the current head coach for Jacksonville, taking over from Gus Bradley at the end of ’16. Marrone is a former offensive lineman who started coaching collegiately in 1992 at Cortland State. He signed on with the Jets in 2002 as the offensive line coach and held the head coaching position with the Buffalo Bills from 2013-14.
Marrone has endured one official losing season and went 1-1 in 2016 as the interim coach after Gus Bradley was fired. In his first full season on the job, Marrone helped the Jaguars go 10-6, win the AFC South, and reach the AFC title game.
|2||2003-10||Jack Del Rio||68-71||.489||1-2||.333||–|
Jacksonville Jaguars’ Last Five Seasons
Jacksonville Jaguars’ All-Time Career Leaders
|Passing Yards||Mark Brunell||25,698||1995-03|
|Passing Touchdowns||Mark Brunell||144||1995-03|
|Rushing Yards||Fred Taylor||11,271||1998-08|
|Rushing Touchdowns||Maurice Jones-Drew||68||2006-13|
|Receiving Yards||Jimmy Smith||12,287||1995-05|
|Receiving Touchdowns||Jimmy Smith||67||1995-05|
Despite their short NFL history, Jacksonville has enjoyed some special players gracing their field. It isn’t exactly impressive for players to lead the way in this franchise when you look at career stats, but some numbers are more noteworthy than others.
It’s not just about the stats, though. Take a look at some of the best Jaguars players to ever play for the franchise.
Mark Brunell wore five different uniforms during his 19-year NFL career and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL draft out of the University of Washington. But he was a standout for the Jaguars from the 1995 through 2003 seasons. By the time the quarterback was traded to the Redskins for the 2004 season, he was holding all of the current Jacksonville Jaguar records and still has 36 active.
He’s tops in the franchise for 4000+ career passing yards, 2,184 career completions, 25,698 career pass attempts, and 7.11 yards per pass attempt. His single-game records include 27 completions, 432 passing yards, and six 300+ yard passing games, all recorded in 1996. Brunell was picked for the Pro Bowl three times during his career and named MVP in 1997.
Mark was also the NFL’s passing leader in 1996. He retired with the New York Jets in 2011 and was named a Pride of the Jaguars (Hall of Fame) as well as being inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2015.
Wide receiver Jimmy Smith was named to the Jackson State University All-Century team and was the Cowboys’ second-round pick in 1992. He stayed with the Cowboys through the ’93 season, joined the Eagles in the offseason, and was then picked up by the Jaguars in 1995 after his release from Philadelphia.
Smith suffered a series of personal problems during and after his pro career. His talents were recognized on the field, though. He earned a Pro Bowl nod five consecutive years from 1997 through 2001 and was the second-team AP All-Pro in both 1998 and ’99. Also in 1999, he was the NFL’s receptions leader and retired with 862 career receptions, 12,287 receiving yards, and 67 touchdowns.
Smith struggled with substance abuse issues and was arrested for multiple drug charges in 2009, prompting him to establish the Jimmy Smith Foundation to help others with similar challenges.
The current wide receivers coach for the Jaguars, Keenan McCardell was part of the “Thunder and Lightning” duo with Jimmy Smith in the late ‘90s. McCardell, aka Thunder, was known for his expertise in running routes in the middle of the field. He’s a member of the 10,000 receiving yards club, and when he left the Jags after six years in 2001, he had recorded 499 receptions for 6,393 yards and 30 TDs.
McCardell was picked twice for the Pro Bowl and started his coaching career with the Redskins, three years after his retirement from the same team in 2007. Incidentally, McCardell also began his career in Washington as their 12th-round pick in 1991 out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Fred Taylor was an All-American at the University of Florida and was the ninth overall pick, selected by the Jaguars in 1998. The running back wore the Jacksonville uniform from 1998 through 2008. In 2007, he was made the Pro Bowl and Second-Team All-Pro.
Taylor holds at least 40 Jaguars franchise records including two games with three or more TDs scored in 2000, 17 TDs in the 1998 season, 11,271 career rushing yards, and 2,428 career rush attempts. Taylor spent 2009 and 2010 with the Patriots before retiring as a member of the 10,000-yard rushing club. He’s also a member of the Pride of the Jaguars.
Tony Boselli has the distinction of being the first-ever Jacksonville Jaguars draft pick. He was an All-American at USC and selected as second overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. The offensive tackle was named to the Pro Bowl five times and was a three-time First-Team All-Pro from 1997 through 1999. He was named to the NFL’s 1990 All-Decade Team and in ’98 was the NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year.
NFL Films considers Boselli to be the 6th-greatest player not (yet) inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Regardless, the Jaguars have honored him with a Pride of the Jaguars induction. Additionally, they signed him to a symbolic one-day contract so that he could retire officially as a Jaguar because Boselli had played a part of the 2002 season with the Houston Texans.
Jacksonville Jaguars Trivia
Offensive tackle Tony Boselli was a cornerstone of Jacksonville’s o-line throughout his career with the Jaguars. He was also a fan favorite, having a burger (Boselli Burger) named after him at the Jacksonville McDonald’s.
The Jaguars ended the 1999 season at a blistering 14-3. The only team that managed to beat them was the rival Tennessee Titans, who were responsible for all three of Jacksonville’s losses. The Titans went on to play in that year’s Super Bowl.
Former coach Jack Del Rio delivered the popular mantra “Keep Chopping Wood” in 2003 as a way of motivating his team. Two years later, Jacksonville was back in the playoffs.
Jaguars great Fred Taylor was unfairly handed the nickname “Fragile Freddy” due to being nicked up and missing games early in his career. Taylor responded by suiting up in 14+ games in five of his final seven seasons with the team. He also ranks inside the top 20 for all-time rushing yards in a career.
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