2020 Jacksonville Jaguars
|Established 1995 |
Play in TIAA Bank Field,
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
National Football League (1995–present)
|Team colors||Black, Teal, and Gold|
|Mascot||Jaxson De Ville|
|Team President||Mark Lamping|
|General Manager||Trent Baalke|
|Head Coach||Urban Meyer|
Team Nicknames "The Jags"
|League Championships (0)
|Conference Championships (0)|
|Division Championships (3)
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional American football team located in Jacksonville, Florida. They are currently members of the Southern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Jaguars, along with the Carolina Panthers, joined the NFL as expansion teams in 1995.
- 1 Jacksonville football history
- 2 2012
- 3 2013–2016
- 4 2017–present:
- 5 Logo and uniforms
- 6 Season-by-season records
- 7 Players of note
- 8 Personnel
- 9 Player codes
- 10 Coaches of note
- 11 Work in the community
- 12 Radio and television
- 13 Notes and references
- 14 External links
Jacksonville football history
Every year the city hosts the Gator Bowl, an annual civic highlight traditionally accompanied by parties, ceremonies, parades and other events leading up to the game. The annual Georgia-Florida game is also played in Jacksonville.
The Gator Bowl stadium was built out of steel trusses during the Great Depression and was frequently built onto, with the final addition of the reinforced-concrete west upper deck coming in 1982. The stadium hosted short-lived teams in both the World Football League Jacksonville Sharks/Express) and the United States Football League (Jacksonville Bulls) and the occasional NFL exhibition game. The city also hosted the American Football League All Star Game in 1967 and 1968. The city briefly attempted to lure the Baltimore Colts, whose owner Robert Irsay famously landed a helicopter in the stadium as thousands of Jacksonville citizens urged him to move the team there. City leaders also attempted to get the Houston Oilers to move to Jacksonville at one point in the late 1980s. Great efforts were made to lure the Oilers, including the creation of a "Jacksonville Oilers" banner and designation of a specific section of the Gator Bowl as a non-alcohol, family section for proposed home games.
In 1991, the NFL announced that it would add two new teams, originally in time for the 1993 season. The league had not expanded since the 1976 season with the addition of Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers; with the sport growing the NFL felt the time was right to add additional franchises. Five cities were ultimately chosen as finalists for the two new teams: Charlotte, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; Baltimore, Maryland; Memphis, Tennessee; and Jacksonville. From the beginning, Charlotte and St. Louis were considered the heavy favorites, with Baltimore also a strong possibility. Though not as strong a bid, Memphis was still considered an outside possibility, as the NFL did not have a presence in the area.
For many reasons, Jacksonville was considered the darkest horse in the field. Florida already had two NFL teams: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who played about a four-hour ride away, and the Miami Dolphins. Any expansion team would also have to compete not only with Florida's three major college football teams—Florida State, Florida and Miami—but also the Georgia Bulldogs, who have a fairly large fan base in the Jacksonville area due to Jacksonville's close proximity to the Georgia state line. Also, Jacksonville was the smallest television market in the running; it was the only one not ranked in the top 50 Nielsen markets.
However, the biggest potential obstacle for the Jacksonville bid was nonstop turmoil and conflict surrounding the potential ownership group. It had formed even before the NFL announced its intentions to expand, in 1989. The group called itself Touchdown Jacksonville! and placed its formal application with the NFL in 1991. The original ownership group included future Governor Jeb Bush and Jacksonville developer and political kingmaker Tom Petway. In 1991 this group confidently announced that it would call its team the Jacksonville Jaguars. After some defections and mutinies, the group came to be led by J. Wayne Weaver, shoe magnate and founder of Nine West.
From the time Touchdown Jacksonville! came to being, it faced several challenges. In April 1993, the NFL indicated to Jacksonville officials that additional renovations to the Gator Bowl would be needed. After several weeks of negotiations, and at least one breakdown, an agreement was reached that capped the city's liability for construction and was sent to the City Council for approval. However, on July 21 1993, the Council failed to approve the financing package, dooming the bid. Deposits on season tickets were refunded, and Touchdown Jacksonville!'s offices were shuttered.
Largely due to being underwhelmed by the remaining suitors, the NFL and others encouraged Jacksonville interests to revisit the issue and resurrect their bid. About a month later negotiations between the city and Touchdown Jacksonville! resumed, and a slightly revised aid package was approved by a solid majority of the City Council. Officially back in the race, Jacksonville officials were energized, indicated by a drive to sell club seats that resulted in over 10,000 seats being sold in 10 days. The Jaguars also gained a high-profile investor when former NFL star player Deron Cherry signed on as a limited partner.
After Charlotte was unanimously granted the 29th franchise on November 1, the NFL announced they would name the 30th franchise on or before November 30 1993. By this time, conventional wisdom was that St. Louis would get the 30th franchise. In fact, T-shirts of the "St. Louis Stallions" (the proposed new team name) briefly went on sale at some St. Louis area sporting goods shops. However, it was not meant to be, as at 2:12 p.m. (EST) on the afternoon of November 30, Jacksonville was announced as the winning franchise. The next evening, 25,000 fans celebrated at the Gator Bowl as season ticket sales were kicked off. Within ten days, the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville's daily newspaper) announced sales had passed the 55,000 seat mark. (Incidentally, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Tennessee would gain relocated NFL franchises in 1995, 1996, and 1997, respectively.)
After the Gator Bowl game on December 31 1993, the old stadium was essentially demolished and replaced with a reinforced concrete superstructure; all that remained of the old stadium was the West upper deck and a portion of the ramping system. The new Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (known as Alltel Stadium from 1997–2007) opened on August 18 1995 with a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. (For 1994 and 1995, Georgia and Florida alternated home games in their series, resuming the neutral-site matchups in Jacksonville in 1996).
In 1995, along with the Carolina Panthers, the Jacksonville Jaguars entered the NFL as the first expansion teams in almost 20 years. The Jaguars finished their inaugural season with a record of 4-12. Both the Jaguars and the Panthers (7-9) broke the record for most wins by an expansion team (3) set by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968. During this inaugural season many of the players who would lead Jacksonville to early successes began establishing themselves, including quarterback Mark Brunell (acquired in a draft day trade from Green Bay), offensive lineman Tony Boselli (drafted with the 2nd pick overall in the 1995 NFL Draft) running back James Stewart (also drafted in 1995), and wide receiver Jimmy Smith (signed as a free agent).
- Main article: 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville's 1996 season was a marked success. They won six of their last seven games of the season and finished with a record of 9-7. In doing so, they clinched the 5th seed in the AFC playoffs after winning a tiebreaker with the 9-7 Indianapolis Colts. Their first playoff game would be against the Buffalo Bills at Buffalo, a game that the Jaguars would win 30-27. Their next game would be against the Denver Broncos, top seed in the AFC, and a team that, with a 13-3 record, had dominated the AFC. Yet the Jaguars, not intimidated by the Broncos or their fans, largely dominated from the second quarter on, with a late Mark Brunell to Jimmy Smith touchdown giving the Jags a 30-20 lead late on. They would hold on to win in a huge upset, 30-27, in a game that many people still consider the franchise's finest hour.
Upon their return home, the Jags were greeted by an estimated 40,000 fans at the stadium. Many of these fans had watched the game on the stadium JumboTron displays and had stayed into the early hours of the morning when the team arrived. In the AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars would acquit themselves very well, playing a tight and close defensive game in a hostile environment for over three quarters before finally losing, 20-6 to the New England Patriots on the road. On an interesting sidenote, their fellow second-year NFC expansion team, the Carolina Panthers, also got to their conference championship, where they lost 30-13 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. In that year, Super Bowl XXXI almost became an all-expansion team Super Bowl.
- Main article: 1997 Jacksonville Jaguars
In the franchise's third year (1997), the Jaguars had an 11-5 record and got into the playoffs for the second year in a row as a Wild Card Team. However, this return was short-lived as the Denver Broncos (whom the Jags took down last time in the post-season) trampled the Jaguars at Mile High Stadium 42-17, with 5 of their 6 touchdowns coming on run plays.
In December 1998, the Jaguars won the AFC Central Division and became the first NFL expansion team to make the playoffs three times in its first four seasons of play. In the wild card round, the Jaguars won their very first playoff game at home, beating the New England Patriots 25-10. However. they would get booted out in the Divisional Round as the New York Jets would win at Giants Stadium 34-24.
The 1999 season was quite a success for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they compiled a record of 14-2, which was the best regular season record in the NFL that year; it remains the best season record in franchise history. In the January, 2000, AFC Divisional playoffs, the Jaguars flattened the Miami Dolphins 62-7 in what turned out to be Dan Marino and Jimmy Johnson's last NFL game. Jacksonville's 62 points and 55-point margin are the second most ever in NFL playoff history, and Fred Taylor's 90-yard run is the longest ever in an NFL playoff game. However, the Jaguars would be yet again denied in the AFC championship game - this time as the favorite at home - as they would be defeated by the Tennessee Titans 33-14 in a game that the Jaguars controlled for the first half, leading 14-10 at halftime, but then went on to allow 23 unanswered points in the 2nd half. The Jaguars would thus finish the 1999 season 15-3, with all three of their losses coming against the Titans. (Not surprisingly, this was the only time in NFL history that a 3-loss team met all of its losses at the hands of only one team.)
The 2004 season, celebrated as the 10th season of the Jaguars franchise, resulted in a winning record of 9-7 with road victories against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field as well as the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome. The Jaguars' defense was a strong suit, as it included two Pro Bowl players, defensive tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson. Byron Leftwich enjoyed a solid year in 2004, helped by strong performances from holdovers Fred Taylor and Jimmy Smith. Unfortunately, Taylor sustained a season-ending injury at the Packers game. The very next week saw the Jaguars fall to the Houston Texans, which would ultimately eliminate the Jaguars from the playoffs. This denied them an opportunity to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium.
The 2005 Jaguars' hoped to challenge the Colts for the division title. However, due to their 13-0 start, including two victories against the Jaguars, the Colts were able to easily clinch the AFC South title. With a 12-4 record (second best finish in team history), the Jaguars easily qualified for one of the conference's two wild card playoff allocations. Among these 12 wins were a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on October 9, 2005 and a 23-17 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 16, 2005. While the Jaguars managed to win key games in 2005, 9 of their final 10 games were played against opponents with losing records. Though these games were wins, key players Byron Leftwich, Mike Peterson, Akin Ayodele, Paul Spicer, and Rashean Mathis were hurt during this stretch. The Jaguars ended the season losing 28-3 to the two-time defending champion New England Patriots on January 7, 2006 in the AFC wild card playoff round.
- Main article: 2006 Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville looked like a team on the rise coming off of their 12-4 season, and was considered a playoff contender entering the season. But injuries plagued the team. Reggie Hayward, Greg Jones, Donovin Darius, Byron Leftwich, and Mike Peterson all suffered season-ending injuries. Marcus Stroud, Matt Jones, Paul Spicer, and Fred Taylor also faced injuries during the season. The team started off 2-0, defeating the Dallas Cowboys earning the NFL's highest winning percentage on opening days at .750 with a record of 9-3), and shutting out the defending champs Pittsburgh Steelers. But the team lost its next two games, and suffered embarrassing losses to the Houston Texans over the course of the season. (Surprisingly, Jacksonville has struggled against the Texans since Houston entered the league in 2002.) They missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record, but there were some positives. Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars' second round draft pick, was one of the most surprising rookie sensations. He averaged 5.7 yards a carry, the highest in the league, and tied for 3rd in the NFL with 16 touchdowns.
- Main article: 2007 Jacksonville Jaguars
On April 28, 2007, the Jaguars used their first-round pick (21st overall) on Florida safety Reggie Nelson, after passing on Notre Dame Quarterback Brady Quinn twice. The pick of Reggie Nelson filled a void as veteran free safety Deon Grant went to Seattle to play for the Seattle Seahawks, since Jacksonville was unwilling to pay him the money he desired. On June 15, 2007, the Jaguars released longtime strong safety Donovin Darius, who had seen diminished playing time in recent years due to mounting injuries. This was seen by many as a cost-cutting measure. On August 31, 2007, the Jaguars announced that long time back-up quarterback David Garrard would start for the team, ahead of former 1st round draft pick, Byron Leftwich who was released in the team's final roster cuts. Garrard led the Jaguars to an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs. On January 5, 2008, the Jaguars defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-29 to win their first playoff game in almost 8 years and their first road playoff win since 1997. It was also the first time in the 50+ year history of the Steelers that they had been beaten twice at home by the same team in the same season. However, in the Divisional round, the Jaguars fell to the as of then undefeated New England Patriots; the teams were tied at halftime, but the Patriots pulled ahead and won 31-20.
Immediately following the announcement of Del Rio being fired, Weaver also announced that the team would be sold to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan. Khan's assumption of ownership was approved a couple of weeks later by the NFL team owners, and Khan took over full ownership on January 4, 2012. He immediately began the team's search for head coaching candidates.
On February 13, 2012, the Jaguars hired MetLife Stadium president and CEO Mark Lamping as team president. Lamping also spent 13 years as the president of the St. Louis Cardinals. Lamping is the second team president in franchise history and the first since 1997, when David Seldin left that position.
2012: New Ownership
- Main article: 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars
On January 10, 2012, former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was named head coach of the Jaguars. On January 13, it was announced that interim head coach Mel Tucker would remain on the staff as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach and that former Falcons quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski would become offensive coordinator. On January 20, 2012, the team hired John Bonamego as special teams coordinator.
The Jaguars began the 2012 season with a new coaching staff and a new owner. One of the main priorities of the new leadership was to improve the team's struggling receiving corps and see improvement from quarterback Blaine Gabbert after a disappointing rookie season. To do this, the team selected wide receiver Justin Blackmon in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and acquired Laurent Robinson in free agency. Despite the changes, the team struggled mightily on both sides of the ball. The team finished with a 2–14 record, the worst in franchise history. Both general manager Gene Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey were fired shortly after the end of the season.
NFL International Series
- Main article: NFL International Series
On August 21, 2012, the Jaguars announced they had finalized a deal to play one regular season home game each year between 2013 and 2016 at London's historic Wembley Stadium as part of the NFL International Series. The first of these games was against the San Francisco 49ers on October 27, 2013. This deal was later extended through 2020.
On January 8, 2013, former Atlanta Falcons Director of Player Personnel David Caldwell was hired as the second full-time General Manager in Jaguars history. He formerly served as a scout for the Indianapolis Colts for 10 years from 1998–2007. His first task with the team was to lead the interview process for a new head coach. Nine days later former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was named head coach of the Jaguars. The Jaguars struggled early on in 2013 and went into the bye week with an 0–8 record. On November 1 Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely after violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Despite the loss of Blackmon the Jaguars got their first win with Gus Bradley on November 10 with a 29–27 victory over the Tennessee Titans. This was followed by a respectable showing against the Arizona Cardinals, despite a 27–14 loss, and the Jaguars' second and third victory of the season against the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns. The Jaguars would win again the very next week against the Houston Texans 27–20 on Thursday night, improving to 4–9. They finished the season 4–12.
- Main article: 2014 Jacksonville Jaguars
After finishing the 2013 season with a 4–12 record, a two-win improvement over the previous season, the Jaguars traded their 2011 NFL draft first round draft pick Blaine Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers for the 6th round pick of the 2014 NFL draft. Maurice Jones-Drew, after 7 years with the Jaguars, also left the team and signed a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
In the first round of the 2014 NFL draft the Jaguars selected quarterback Blake Bortles from University of Central Florida and then wide receiver Marqise Lee from University of Southern California in the second round. The new draft picks helped put more confidence in the struggling team. Justin Blackmon was suspended yet again for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse in July. Later in July, EverBank Field unveiled their two new endzone scoreboards, which are considered to be the world's largest. The Jaguars managed to end their season with a 3–13 record.
- Main article: 2015 Jacksonville Jaguars
Dante Fowler Jr. was selected by the Jaguars as the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. However, Fowler tore his ACL at rookie minicamp on May 8 and did not return for the 2015 season. Josh Scobee was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2016 NFL Draft sixth round pick. Jason Myers took over as the main placekicker for the Jaguars. The Jaguars finished the 2015 season with a record of 5–11, the team's fifth straight losing season and their eighth straight non-winning season.
- Main article: 2016 Jacksonville Jaguars
With plenty of cap space to work with, Jacksonville splurged in free agency, adding defensive tackle Malik Jackson from the Denver Broncos and cornerback Prince Amukamara from the New York Giants. With the fifth selection, the Jaguars selected cornerback Jalen Ramsey from Florida State University in the first round and then the second round linebacker Myles Jack of UCLA in the 2016 NFL Draft. Jack was considered to be a top-10 talent, but fell to the second round due to a knee injury. On October 2, 2016, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 30–27 in the NFL International Series game. On December 18, 2016, Gus Bradley was fired after the Jaguars' ninth loss in a row during the 2016 season. Bradley's W-L record as head coach of the Jaguars was 14–48 in three seasons.
- Main article: 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars
On January 9, 2017 the Jaguars announced the interim head coach Doug Marrone was to be the new head coach, the contract of General Manager David Caldwell was to be extended and Tom Coughlin was returning to Jacksonville to become Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Both Doug Marrone and David Caldwell report to the Executive Vice President Tom Coughlin.
In the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft the Jaguars selected running back Leonard Fournette of LSU. At the annual NFL International Series in London on September 24, 2017 Jaguars players locked arms and kneeled during the national anthem in response to President Donald Trump's remarks on NFL players who kneel. Shahid Khan also participated with the Jaguars in locking arms during the anthem and the Baltimore Ravens kneeled on the opposite side of the field. The Jaguars went on to defeat the Ravens in a 44-7 win. Four weeks later on October 17, President of the Jaguars Mark Lamping sent a letter of apology to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville that says the Jaguars were ”remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country.”
After their week 15 win over the Houston Texans, the Jaguars clinched their first playoff trip since 2007; they finished the season 10-6, a seven-game turnaround from the previous year. The Jaguars defeated the Buffalo Bills 10-3 in Jacksonville, marking the first playoff win in ten years. In the Divisional Round, on January 14, 2018, the Jaguars defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42 in Pittsburgh to advance to their 3rd AFC Championship Game, and their first since 1999. However, they narrowly fell to the New England Patriots 24-20. For the season, the defense earned the nickname "Sacksonville" because of its dominance.
- Main article: 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars
Logo and uniforms
The day after the NFL awarded the expansion team to Jacksonville, a triumphant and surprised Wayne Weaver held up the Jaguars' proposed silver helmet and teal jersey at the NFL owners' meeting in Chicago. The team's colors were revealed to be teal, gold, and silver with black accents. However, this jersey and helmet design stirred controversy. Both included the team's logo with a gold leaping jaguar. This caught the attention of Ford Motor Company, parent of the automaker Jaguar, in that the Jaguars' logo bore what they considered to be too much resemblance to the automaker's logo, which was also used as a hood ornament. Though no lawsuit was brought to trial, an amicable agreement was ultimately reached where Jaguar would be named the official car of the Jaguars, and the Jaguars would redesign their uniforms.
The new logo became a prominent snarling Jaguars head with a teal tongue, which Weaver said was his wife's touch. He also claimed that the teal tongue came from "feeding Panthers to our Jaguars"—an obvious jab at their expansion brethren. During the Jaguars' first ever preseason game, teal-colored candies were handed out to all the fans who attended, turning their tongues a teal color just like on the logo. Additionally, raspberry lollipops were handed out by the "Candy Man" in section 142 to also turn the home fans' tongues teal. The redesigned uniforms feature an all-black helmet, white pants, gold numbers and trim, and either teal or white jerseys. A prowling jaguar replaced the leaping jaguar on the sleeves. Minor modifications have been introduced since then, such as changing the font of the jersey numbers.
For most of its short history, the Jaguars did what many other NFL teams located in subtropical climates traditionally practice: wear their white jerseys at home during the first half of the season — forcing opponents to wear their dark ones under the sweltering autumns in Jacksonville.
In the 2004 season however, the Jaguars did not wear their white uniforms for any of their home games including preseason. In 2005, the Jaguars only wore white for their home opener. In 2006, the Jaguars returned to tradition and wore white at home for their first three home games of the season before switching to teal in late October.
The team introduced an alternate black jersey in 2002. During that same year, the team also started to wear black pants, mostly with their white jerseys. With the introduction of the black pants, the team stopped wearing the white jersey/white pants combination on a full-time basis, as it's still used on a part-time basis. The black pants originally including two teal stripes down each side, but were replaced in 2005 with solid black pants with the Jaguar logo on each hip. There was no change made to the look of their white pants at this time.
In 2009, Weaver announced that he wanted to 'clean up' the team's image. This meant the elimination of the full-body crawling Jaguar logo, the clawing Jaguar, and the two previous wordmarks which bent the text around these logos.
In February 2013, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who had acquired the team in late 2011, introduced a new brand identity for the team that included a new logo, wordmark, and secondary logo. The new Jaguar head logo was intended to be "fiercer" and more realistic. The secondary logo incorporated the new Jaguar head logo along with the first official usage of the team's popular nickname "Jags". The two images were incased in a shield-style shape, designed to be a tribute to Jacksonville's military community.
For most of their history, the Jaguars have done what many other NFL teams located in subtropical climates traditionally practice: wear their white jerseys at home during the first half of the season — forcing opponents to wear their dark ones under the sweltering autumns in Jacksonville. The only exceptions were in 2004 and 2008–10, when the Jaguars chose to wear teal for all home games. In the preseason, the Jaguars typically wear teal at home since these games are played at night when there is very little advantage with the heat.
Following the logo change, the redesigned uniforms featured an all-black helmet, white pants with teal, black, and gold stripes, and numbers with gold inner trim and black outer trim. The home jersey was teal with white numbers and the away jersey was white with teal numbers. Both jerseys had a black collar and no sleeve stripes.
A prowling jaguar on each sleeve replaced the leaping jaguar going across both shoulders in the original design. The Jaguars in 1995 were the first NFL team to have 2-tone borders on their numbers and lettering, and the first NFL team to show a complex logo (the crawling Jaguar) on the sleeve.
Minor modifications were introduced to the Jaguars uniform during this time, most notably the font of the jersey numbers, replacing the original block numbers with a unique font. Two stripes were also added to the end of the sleeves below the prowling jaguar.
During this period, the Jaguars made minor changes to their uniform, each time adding more black to the look.
The team introduced a black alternate jersey in 2002. During that same year, the team also introduced alternate black pants, worn with either the white or the teal jersey. After the black pants were introduced, the white pants would only be seen for the first few games of the year, presumably due to the heat. The black pants originally included two teal stripes down each side. The fan reaction to the extra black in the alternate jersey and alternate pants was positive, so in 2004 the Jaguars went through a formal uniform change, which teams are only allowed to do once every five years. These changes were mostly to the away look. Before 2004, the white away jerseys had teal numbers with black and gold trim, but after, the white jerseys had black numbers with teal and gold trim. The black pants were also changed. The teal stripes were replaced with the Jaguar logo on each hip. Teal almost disappeared from the away uniform.
The stripes on the white pants were altered in 2008 so that the center, thickest stripe was black, and its accents were teal. In the 2008 year, the gold in the uniforms noticeably shifted from a bright yellow metallic appearance to more beige.
The Jaguars unveiled 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. The new uniforms were introduced in a press conference on April 22.
At this press conference, Weaver elaborated that different people had taken different liberties with the Jaguars' image over the years, singling out the 'All Black' look which the team wore for every prime-time home game from 2003 to 2007 as a point of regret. He also said that the team would wear their teal jerseys at home even on hot days, saying that the practice of choosing to wear white on hot days had also diluted the team's image. The new uniform reflected a simpler look overall. The collar and sleeve ends are the same color as the rest of the jersey. The crawling jaguar was removed. The numbers on the jerseys were changed to a simpler, block font with a thicker, single color border. After all of these subtractions, two features were added. The first was a "JAGUARS" wordmark underneath the NFL insignia on the chest. The second was two thin 'stripes' of off-color fabric which were added to each midseam of the jersey, curling up to the neckline on the front and below the number on the back. The stripe on the home jersey is a white line next to a black line, matching the color of the numbers, and the stripe on the away jersey is a black line next to a teal line, again matching the numbers. The pants have similar stripes, both for the home and away uniform. The away uniforms were still black pants and numbers on a white jersey, but they now used teal as the only accent color as opposed to using gold in previous years. The Jaguars' identity, in terms of colors, beginning in 2009 is exclusively teal and black, with gold only being used in the logo. The final change made to the Jaguars' uniforms in 2009 was to the helmet. The new helmet and facemask were black just like the old ones, but when light hit the new ones a certain way, both the helmet and face mask sparkled with a shiny teal appearance. These were the first helmets in professional football which changed color with different angles of light. The logo and number decals also incorporated this effect.
Prior to the 2012 season, new Jaguars owner Shahid Khan announced that the team would once again use a black jersey, something they had not done since 2008. In September of that year, the team announced that it would use the black jersey and black pants as their primary home uniform. The teal jersey was resurrected as an alternate.
On April 23, 2013, the Jaguars unveiled new uniforms designed by Nike. The primary home jersey is black with white numerals outlined in teal and gold. The road jersey is white with teal numerals outlined in black and gold, marking the first time since 2003 that the team has used teal numbers on their road jersey. The alternate jersey is teal with black numerals outlined in white and gold. The team had never before used black numbers on their teal jersey. All three jerseys feature a contrasting stripe that bends around the neck, and semi-glossy patches on the shoulders meant to resemble claw marks. The team added their new shield logo onto a patch just above the player's heart, meant to pay tribute to Jacksonville's military heritage.
The helmet, first of its kind in the NFL, features a glossy gold finish in the back that fades to matte black in the front, via a color gradient.
The new uniform set includes black and white pants with the Jaguars logo on the hip and a tri-color pattern down the player's leg.
In November 2015, as one of eight teams participating in Nike's "Color Rush" initiative for four games of Thursday Night Football during the 2015 season, Jacksonville introduced an all-gold second alternative uniform. The set features a gold jersey with black sleeves and black trim, as well as all gold pants. The white front and back numbers are lined in the teal accent color and bordered by black. The TV numbers on the shoulders are white with black bordering. The set also features gold undershirts and socks.
Beginning in 2013, the Jaguars began to feature gold more prominently than in the past. In fact, from 2009–12 gold had only been used in the team logo and as a minor accent color.
On April 19, 2018, the Jaguars again revealed re-designed uniforms. The new design returns to an all-black gloss helmet and removes many of the complicated details from the previous set. For the first time, there will be no borders at all on any of the jersey numbers. There are no stripes or team logo on the pants; only an NFL logo and a Nike logo, which is the first and only of its kind in the NFL. Like the 2009 uniform set, the only gold in the uniform set belongs to the Jaguar logo itself, and the block number font is not distinct from that used by other teams. The sleeve trim and collar trim are both a different color than the rest of the jersey, that and the solitary Jaguar logo are the only distinct markings on the jersey. For the first time, the sock has a teal stripe between the black and white. The black jersey is the primary, as it has been since 2012, and the teal is the alternate.
|1995||4||12||0||5th AFC Central||--|
|1996||9||7||0||2nd AFC Central||Won Wild Card Playoffs, (Bills) 30-27|
Won Divisional Playoffs, (Broncos) 30-27
Lost Conference Championship, (Patriots) 20-6
|1997||11||5||0||2nd AFC Central||Lost Wild Card Playoffs, (Broncos) 42-17|
|1998||11||5||0||1st AFC Central||Won Wild Card Playoffs, (Patriots) 25-10|
Lost Divisional Playoffs, (Jets) 34-24
|1999||14||2||0||1st AFC Central||Won Divisional Playoffs, (Dolphins) 62-7|
Lost Conference Championship, (Titans) 33-14
|2000||7||9||0||4th AFC Central||--|
|2001||6||10||0||5th AFC Central||--|
|2002||6||10||0||3rd AFC South||--|
|2003||5||11||0||3rd AFC South||--|
|2004||9||7||0||2nd AFC South||--|
|2005||12||4||0||2nd AFC South||Lost Wild Card Playoffs, (Patriots) 28-3|
|2006||8||8||0||3rd AFC South||--|
|2007||11||5||0||2nd AFC South||Won Wild Card Playoffs, (Steelers) 31-29|
Lost Divisional Playoffs, (Patriots) 31-20
|2008||5||11||0||4th AFC South||--|
|2009||7||9||0||4th AFC South||--|
|2010||8||8||0||2nd AFC South||--|
|2011||5||11||0||3rd AFC South||--|
|2012||2||14||0||4th AFC South||--|
|2013||4||12||0||3rd AFC South||--|
|Totals||144||159||0||(1995–2012, regular season)|
|149||165||0||(all games, 1995–2012, including playoffs)|
Players of note
Although not officially retired, the number 71, as worn by Tony Boselli has not been worn since 2002. According to team officials the number has been "taken out of service."
Pride of the Jaguars
The Jaguars unveiled their own "Ring of Honor" during the 2006 season at the New York Jets game on October 8th, 2006. A contest was held in July 2006 to name their club's hall of fame and "Pride of the Jaguars" was chosen with 36% of the vote. Former left tackle Tony Boselli was the first to be inducted. Team owner Wayne Weaver and his wife Delores were added on January 1, 2012, before Shahid Khan bought the team. Fred Taylor was the next to be added, inducted on September 30, 2012. Mark Brunell has been the latest to be added, joining the others on December 15, 2013.
Other notable alumni
- Bryan Barker P
- Steve Beuerlein QB
- Tony Boselli OT
- Tony Brackens DE
- Kyle Brady TE
- Mark Brunell QB
- Fernando Bryant CB
- Dom Capers DC
- Danny Clark LB
- Jason Craft CB
- Donovin Darius SS
- Sean Dawkins WR
- Jay Fiedler QB
- Chris Hanson P
- Kevin Hardy LB
- Mike Hollis K
- Desmond Howard WR/KR
- Deon Grant FS
- Dick Jauron DC
- John Jurkovic DT
- Jeff Lageman DE
- Carnell Lake S
- Byron Leftwich QB
- Keenan McCardell WR
- Natrone Means RB
- Keith Mitchell LB
- Pete Mitchell TE
- Hardy Nickerson LB
- Chris Palmer OC
- Seth Payne DT
- Bobby Petrino OC
- Andre Rison WR
- Leon Searcy RT
- Daimon Shelton FB
- Jimmy Smith WR
- James Stewart RB
- Marcus Stroud DT
- Gary Walker DT
- Renaldo Wynn DE
Jacksonville Jaguars current staff
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
Jacksonville Jaguars current roster
Rookies in italics
AFC rosters → NFC rosters
- Active/PUP - Active / Physically Unable to Perform
- PUP - Reserve / Physically Unable to Perform
- IR - Injured Reserve
- IR/DFR - Injured Reserve / Slated for Return
- R - Rookie (player name in italics)
- FA - Free Agent (Restriced)
- UFA - Unrestriced free agent
- NF-Inj. - Reserve-Non-Football Related Injury
- NF-Ill. - Reserve-Non-Football Related Illness
- PS-IR - Practice Squad/Injured Reserve
- S- Suspended
- SI - Suspended infdefinitely
- Did Not Report - Reserve/Did not report
- Exempt/Left Squad - Exempt/Left squad
- Left Squad - Reserve/Left squad
- Susp. or Suspended- Reserve/Suspended
- Military - Reserve/Military
- Future - Reserve/Future
- Exempt - Roster exemption</noinclude>
All-time first-round draft picks
- Main article: List of Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft picks
Coaches of note
- Tom Coughlin (1995–2002)
- Jack Del Rio (2003–2011)
- Mel Tucker (2011 interim)
- Mike Mularkey (2012)
- Gus Bradley (2013-present)
- Kevin Gilbride (1995-1996)
- Chris Palmer (1997-1998)
- None (1999-2000, 2002)
- Bobby Petrino (2001)
- Bill Musgrave (2003-2004)
- Carl Smith (2005-2006)
- Dirk Koetter (2007-2011)
- Bob Bratkowski (2012)
- Jedd Fisch (2013-present)
- Dick Jauron (1995-1998)
- Dom Capers (1999-2000)
- Gary Moeller (2001)
- John Pease (2002)
- Mike Smith (2003-2007)
- Gregg Williams (2008)
- Mel Tucker (2009-2012)
- Bob Babich (2013-present)
Work in the community
The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation was established in 1995, when the franchise deal was first announced. Since then, the Foundation has given over $6 million to area efforts in community improvement. In recent years, there has been increasing emphasis on youth programs, such as Honor Rows and Fresh Futures. The Jaguars also have a program called Playbooks, which is designed to help stop illiteracy.
Radio and television
Since the first 1995 season, the Jaguars' flagship radio station has been WOKV.
For 2007, WOKV now simulcasts on both AM 690 and on 106.5 FM. Brian Sexton, a past contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire , is the play-by-play announcer, Jeff Lageman is the color analyst, and WOKV's Sports Director Cole Pepper serves as the pre-game and post-game show host with former Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak serving as post-game analyst. During preseason games, telecasts not seen nationwide are on WTEV channel 47, the CBS affiliate. In 2006, the announcers were Curt Menefee and Tony Boselli.
Notes and references
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- Tania Ganguli. "Jaguars being sold, Jack Del Rio fired", November 29, 2011. Retrieved on November 29, 2011.
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- Ganguli, Tania. Jaguars hire Mark Lamping as team president. jacksonville.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-03.
- Oesher, John. Tucker, Bratkowski named coordinators. Retrieved on 14 January 2012.
- Jaguars fire Mike Mularkey. ESPN. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
- Report: Jags to play games in London. espn.com. ESPN (August 21, 2012). Retrieved on August 21, 2012.
- Report: 49ers to play Jaguars in London. espn.com. ESPN (October 11, 2013). Retrieved on October 11, 2013.
- NFL to hold three games in London in 2014. firstcoastnews.com (2013-10-08). Retrieved on 2013-10-21.
- NFL extends agreement to play regular-season games at Wembley Stadium for an additional five years. National Football League. Retrieved on 26 October 2015.
- Oehser, John. Caldwell named Jaguars General Manager. Jaguars.com. Retrieved on 19 January 2013.
- Gus Bradley named head coach of Jaguars. Jaguars.com. Retrieved on 18 January 2013.
- Jaguars' Justin Blackmon suspended, will miss season. NFL. Retrieved on October 7, 2014.
- QB Blaine Gabbert dealt to Niners. ESPN. Retrieved on October 7, 2014.
- Maurice Jones-Drew signs with the Raiders, or: Another sign of hard times for running backs. SB Nation. Retrieved on October 7, 2014.
- After previous draft failures, Jaguars pin future to top picks Bortles, Lee, Robinson. Fox Sports. Retrieved on October 7, 2014.
- Report: Justin Blackmon arrested for marijuana possession. CBS Sports. Retrieved on October 7, 2014.
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- Final drive stalls as Jaguars finish season 3–13 with loss to Houston. Jacksonville.com. Retrieved on January 1, 2015.
- "Jaguars select Dante Fowler Jr. with No. 3 overall pick", NFL, April 30, 2015. Retrieved on September 20, 2015.
- "Dante Fowler Jr. Injury: Updates on Jaguars DE's Knee and Return", Bleacher Report, May 8, 2015. Retrieved on September 20, 2015.
- "Jaguars trade kicker Josh Scobee to Steelers", ESPN, August 31, 2015. Retrieved on 21 November 2016.
- "2016 NFL Draft: Jaguars win with big D additions, Eagles empty-handed", CBS Sports, April 30, 2016. Retrieved on 1 May 2016.
- "Jaguars 30-27 Colts: NFL Wembley win for Jacksonville as Blake Bortles stars", BBC, October 2, 2016. Retrieved on 17 October 2016.
- Rosenthal, Gregg. "Gus Bradley fired by Jacksonville Jaguars", National Football League, December 18, 2016. Retrieved on December 19, 2016.
- "Doug Marrone new head coach; Tom Coughlin returns", Jacksonville Jaguars, January 9, 2017. Retrieved on 28 April 2017.
- "Jaguars select RB Leonard Fournette with No. 4 pick in NFL draft", USA Today, April 27, 2017. Retrieved on 28 April 2017.
- "Trump NFL row: Defiance after US president urges boycott", BBC, September 24, 2017. Retrieved on 24 September 2017.
- Jaguars president apologizes for kneeling during national anthem in London. CBS Sports. Retrieved on 13 November 2017.
- "Jaguars survive Bills -- and Blake Bortles, the passer -- for first playoff win since '07 season", ESPN, January 7, 2018. Retrieved on 7 January 2018.
- Reyes, Lorenzo. "Jaguars handle Steelers, crash AFC Championship Game party", USA Today, January 14, 2018.
- "Patriots rally late, end Jaguars’ season in AFC title game", The Florida Times-Union, January 21, 2018.
- "Jaguars Grab Taven Bryan in 2018 NFL Draft and Twitter Loves the Pick", Bleacher Report, April 26, 2018. Retrieved on 27 April 2018.
- Oehser, John. "A new logo for a new era", Jaguars.com. Retrieved on 6 February 2013.
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- Ketchman, Vic (April 9, 2009). Another Fred Taylor?. Jaguars.com. Retrieved on November 30, 2014.
- "Jaguars continue their offseason overhaul with new uniforms, logo", NFL, November 23, 2015. Retrieved on November 23, 2015.
- Teal to become Jaguars' alternate jersey. Jaguars.com. Retrieved on 29 September 2012.
- Jacksonville Jaguars and NIKE Unveil New Uniform Design for 2013. Jaguars.com. Jacksonville Jaguars (April 23, 2013). Retrieved on September 13, 2015.
- Sessler, Marc (23 April 2013). Jacksonville Jaguars unveil their new team uniforms. National Football League. Retrieved on 23 April 2013.
- Color Rush: Four Games. Eight Teams. A Bold New Look for Thursday Night.. Nike.com (2015). Retrieved on 2015-11-17.
- Jaguars Public Relations. "Jaguars unveil new Nike Vapor Untouchable uniforms", Jacksonville Jaguars, April 19, 2018. Retrieved on April 26, 2018.
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