We are basically two months into the 2017 fiscal year for the National Football League. It’s safe to say we have seen plenty of player movement via free agency and trades. And in late April, a total of 253 players were selected in the NFL draft. So as teams get ready for mini-camps and OTAs, we figured it was a good time to have some fun looking (and learning) at the significant numbers – both in regards to the past and the present – for each of the 32 franchises. You can play catch-up by clicking here. Now it’s time to check out the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Does anyone remember the last time we saw this franchise in the playoffs? The year was 2007 and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback was David Garrard. The team earned a wild-card berth in the then-loaded AFC South and wound up beating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in the first round before losing to the eventual conference champion New England Patriots one weekend later. Since then, this franchise has rolled over to the tune of a 42-102 record. Doug Marrone is now the team’s latest sideline leader hoping to reverse the Jaguars’ misfortunes.
Sorry, but there’s more bad news. Not only has this club struggled as of late, it’s been very ugly at times. The 2016 offseason was one of hope thanks to some solid additions to the roster. But a 3-13 finish marked the Jaguars’ sixth straight year with 11 or more losses. Perhaps the return of Tom Coughlin to Jacksonville (this time as vice president of football operations) will bring back some positive vibes. In 1995, he took over as head coach for the expansion franchise. And after a 4-12 debut that year, the Jaguars reached the playoffs four consecutive years.
So much for the third time being the charm. In 2015, quarterback Blake Bortles looked like a player on the rise after struggling as a rookie. Yes, there were still too many mistakes but the former Central Florida University standout did throw for 4,428 yards and 35 scores. But the struggling signal-caller has been mistake-prone and that’s an understatement. In 46 career games, Bortles has thrown 66 TD passes but has been picked off 51 times and lost 12 fumbles – for a total of 63 turnovers.