Barring further expansion to the league, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be one of the last four teams to play in a Super Bowl; no shame in that, necessarily, what with a relatively small market and a history stretching back to just 1995. What *is* odd is that, as time marches on, the Jags’ golden age may well go down as the first five years in franchise history…
Since the Jacksonville Jaguars began considering London as a de facto home site for one week per season beginning in 2012, the Jags have gone 4-4 SU/ATS in London-based games. Not much to be gleaned otherwise, but notable is that the under, after missing in the first five London Jaguars games has hit the last three…
The Jacksonville NFL franchise first played in the 1995 NFL season. The name Jaguars was chosen by popular vote, beating out the second- and third-place finishers, the Sharks and the Stingrays.
The first front-office move made by the Jaguars as a franchise was to hire Tom Coughlin as head coach of the team. Directly prior to the hiring, Couglin had been Boston College head coach and, further back, wide receivers coach for three different NFL teams.
After an expansion-typical 4-12 outcome in season 1, Coughlin began putting his stamp on the team. The Jags closed out the 1996 season on a 6-1 run, squeaked into a wild card spot at 9-7 (6-9-1 ATS) and stayed hot in the playoffs, topping both the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos as visitors in notoriously tough venues. Jacksonville ultimately fell to Bill Parcells’s Patriots, but few could deny Coughlin’s stunning run of success.
Just to prove ’96 was no fluke, the Jaguars would go 11-5 SU/10-6 ATS, 11-5 SU/9-7 ATS and 14-2 SU/8-7-1 over the next three seasons. The last notched perhaps what is still the biggest win ever (in more ways than one) in franchise history, a 62-7 demolition of the Miami Dolphins in the divisional round, enough of a thumping to send head coach Jimmy Johnson and quarterback Dan Marino into retirement.
The Jaguars (quite lucrative) record for their first six seasons: 53-35 SU and 46-40-2 ATS, including 4-4 SU/ATS in postseason play. See what NFLbets meant by “golden age”…?
After Coughlin was shown the door in 2002, head coaches then included Jack Del Rio, who somehow held the job for nearly nine seasons despite a cumulative 67-71 SU regular-season record (but 71-65-2 ATS!) plus a 1-2 SU/ATS mark in playoff games; Mike Mularkey, who went 2-14 SU (but 7-9 ATS!) in a single season; to Gus Bradley, 11-48 SU/21-36-2 ATS.
In 2017, Jaguars management trumpeted the return of Coughlin, this time as general manager. That season, Jacksonville rode one prime defense while not-so-prime Blake Bortles helmed the offense. The result was a 10-6 SU/9-7 ATS regular season, followed by playoff wins over the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers before finally succumbing to the Belichick ‘n’ Brady Patriots.
Despite the feelgood story of Coughlin, the Jaguars ultimately chased the glory of 2017-18 with five consecutive losing seasons, cratering in 2020 and ’21. Through these two seasons, the Jaguars managed a combined record of 4-29 SU/12-21 ATS; drafted QB Trevor Lawrence at no. 1 overall; and hired Urban Meyer, who after 13 games was fired, certainly the record for axing a first-year head coach.
At least this franchise holds some kind of mark in the record books, eh…?
Despite a fantastic start for the franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been mostly avoidable for NFL bettors in the 21st century, with just three postseason bids between 2000 and ’20. The Jaguars are currently second-worst in NFL history in terms of cumulative all-time win-loss record and are likely to stay so for decades to come. Bet only at your own risk with the Jaguars, says NFLbets…