Jacksonville Jaguars Tickets
Although established on November 30, 1993, it wasn’t until 1995 when the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars joined the NFL as expansion teams. Since their inclusion into the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars have won two Division Championships and reached the playoffs on six occasions. The Jaguars play as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Previously the team was a member of the now defunct AFC Central from 1995 – 2001. Currently the AFC South Division includes Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Playing at the EverBank Field in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, the Jaguars fans always fill up the seats to watch their favorite players in action. If you’re a fan of the Jaguars then get your Jacksonville Jaguars tickets here.
History of the Jaguars
Currently estimated to be the 12th most populace city in the United States, Jacksonville, Florida, didn’t have a football team in 1995. The campaign to acquire a football team started in 1989 with future Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Tom Petway, a Jacksonville developer, and Wayne Weaver, founder of the brand Nine West. When in 1991 NFL decided to expand their league in 1994, which was delayed until 1995, Jacksonville announced their bid for a team. As the city of Charlotte was awarded the first franchise in the form of Carolina Panthers, many expected the second announcement for the franchise to be for the city of St. Louis. However, in a surprising move the NFL awarded the 30th franchise to Jacksonville, Florida. As the owner of the newly formed Jacksonville Jaguars, Wayne Weaver appointed Tom Coughlin as the first head coach for the team in 1994.
Coughlin and the Jaguars
Born in Waterloo, New York, Tom Coughlin had previously held positions as Wide Receivers Coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. Even though with a wealth of experience Coughlin had the perfect resume to guide a new football team, many thought at the time that his appointment as head coach was a risky move. One of the reasons for this skepticism was a ‘Head Coach’ position missing from his resume. While other expansion teams had taken a more conventional route in their hiring of head coaches, the Jaguars took a more unorthodox approach. The Jacksonville Jaguars finished their first season in the NFL with a 4 – 12 record. In their first season, the Jaguars were able to defeat experienced NFL teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns (twice) and the Houston Oilers. The first season may not have been a successful one, but the Jaguars showed they had the makings of a competitive football team.
Tom Coughlin stayed with the Jacksonville Jaguars for eight seasons (1995-2002). During his tenure, he guided the Jaguars to four consecutive playoff appearances and helped the team to two AFC Championship Game appearances. In 1996, the Jaguars qualified for the playoffs by upsetting both the Buffalo Bills and the Denver Broncos. Even though the Jaguars lost the Championship game to the New England Patriots, it is still considered to be one of the biggest upsets by a young expansion team. Jaguars run from 1997-1999 was extraordinary. In 1997, their regular season record stood at 11-5 and they were placed second in their division. They made it to the playoffs as a Wild Card, but lost to the Denver Broncos 42-17. The 1998 season was even better as the Jaguars topped their division, made it into the playoffs where they defeated the Patriots, but lost to the New York Jets 34-24. The 1999 season told a similar story as the Jaguars yet again topped their division with their best record ever 14-2. They won the divisional playoffs against the Miami Dolphins 62-7, but again fell in the Conference Championship game to the Tennessee Titans 33-14.
After a string of successful regular seasons, the turn of the century didn’t bring any good news for the Jaguars. As the team was unable to make it to the playoffs in 2000, 2001 and 2002, Weaver replaced Coughlin with Jack Del Rio. When Wayne Weaver sold his majority stake to Shahid Khan, he accepted that his biggest regret as the owner of the Jaguars was to fire Tom Coughlin. Coughlin during his eight seasons at Jacksonville had a 68-60 regular season and a 4-4 playoff record.
2002 and Beyond
With the arrival of former Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, the Jaguars improved their rush defense and defense. In his first season as Head Coach in 2003, Del Rio along with quarterback Byron Leftwich led the Jaguars to a 5-11 record. They placed third in the AFC South Division. The 2004 season was better as the Jaguars narrowly missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record. After a five year drought, the Jacksonville Jaguars made it to the playoffs as a Wild Card entry in 2004. Coming in second in their division, the Jaguars ended their regular season with a 12-4 record. They lost their Wild Card playoffs to the New England Patriots 28-3. Unable to make it to the playoffs again in 2006, the Jacksonville Jaguars last appearance in the playoffs was in 2007. They came second in their division with a record 11-5. They won their Wild Card playoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-29, but lost again to the New England Patriots 31-20 in the divisional playoffs. As of 2016, the Jacksonville Jaguars are facing the fourth worst playoff drought in the NFL.
Since the Jaguars founding, a number of rivalries have played an intricate role in the franchise’s success. The Jacksonville Jaguars have geographical rivalries with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins. In addition to the usual divisional rivalries, the Jaguars and Steelers games are always exciting to watch. The history of their rivalry goes back to their AFC Central days. The Jaguars may not have been able to make to the playoffs for almost a decade, but the fans back in Jacksonville are still hopeful. If you’re a fan and would like to see a passionate team in action, then get Jacksonville Jaguars tickets from here.