Nicknamed the "cardiac jags" on account of the team's knack for pulling off late wins and coming out ahead in tight games, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional football team based in the eponymous Jacksonville, Florida. It plays in the NFL as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) South Division.
A brief history
Historically speaking, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a relatively new franchise - having joined the NFL in 1995 as an expansion team for the 1995/96 season. From its founding years up until 2011, the team's majority owner was American businessman Wayne Weaver ( owner of shoe franchises like Nine West and Shoe Carnival). In 2011, however, it was bough by Saudi-Pakistani businessman Shahid Khan for an estimated $800 million. These days, the team's value hovers around the $1.5 billion mark.
The Jacksonville Jaguars play their home games at TIAA Bank Field under head coach Doug Marrone. Other notable franchise executives include David Caldwell (General Manager) and Mark Lamping (President). Its colors are teal, silver, and gold - with black accents across the players' kit. Initially, the unveiling of the team's logo in 1995 brought with it considerable controversy as Ford, parent company to Jaguar Automobiles, held that the logo bore an unmistakable resemblance to that of its subsidiary. This disagreement was resolved when both parties settled on the adoption of Jaguar as the official car of the team and a slight redesign of the team logo.
The team's official mascot is named Jaxson de Ville and he has been entertaining fans with his numerous outlandish antics since his inception in 1996. A fan favorite, Jaxson's in-game shenanigans have, however, led to numerous complaints from visiting team coaches and ultimately, a revision of the mascot rules by the NFL.
Boasting players like Gardner Minshew(Quarterback), Jawaan Taylor(Offensive Tackle), DJ Chark (Wide Reciever), Josh Allen (Defensive End), and Yannick Ngakoue (Defensive End), the Jaguars have a young, blooming squad that many predict as future Superbowl winners. Regarding salaries, Yannick Ngakoue remains the team's highest-paid player with a $17.5 million annual salary cap.
The Jaguars are known for their shrewd approach to doing business on the trade market and this fact is made apparent by the team's recent trade dealings. In trading Nick Foles and Calais Campbell respectively, the team acquired the 4th and 5th round picks for the 2020 NFL draft. The Jaguars also acquired Joshua Dobbs in Quarterback from Pittsburgh on a $607,000 per year contract.
No team profile is complete without discussing rivalries. In this regard, the Jaguars have three strong rivalries with the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Tennessee Titans. These three teams play in the same division as the Jaguars and on game days, there is a noticeable difference in ambiance when one of these teams come to town. There are also other notable rivalries between the Jaguars and their 1995 "expansion brethren" the Carolina Panthers - with which they share a history of having joined the league at the same time. Lately, however, a new rivalry has been seen forming with the Buffalo Bills.
In terms of silverware, the Jacksonville Jaguars have never won the Superbowl. This elusive trophy is perhaps a considerable blight on the team's record especially considering that for a 25-year-old franchise, it has already managed three division championships (in 1998,1999, and 2017), and made six playoff appearances (in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, and 2017).
More than football
The Jacksonville Jaguars is a team that focuses on community development - a fact few people recognize. Through the "Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation", the team awards more than $1 million a year towards community programs that target disadvantaged youths, veterans, and the poor.