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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Jacksonville Jaguars became a franchise back in 1993 but didn’t play their first season until 1995. That year the Carolina Panthers and Jaguars both entered the NFL and since then Jacksonville has really struggled to find their identity on the football field. The Jaguars have compiled a 155-197 lifetime record for a win percentage of .440. That means Jacksonville has been under the .500 mark for the overall duration of their existence and it’s because no matter what happens the Jaguars find a way to let their good fortunes slip away. One example of this is Blake Bortles, Bortles has looked great at times but the Jaguars haven’t put their young quarterback in position to succeed. Jacksonville acquired Chris Ivory and T.J Yeldon to alleviate pressure off Bortles but both those running backs failed to meet expectations. That led Jacksonville to drafting Leonard Fournette in the draft this off-season and one has to wonder if Fournette will be washed away in the Jaguars abyss as well? Jacksonville is known for destroying player’s careers and if Fournette isn’t careful he could be the next elite talent to disappear in Northeast Florida. If there is any bright spots for Owner Shahid Kahn’s team it’s the fact that they hired Doug Marrone as their head coach. Gus Bradley struggled to lead the Jaguars for the last four seasons and Marrone should help improve Jacksonville’s overall leadership. Doug Marrone was a head coach at the University of Syracuse and for the Buffalo Bills before landing this opportunity with the Jags. Those past experiences will pave the way for the new coach and expect this franchise to significantly improve from having a more seasoned head coach at the helm. Regardless of all that though, once the regular season starts this team will be battling the past. The Jaguars will wrestle with the fact that they’ve been a doormat franchise for most of their lifetime and it will be up to Marrone, Bortles, and Fournette to overcome the odds and lead this team back into the light. That won’t be a very easy task to do and so many coaches and players have failed before them.
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