Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.

Mark picks his favorite Jaguars

What’s new with the Jacksonville Jaguars? That’s what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That’s because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

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Updates

2020 Season

2020 Season Preview: Jacksonville fans are keeping their fingers crossed that star running back Leonard Fournette can make it through the 2020 season without a major injury. That will help quarterback Gardner Minshew continue the progress he made in 2019. Coach Doug Marrone will be giving a lot of young players a chance to prove themselves this season. If enough come through, the Jaguars can go shopping for free agents and return to the playoffs in 2021.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: The Jaguars’ season ended almost before it began when quarterback Nick Foles broke his collarbone in the opening game. Gardner Minshew played very well in his place, and Leonard Fournette had a nice year, but the defense just couldn’t get the job done and the team finished 6–10.

September 8, 2019: Rookie Gardner Minshew completed 22 of 25 passes to set a record for the best completion percentage (88%) by a quarterback in his first NFL game.

2019 Season Preview: Jacksonville fans still can’t believe their team lost 11 games in 2018 after nearly reaching the Super Bowl the year before. In 2019, they will be cheering for quarterback Nick Foles, who has a knack for turning teams around. Who will step up to be his main receiver is difficult to say early on. What everyone knows for sure is that the team will put a rugged defense on the field every week, thanks to a good secondary and pass rushers Marcell Dareus, Calais Campbell, and first-round pick Josh Allen.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: The Jaguars looked like contenders in the season’s first month, but the offense struggled the rest of the way and the team finished with just five victories. Running back Leonard Fournette was not healthy until November and did not have a 100-yard game. Jalen Ramsey and veteran Calais Campbell led a defense that kept the Jags in most games.

2018 Season Preview: Do the Jaguars have the talent to make it back to the AFC title game in 2018? That depends on the continued improvement of quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Leonard Fournette. With better players on the line this year, that is a real possibility. As for the defense, it is almost unimprovable.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: The Jaguars went 10–6 and won two close playoff games against the Bills and Steelers to reach the AFC championship game. After taking an early lead, they fell to the Patriots, 24–20. The secret to Jacksonville’s success was its defense, which was #1 in the NFL. Six defensive players were picked to play in the Pro Bowl. The Jags also had the league’s best rushing offense. Rookie Leonard Fournette ran for more than 1,000 yards and QB Blake Bortles had his best season, with 3,687 passing yards and 21 touchdowns.

2017 Season Preview: Jacksonville fans still can’t believe their team only won 3 games in 2016. The Jags had the talent to keep games close, but not quite enough to rack up victories. That is likely to change in 2017, thanks to new players like running back Leonard Fournette and an improved defensive line.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: Back-to-back wins over the Colts and Bears in October gave Jacksonville fans a glimmer of hope, but the team did not win again until Christmas Eve and finished 3–13. Blake Bortles started all 16 games at quarterback, but lacked the weapons to win close games. The team’s defensive star was rookie Yannick Ngakoue, who had eight sacks and an interception.

2016 Season Preview: The Jaguars were very busy after their disappointing 5-win season in 2015. They added tons of talent through trades, free agent signings and the draft. New running back Chris Ivory joins three players who improved greatly last season—quarterback Blake Bortles and receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Depending on how long it takes the new faces on defense to mesh, the Jaguars could end up 6–10, 10–6 or anywhere in between.

2015 Season

2015 Season Preview: Young Blake Bortles handled the ups and downs of a rookie quarterback with great poise last year. He has better blockers and receivers this season, so the Jaguars figure to score. Can they keep opponents out of the end zone? A weak pass rush may make that difficult.

2014 Season

September 2, 2014: Jacksonville has a good mix of veteran stars and young prospects, led by rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. The starting job is his to win and hold in 2014, and Jaguar fans can’t wait until he gets a few wins under his belt. The Jags could surprise a few good teams this year, especially if their run-blocking improves.

2013 Season

September 4, 2013: New coach Gus Bradley has plans to turn the Jaguars into a winner in 2013, but those plans hinge on a breakout year from quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Does he have it in him? With the exception of Maurice Jones-Drew, Gabbert may not get much help from the offense…or the defense, which Bradley is in the process of rebuilding. The good news for Jags fans is a great draft. Rookies Luke Joeckel, Johnathan Cyprien, and Dwayne Gratz could be making headlines before the season is over.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: The Jaguars didn’t make much progress in 2012, going 2–14. One of the few bright spots was Justin Blackmon, who caught 64 passes in his rookie year.

Summer, 2012: The Jaguars have a new owner in 2012, Shahid Khan, a Pakistani-born American business executive. Khan will look for improvement from young quarterback Blaine Gabbert and a defense that was one of the softest in the NFL in 2011.

More Go-To Guys

Marcus Stroud signed this magazine cover, which also shows John Henderson. (Author’s Collection)

This insert of Blaine Gabbert is really hard to find. It’s definitely going into a good holder. (Topps, Inc.)

  • Donovin Darius —  Defensive Back
    Born: 8/12/1975
    Played for Team: 1998 to 2006
    Donovin Darius roamed all over the field and loved to make hard tackles. The Jaguars drafted him in the first round in 1998, and he quickly became a starter. In 2000, Darius has one sack, intercepted two passes, and was second on the team with 65 tackles.

  • Marcus Stroud — Defensive Lineman
    Born: 6/25/1978
    Played for Team: 2001 to 2007
    Marcus Stroud was a huge defensive lineman who anchored the Jacksonville defense. Stroud was at his best stopping the run, but he could also sack the quarterback. Stroud was voted to the Pro Bowl three seasons in a row starting in 2003.

  • John Henderson — Defensive Lineman
    Born: 1/9/1979
    Played for Team: 2002 to 2009
    John Henderson was strong and quick, which made him very difficult to block. As a rookie, he had 6.5 sacks. Two years later, he played in the Pro Bowl. Henderson also recovered five fumbles during his career with Jacksonville.

  • Byron Leftwich — Quarterback
    Born: 1/14/1980
    Played for Team: 2003 To 2006
    Byron Leftwich became Jacksonville’s starting quarterback during his rookie season. Though inexperienced, he won games with his creativity and toughness. Leftwich became one of the team’s best leaders.

  • Blaine Gabbert — Quarterback
    Born: 10/15/1989
    First Year with Team: 2011
    As the 2011 draft approached, the Jaguars hoped to find a new team leader. In the first round, they took Blaine Gabbert. He had the size, speed, and arm to be a great quarterback. In his rookie season, he threw 12 touchdown passes and guided the Jaguars to a win over the Baltimore Ravens, one of the NFL’s best teams.

More Fun Facts

I like this shot of Mark Brunell. He was warming up for a game looking happy and relaxed. (Black Book Partners)

  • J-VILLE
    Long before the Jaguars began play, fans in Jacksonville showed how much they wanted pro football in their city. The American Football League played its All-Star Game there in 1967 and 1968, and the Jacksonville Sharks of the World Football League called the city home in 1974. In 1984 and 1985, the Jacksonville Bulls were one of the most popular teams in the United States Football League.

  • MARK OF EXCELLENCE
    When the Jags traded for Mark Brunell in 1995, they hoped he would make the team competitive. He did that and more. Brunell became the first quarterback in history to lead an explansion team to the playoffs in three of its first four seasons.

  • THE FIRST JAGUAR
    The first-ever Jaguar was quarterback Steve Beuerlein. The team selected him with the #1 pick in the 1995 Expansion Draft. Beuerlein started the first two games but sprained his knee and lost his job to Mark Brunell. One year later, Beuerlein signed with the NFL’s other expansion club, the Carolina Panthers.

League Leaders

This card really shows how small Maurice Jones-Drew is compared to other NFL players. (Topps, Inc.)

Mike Hollis looks like he’s watching himself kick. Weird. (Fleer Corp.)

  • RUSHING YARDS
    2011 — Maurice Jones-Drew — 1,606

  • RECEIVING YARDS
    No Jaguar has led the league in receiving yards.

  • PASSING YARDS
    1996 — Mark Brunell — 4,367

  • RUSHING TDs
    No Jaguar has led the league in rushing touchdowns.

  • RECEIVING TDs
    2015 — Allen Robinson — 14

  • PASSING TDs
    No Jaguar has led the league in passing touchdowns.

  • POINTS
    1997 — Mike Hollis — 134

  • INTERCEPTIONS
    No Jaguar has led the league in interceptions.

  • SACKS
    No Jaguar has led the league in sacks.

Playing for the Championship

SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1996 AFC Championship New England Patriots Lost 20–6
1999 AFC Championship Tennessee Titans Lost 33–14

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