Jacksonville Jaguars Again Can’t Handle Prosperity: Same Old Song and Dance

December 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The players change. The coaches change. The seasons pass from one to the next. But one constant remains for the Jacksonville Jaguars: their abject inability to perform with their season on the line.
Jacksonville burst onto the NFL scene in 1996, their second year of existence. After falling to 4-7 late in the season, the Jaguars put on a run to remember. They won their last five games to sneak into the playoffs at 9-7, then pulled off a pair or 30-27 upsets over the No. 4 Buffalo Bills and No. 1 Denver Broncos.

They finally fell to New England in the AFC Championship Game, but it seemed like further success lay ahead for the "other" Florida team.
Unfortunately, that magical late-season run has proved to be the exception to the rule in northern Florida. Jacksonville still has yet to reach a Super Bowl in the 14 years since then. More often than not, they end up with a late-season slide that leaves them out of the playoffs altogether; when they do make the playoffs, the...

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