As established on our homepage, we here at BroSports.Blog are writing a team by team breakdown of the all-franchise teams for every club in the NFL. This week, the focus is on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The All-Franchise Team: The Jacksonville Jaguars
Coach: Tom Coughlin
It’s a little strange that a coach who will best be remembered for his time with the New York Giants is the best coach in Jaguars history, but he really is. Who else is even up for consideration? Jack Del Rio? No thanks. Gus Bradley? No way. And considering that Doug Marrone’s days are numbered, it’s probably not him either.
During his time with the Jags, Coughlin went 68-60, meaning he’s the only coach (as of this writing) with a winning record in franchise history. Considering his return as executive, there’s really not an argument for anyone else.
Quarterback: Mark Brunell
Yikes. You know you don’t have a great legacy at quarterback when Mark Brunell is the best quarterback in franchise history. Sadly, nobody else has really come close. David Garrard had his moment in the sun, but even now, he has fewer yards and touchdowns and Blake Bortles, and I was never going to make Blake Bortles the All-Franchise quarterback.
Brunell is the franchise’s all-time leader in yards, touchdowns, and wins, so he gets the nod for at least one more year. As my favorite Jags fan, BlackandTeal.com’s William Frost loves to say, #JakeFromm2020.
Tailback: Fred Taylor
For a young franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars actually have a pretty respectable history of talented tailbacks. Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, and now, Leonard Fournette (give him time, Jags fans). However, Fred Taylor was easily king of the Jacksonville tailbacks.
Still the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, Fred Taylor was a dominant force, ahead of his time. A threat on the ground and through the air, Taylor is one of those rare players that could’ve dominated in any era. His only issue was that he couldn’t seem to stay on the field, but he was just as dangerous when he was drafted in 1998 as he was towards the end of his time in Jacksonville in 2007.
Wide Receivers: Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell
The downside of not having a great quarterback is that it’s that much harder for receivers to really establish themselves. The Jaguars have had several good, but not great wide outs. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns were a solid duo for the team for three seasons, and they’re praying DJ Chark will develop into something, but at the end of the day, there were only two contenders.
Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell are first and second in every Jags receiving stat, and they worked together in the infancy of the franchise to move the ball through the air.
Tight End: Marcedes Lewis
Behind Smith and McCardell in Jaguars history is Marcedes Lewis. Lewis is third in yards and receptions and second in receiving touchdowns. There’s nobody else in franchise history that even sniffs Lewis’ production, and in an era where Jacksonville almost always relied on the run game, he was the team’s most consistent option through the air.
Tackle: Tony Boselli
A Hall of Fame finalist here in 2019, Tony Boselli was the first player in franchise history after the Jaguars selected him second overall back in 1995. Boselli spent all seven of his seasons in Jacksonville, was voted to the Pro Bowl five times, and was a three-time first-team All Pro.
Guard: Chris Naeole
In the mid-2000’s, the Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the NFL’s most dangerous running teams, and Chris Naeole was a big part of that. He only missed two games in eight years as a crucial part of Jacksonville’s line, paving the way for the likes of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.
Center: Brad Meester
Brad Meester is the proud owner of a stat that not many players can claim. More games have been played with the Jacksonville Jaguars than have been played without him. He was Jacksonville’s center from his rookie season in 2000 until he retired in 2013.
Edge Rusher: Tony Brackens
Somewhat of a forgotten playmaker, Tony Brackens is Jacksonville’s all-time leader in sacks and forced fumbles. He also had a 27 yard interception touchdown, deflected 25 passes, and forced a safety. Weirdly, he was only ever named to one Pro Bowl and was a second-team All-Pro in 1999. Imagine if the Jaguars of today had a pass rusher like Brackens.
Interior Defender: John Henderson
It was hard to make this decision. It either had to be John Henderson or Marcus Stroud, because in all reality, you can’t have one without the other. Two massive linemen that dominated inside for almost ten years. Together, they crushed the run and terrorized quarterbacks. However, it was Henderson that had the most sacks inside (29), and is now famous for needing to be slapped before each game.
Linebacker: Paul Posluszny
When Jacksonville’s all-time leading tackler retired following the 2017 season, they lost the heart of their defense. In 2018, their defense still ranked high in many different categories, but they were missing something in the front seven. Slus spent the last seven years of his career in Jacksonville, recording more than 100 tackles on three different occasions.
Corners: Jalen Ramsey and Rashean Mathis
Two very different corners from very different time period, the Jacksonville Jaguars have managed to assemble a pretty decent defensive backfield in their short tenure in the NFL. Even in 2018, the corner tandem of Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye was probably the best in the NFL. Ramsey makes the cut, but it’s another Jacksonville corner that fills out the dream secondary.
Jacksonville’s all-time leader in interceptions, interception return yards, interception touchdowns, and deflections is the legendary Rashean Mathis. Mathis terrorized opposing wide receivers in Jacksonville for nearly ten years.
His counterpart is Jalen Ramsey, also known as the best corner in football. Even as the Jags failed to meet their expectations this season, Ramsey still dominated, and was a huge part of keeping Jacksonville’s defense elite.
Safeties: Donovin Darius and Chris Hudson
Donovin Darius was the best safety in franchise history. For nearly a decade, he was a force in Jacksonville’s defensive backfield, punsihing receivers, tight ends, and tailbacks alike. He forced seven fumbles and 14 interceptions in his time with the team.
As for Chris Hudson, he has the second most interceptions of any Jaguars safety (8), and he had the longest run of the remain candidates with the team.
Kicker: Josh Scobee
Josh Scobee was Jacksonville’s kicker for ten years, and he has the highest field goal percentage as well as the most field goals, extra points, and kicks from fifty plus yards. It’s an easy choice.
Punter: Bryan Barker
The Jags are a young franchise, so they haven’t had a ton of punters, but Barker is probably the best in their history. No punter has played more games (96) than Barker, and unlike the second choice, Bryan Anger, he never had a punt blocked. Not to mention, he had that ridiculous 83 yard punt in 1999.