Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said in a recent story on NFL.com the fan base in North Florida is most deserving of a Super Bowl title in 2019.
The former Jaguars running back, who is second on the team’s all-time rushing list, was recently asked that question in a panel discussion on NFL.com’s website. The player-turned-analyst was a part of the Jaguars organization from 2006-2013 and won the league’s rushing title in 2011 with 1,606 yards.
"Per the story on NFL.com, “Fifty-three years into the Super Bowl era, and there are 12 NFL franchises that have yet to experience winning the title game. People inside the organization aren’t the only ones who feel the pain of never hoisting a Lombardi Trophy. Their loyal and invested fan bases equally suffer."
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"“Then there are those who have been spoiled with multiple championship banners, with the New England Patriots (six), Pittsburgh Steelers (six), San Francisco 49ers (five) and Dallas Cowboys (five) at the top of the titles list.”"
The Jaguars almost reached the pinnacle of success in 2017 by reaching the AFC Title game but fell short to the New England Patriots, 24-20. Last season, the Jaguars season fell apart with a disappointing 5-11 record. With a new season brings another chance to reach the playoffs and the changes the Jaguars made to its roster this offseason could bring a more stable offense to North Florida. It starts with quarterback Nick Foles.
"“Foles delivers, gives Jacksonville its first title,” Jones-Drew wrote as the title to the reason why he chose his former city to raise a Lombardi Trophy.“Although the Jaguars’ organization is still young compared to others, there is no other fan base more deserving of a title. The fans have suffered through some disappointing years (14 losing seasons since 1995), but the Jags have also been within reach of a Super Bowl, having made the AFC Championship Game three times, with the most recent appearance coming just two seasons ago.”"
The organization will celebrate their 25th year in the league in 2019 and have been to three AFC Title games in their existence – 1996, 1999 and 2017. While there has been a modicum of success with the franchise throughout those 25 years, consistent winning is not something the Black and Teal is known for. This roster is trying to prove the 5-11 record of 2018 was an aberration.
The playoff berth in 2017 was the first one for the franchise in 10 seasons, which Jones-Drew was a part of.
"“The Duval faithful have stuck with the team through thick and thin and feel they have a real shot at bringing home a Lombardi this season, thanks to a great defense and the arrival of former Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles. I’m here for it.”"