Andrew Schau – The Collegiate Staff
The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a complete turn-around from last year, and many years prior. For almost two decades, the team has been the laughing stock of the NFL. Out of nowhere, the Jaguars have punched their ticket to the AFC Championship Game to face the New England Patriots, after going just 3-13 last season.
So, how did the Jaguars get to this point? The NFL, or any league for that matter, has never seen such a quick change in only one season. In order to have a winning team in the NFL, a reliable quarterback is needed. Blake Bortles, who once lead the NFL in interceptions thrown, has now become a trustworthy franchise quarterback.
Bortles has been good, but the defense of the Jaguars has stepped up the most. Over the regular season, the defense allowed the fewest passing yards in the NFL at only 169.9 yards per game, and they were No. 2 in total defense, allowing only 286.1 total yards per game. Last season, the Jaguars were in the bottom third of the NFL in points allowed, at 25 points per.
Jacksonville’s Executive Vice President of football operations, Tom Coughlin, is now in control of what the team is doing on the field. This could mean trouble for the favored Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. When Coughlin was the head coach for the New York Giants, he won two Super Bowls, both against New England. If Coughlin uses the same tricks as he did in those two Super Bowls, the underdog Jag’s could be headed to Super Bowl LII.
The AFC Championship kicks off at 3:05 p.m. in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sun., Jan.21.