1997 Jacksonville Jaguars season

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1997 Jacksonville Jaguars season
Head coachTom Coughlin
Home fieldTIAA Bank Field
Results
Record11–5
Division place2nd AFC Central
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at Broncos) 42–17
Pro BowlersT Tony Boselli
QB Mark Brunell
WR Jimmy Smith
P Bryan Barker
K Mike Hollis
Uniform
AFCS-1997-Uniform-JAX.PNG

The 1997Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 3rd season in the National Football League and the 3rd under head coach Tom Coughlin. The teams won 11 games and made the playoffs as a wild card team, but lost their first game to the Denver Broncos.

The team also made a couple of changes to the uniforms. They change the numbers to new font style numbers and added black side panels to the uniforms. During the offseason, the team had changed the font style numbers on the jerseys with the skinnier style with a black drop shadow in the back of the numbers but during the team 1997 preseason games there were several complaints that the announcers and the viewers had a hard time recognizing the numbers on the players. So the team decided to make the jersey numbers wider and removed the drop shadow numbers by the beginning of the regular season

Offseason[edit]

Draft[edit]

1997 Jacksonville Jaguars draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 21 Renaldo Wynn  Defensive tackle Notre Dame
2 50 Mike Logan  Cornerback West Virginia
3 79 James Hamilton  Linebacker North Carolina
4 114 Seth Payne  Defensive tackle Cornell
5 147 Damon Jones  Tight end Southern Illinois
6 184 Daimon Shelton  Running back Sacramento State
7 221 Jon Hesse  Linebacker Nebraska
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1997 Jacksonville Jaguars staff
Front office
  • Chairman/President/Chief Executive Officer – Wayne Weaver
  • Senior Vice President of Football Operations – Michael Huyghue
  • Director of College Scouting – Rick Reiprish
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Ron Hill
  • Assistant Director of Pro Personnel – Fran Foley
  • College Scout – Louis Clark
  • College Scout – Rick Mueller

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Larry Pasquale
  • Assistant Special Teams – Joe Baker

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jerry Palmieri
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jeff Hurd

Roster[edit]

1997 Jacksonville Jaguars final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time(ET) TV Announcers Attendance
1 August 31, 1997 at Baltimore Ravens W 28–27 NBC 4:00pm Tom Hammond & Jim Kelly
61,018
2 September 7, 1997 New York Giants W 40–13 FOX 4:00pm Kevin Harlan & Jerry Glanville
70,581
3 Bye
4 September 22, 1997 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–21 ABC 9:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
73,016
5 September 28, 1997 at Washington Redskins L 24–12 NBC 1:00pm Tom Hammond, Paul Maguire & Phil Simms
74,421
6 October 5, 1997 Cincinnati Bengals W 21–13 NBC 1:00pm Dan Hicks & Beasley Reece
67,128
7 October 12, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles W 38–21 FOX 1:00pm Thom Brennaman & Ron Pitts
69,150
8 October 19, 1997 at Dallas Cowboys L 26–22 NBC 1:00pm Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire & Phil Simms
64,464
9 October 26, 1997 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–17 (OT) NBC 4:00pm Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire & Phil Simms
57,011
10 November 2, 1997 at Tennessee Oilers W 30–24 NBC 4:00pm Joel Meyers & Beasley Reece
27,208
11 November 9, 1997 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–10 NBC 1:00pm Dan Hicks & Jim Kelly
70,444
12 November 16, 1997 Tennessee Oilers W 17–9 NBC 1:00pm Don Criqui & Jim Mora
70,070
13 November 23, 1997 at Cincinnati Bengals L 31–26 NBC 4:00pm Charlie Jones & Bob Trumpy
55,158
14 November 30, 1997 Baltimore Ravens W 29–27 NBC 1:00pm Joel Meyers & Beasley Reece
63,712
15 December 7, 1997 New England Patriots L 26–20 NBC 1:00pm Tom Hammond & Randy Cross
73,446
16 December 14, 1997 at Buffalo Bills W 20–14 NBC 1:00pm Joel Meyers, Paul Maguire & Jim Kelly
41,231
17 December 21, 1997 at Oakland Raiders W 20–9 NBC 4:00pm Joel Meyers & Jim Kelly
40,032

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 372 307 L1
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars 11 5 0 .688 394 318 W2
Tennessee Oilers 8 8 0 .500 333 310 W1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 355 405 W3
Baltimore Ravens 6 9 1 .406 326 345 L1

Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 27, 1997 at Denver Broncos (4) L 42–17
74,481

AFC Wild Card Game vs Denver Broncos[edit]

AFC Wild Card game: Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 7 10017
Broncos 14 7 02142

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 27, 1997
  • Game time: 2:00 p.m. MST

After upsetting the Broncos in the playoffs in the previous year, the Jaguars fell short in the re-match. John Elway lead the Broncos to a 42-17 win over the visiting Jaguars, throwing for 223 yards and a touchdown. Mark Brunell was 18 for 32 for 203 yards, but had no touchdowns on top of an interception. Similar to the year before when the Broncos could not stop Natrone Means and the Jaguars running game, the Jaguars struggled all game to contain the Broncos running attack. Terrell Davis carried 31 times for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Nonetheless, the game was close throughout, as the Broncos led by only 21-17 late in the 3rd. But the Broncos would score 21 unanswered points in the 4th quarter, ending the Jaguars season.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Mike Hollis, franchise record (tied), most field goals in one game, 5 field goals (November 30, 1997)[1]
  • Mike Hollis, franchise record (tied), most field goals in one season, 31 field goals (November 30, 1997)[1]
  • Mike Hollis, franchise record, most field goals in one season (tied), 31 field goals[1]
  • Mike Hollis, franchise record, most points in one season, 134 points[1]
  • James Stewart, franchise record, most touchdowns in one game, 5 touchdowns (October 12, 1997)[1]
  • James Stewart, franchise record, most points in one game, 30 points (October 12, 1997)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 52

External links[edit]