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1999 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the team's fifth year in the National Football League. Wide receiver Jimmy Smith set a franchise record for most receptions and receiving yards in one season. Smith would finish second in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,636 yards.[1] The Jaguars’ regular season record of 14–2 still stands as their best record in franchise history, but this would be the last time Jacksonville won any division title until they won the AFC South title in 2017.

1999 Jacksonville Jaguars season
Head coachTom Coughlin
Home fieldALLTEL Stadium
Division place1st AFC Central
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 62–7
Lost AFC Championship (Titans) 33–14
Pro BowlersT Tony Boselli
T Leon Searcy
WR Jimmy Smith
QB Mark Brunell
DE Tony Brackens
LB Kevin Hardy
FS Carnell Lake

The Jaguars hired former Carolina Panthers head coach Dom Capers to be their defensive coordinator. Under Capers, the team went from 25th in 1998 to 4th in 1999 in total defense.[2] The Jaguars defense yielded the fewest points in the NFL with 217 (an average of 13.6 points per game).[2]

Pro Football Reference,[3] however, argues that the 1999 Jaguars gained the fifth-easiest schedule of any NFL team between 1971 and 2017 inclusive.[note 1] Both regular season losses were to the Tennessee Titans, and they lost again to Tennessee in the AFC Championship Game, making the Titans the only team to beat them the entire season. However, the only other occasion the Jaguars opposed an team with a winning record was their demolition of the 9–7 Dolphins in the divisional playoff. Most significantly, Jacksonville missed Super Bowl champion St. Louis, despite defeating the other four teams then comprising the NFC West – including a 41–3 destruction of the San Francisco 49ers on opening day – while their non-division conference opponents were Broncos and Jets outfits weakened by injuries to Terrell Davis and Vinny Testaverde.[4]


NFL draftEdit

1999 Jacksonville Jaguars draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Fernando Bryant  Cornerback Alabama
2 56 Larry Smith  Defensive tackle Florida State
3 88 Anthony Cesario  Guard Colorado State
4 121 Kevin Landolt  Offensive tackle West Virginia
5 160 Jason Craft  Cornerback Colorado State
6 182 Emarlos Leroy  Defensive tackle Georgia Bulldogs
7 242 Dee Moronkola  Cornerback Washington State
7 246 Chris White  Defensive end Southern
      Made roster  



1999 Jacksonville Jaguars staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jerry Palmieri
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Greg Finnegan


1999 Jacksonville Jaguars final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals.


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site
1 September 12 San Francisco 49ers W 41–3 1–0 Alltel Stadium Recap
2 September 19 at Carolina Panthers W 22–20 2–0 Ericsson Stadium Recap
3 September 26 Tennessee Titans L 19–20 2–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
4 October 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–3 3–1 Three Rivers Stadium Recap
5 October 11 at New York Jets W 16–6 4–1 Giants Stadium Recap
6 October 17 Cleveland Browns W 24–7 5–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
7 Bye
8 October 31 at Cincinnati Bengals W 41–10 6–1 Cinergy Field Recap
9 November 7 at Atlanta Falcons W 30–7 7–1 Georgia Dome Recap
10 November 14 Baltimore Ravens W 6–3 8–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
11 November 21 New Orleans Saints W 41–23 9–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
12 November 28 at Baltimore Ravens W 30–23 10–1 PSINet Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–6 11–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
14 December 13 Denver Broncos W 27–24 12–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
15 December 19 at Cleveland Browns W 24–14 13–1 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
16 December 26 at Tennessee Titans L 14–41 13–2 Adelphia Coliseum Recap
17 January 2 Cincinnati Bengals W 24–7 14–2 Alltel Stadium Recap


AFC Central
(1) Jacksonville Jaguars 14 2 0 .875 396 217 W1
(4) Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 .813 392 324 W4
Baltimore Ravens 8 8 0 .500 324 277 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .375 317 320 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 283 460 L2
Cleveland Browns 2 14 0 .125 217 437 L6



Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site
Divisional January 15, 2000 Miami Dolphins (6) W 62–7 1–0 Alltel Stadium Recap
AFC Championship January 23, 2000 Tennessee Titans (4) L 14–33 1–1 Alltel Stadium [Recap

AFC Divisional vs Miami DolphinsEdit

AFC Divisional Game: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 7 007
Jaguars 24 17 14762

at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL

  • Date: January 15, 2000
  • Game time: 12:35 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 57 °F (13.9 °C), wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn)

The Jaguars number one defense forced 7 Miami turnovers as the Jaguars won in one of the most lopsided games in NFL playoff history. The Jaguars were up 24–0 after the 1st quarter. The game was so one-sided that the Jaguars were up 41–0 in the 2nd quarter before the Dolphins were finally able to score. The highlight of the game was Fred Taylor’s 90-yard touchdown run in the 1st quarter. This was the last game for both Dan Marino and coach Jimmy Johnson.

AFC Championship Game vs Tennessee TitansEdit

AFC Championship Game: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 7 3 16733
Jaguars 7 7 0014

at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL

  • Date: January 23, 2000
  • Game time: 12:42 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), wind 12 miles per hour (19 km/h; 10 kn)

The Jaguars became the first team in NFL history to lose three games to the same team in the same season, with the third loss occurring as the home team (every team until this point had lost a third game on the road). Even though the Titans had 4 turnovers, the Jaguars had 6 which proved to be their downfall. The Jaguars failed to score in the 2nd half, in part due to the Titans defense which forced 4 turnovers after halftime. The game started to fall out of the Jaguars reach when in the 3rd quarter, with the Titans up 17–14, Mark Brunell was sacked in the end zone for a safety. Then on the next play, Derrick Mason returned the kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, giving the Titans 9 points in just 17 seconds, putting them up 26–14. The Jaguars never recovered, and thus finished the season 0–3 versus the Titans, but 15–0 versus all remaining opponents.

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Aaron Beasley, Franchise Record, Most Interceptions in One Season, (6)[6]
  • Mike Hollis, Franchise Record (tied), Most Field Goals in One Season, (31)[6]
  • Jimmy Smith, Franchise Record, Most Receptions in One Season, (116)[6]
  • Jimmy Smith, Franchise Record, Most Receiving Yards in One Season, (1,636)[6]
  • Jimmy Smith, NFL Leader, Receptions, (116)[1]


  1. ^ The four weaker schedules were, in order of increasing weakness, the 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 1975 Minnesota Vikings, the 1991 Buffalo Bills, and the 1999 St. Louis Rams.


  1. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440
  2. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.92
  3. ^ Pro Football Reference; 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. ^ Silver, Michael; ‘Ram Tough’; Sports Illustrated, vol. 92, issue 1, p. 48
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2
  6. ^ a b c d NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 52