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The 2003 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 9th season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach Jack Del Rio. The Jaguars failed to improve upon their 6–10 regular season record in 2002 and failed to make the playoffs for the fourth season in a row. An 0–8 record in road games eliminated any chance of postseason play.

2003 Jacksonville Jaguars season
Head coachJack Del Rio
Home fieldALLTEL Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division place3rd AFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDT Marcus Stroud
Uniform
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Oddly, despite being in existence since 1995, this season marked the first time that the Jaguars played the San Diego Chargers.[1] This is due to old NFL scheduling formulas in place prior to 2002; the Jaguars had played the Chargers’ division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs four times;[2] the Denver Broncos[3] three times and the Oakland Raiders twice (though not since 1997).[4]

Week 3 was Mark Brunell’s last game as a Jaguar, as he was benched forcing rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich to take his spot for the rest of the season. Brunell left the team at the end of the season.

Jacksonville defeated New Orleans 20–19 in the week 16 game despite the River City Relay, a play that has gone down in NFL lore.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

DraftEdit

2003 Jacksonville Jaguars draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Byron Leftwich  Quarterback Marshall
2 39 Rashean Mathis *  Cornerback Bethune-Cookman
3 72 Vince Manuwai  Guard Hawaii
4 108 George Wrighster  Tight end Oregon
4 132 LaBrandon Toefield  Running back LSU
6 176 Brandon Green  Defensive end Rice
6 179 David Young  Safety Georgia Southern
6 193 Marques Ogden  Offensive tackle Howard
7 218 Malaefou MacKenzie  Fullback USC
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

StaffEdit

2003 Jacksonville Jaguars staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Bill Bates
  • Assistant Special Teams/Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Paul McCord

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Mark Asanovich
  • Strength and Conditioning Intern – Vernon Stephens

RosterEdit

2003 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

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Time Attendance
1 September 7, 2003 at Carolina Panthers L 23–24 CBS 1:00pm
72,134
2 September 14, 2003 Buffalo Bills L 17–38 CBS 1:00pm
58,613
3 September 21, 2003 at Indianapolis Colts L 13–23 CBS 1:00pm
55,770
4 September 28, 2003 at Houston Texans L 20–24 CBS 1:00pm
70,041
5 October 5, 2003 San Diego Chargers W 27–21 CBS 4:05pm
48,954
6 October 12, 2003 Miami Dolphins L 24–10 CBS 1:00pm
66,437
7 Bye
8 October 26, 2003 Tennessee Titans L 17–30 CBS 1:00pm
55,918
9 November 2, 2003 at Baltimore Ravens L 17–24 CBS 1:00pm
69,486
10 November 9, 2003 Indianapolis Colts W 28–23 CBS 1:00pm
45,037
11 November 16, 2003 at Tennessee Titans L 3–10 CBS 1:00pm
68,809
12 November 23, 2003 at New York Jets L 10–13 CBS 1:00pm
77,614
13 November 30, 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10 ESPN 8:30pm
60,543
14 December 7, 2003 Houston Texans W 27–0 CBS 1:00pm
43,363
15 December 14, 2003 at New England Patriots L 13–27 CBS 1:00pm
68,436
16 December 21, 2003 New Orleans Saints W 20–19 FOX 1:00pm
49,207
17 December 28, 2003 at Atlanta Falcons L 14–21 CBS 1:00pm
70,266

StandingsEdit

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 447 336 W1
(5) Tennessee Titans 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 435 324 W3
Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 276 331 L1
Houston Texans 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 255 380 L4

ReferencesEdit