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The 2008 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League and the 6th under head coach Jack Del Rio. The Jaguars failed to improve upon their 11–5 record from 2007 and did not make the playoffs. The Jaguars struggled to a 5–11 finish, the franchise's worst record since 2003. The team's struggles were in part the result of a rash of injuries to the team's offensive line. The Jaguars lost starting guards Vince Manuwai and Maurice Williams for the season within the first quarter of the opening game. Tackle Richard Collier's career ended in early September when he was brutally attacked and shot 14 times.[1] Center Brad Meester missed the first two months of the season and guard Chris Naeole, signed to the roster mid-season in response to these injuries, was injured in pregame warmups before playing a single snap. Against teams with smaller defensive linemen, the 2008 Jaguars offense resembled the 2007 offense because the line was able to dominate. An example is the 23–21 victory in Indianapolis against the Colts that saw David Garrard drive the Jaguars into field goal range in the final minute, culminating with Josh Scobee booting the game-winning 51-yard field goal. However, the Jaguars overall struggled, especially in the second half of the season, as evidenced by a 19–21 loss to the Bengals, who entered the game with an 0–8 record.

2008 Jacksonville Jaguars season
Head coachJack Del Rio
Home fieldJacksonville Municipal Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th AFC South
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersNone
Uniform
AFCS-2008-Uniform-JAX.PNG

This season marked the end of an era as running back Fred Taylor left the team after 11 seasons.

DraftEdit

2008 Jacksonville Jaguars draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 8 Derrick Harvey  Defensive end Florida
2 52 Quentin Groves  Defensive end Auburn
5 155 Thomas Williams  Linebacker USC
5 159 Trae Williams  Cornerback USF
7 213 Chauncey Washington  Running back USC
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Source:[2]

Trades and free agent signingsEdit

Richard Collier shootingEdit

On September 2, 2008, third-year offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot outside an apartment building in Jacksonville while waiting for his girlfriend with a friend of his, former teammate Kenny Pettway, in his Cadillac Escalade.[3] He was shot 14 times, largely in his lower torso and upper legs. Five bullets lodged in his bladder, and two struck his spine, severing his spinal cord. He was critically wounded, and spent three weeks on a ventilator. He was left paraplegic, as well as having his left leg amputated below the knee due to embolisms.

Final rosterEdit

Jacksonville Jaguars 2008 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

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:30pm EDT Atlanta Falcons W 20–17 1–0 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium WTEV-TV Recap
2 August 16 7:30pm EDT Miami Dolphins L 14–19 1–1 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium WTEV-TV Recap
3 August 23 7:30 EDT at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–17 2–1 Raymond James Stadium WTEV-TV Recap
4 August 28 7:00pm EDT at Washington Redskins W 24–3 3–1 FedExField NBC Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 7 1:00pm EDT at Tennessee Titans L 10–17 0–1 LP Field CBS Recap
2 September 14 1:00pm EDT Buffalo Bills L 16–20 0–2 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 21 4:15pm EDT at Indianapolis Colts W 23–21 1–2 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
4 September 28 1:00pm EDT Houston Texans W 30–27 (OT) 2–2 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 5 8:15pm EDT Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–26 2–3 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium NBC Recap
6 October 12 4:05pm EDT at Denver Broncos W 24–17 3–3 Invesco Field at Mile High CBS Recap
7 Bye
8 October 26 4:05pm EST Cleveland Browns L 17–23 3–4 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 2 1:00pm EST at Cincinnati Bengals L 19–21 3–5 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 9 1:00pm EST at Detroit Lions W 38–14 4–5 Ford Field CBS Recap
11 November 16 4:15pm EST Tennessee Titans L 14–24 4–6 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 23 1:00pm EST Minnesota Vikings L 12–30 4–7 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 1 8:00pm EST at Houston Texans L 17–30 4–8 Reliant Stadium ESPN Recap
14 December 7 1:00pm EST at Chicago Bears L 10–23 4–9 Soldier Field CBS Recap
15 December 14 1:00pm EST Green Bay Packers W 20–16 5–9 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 18 8:15pm EST Indianapolis Colts L 24–31 5–10 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium NFLN Recap
17 December 28 4:15pm EST at Baltimore Ravens L 7–27 5–11 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
NOTES:
Division games are in bold text.
All games are on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

StandingsEdit

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 .813 4–2 9–3 375 234 L1
(5) Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 .750 4–2 10–2 377 298 W9
Houston Texans 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 366 394 W1
Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 302 367 L2

Regular season resultsEdit

Week 1: at Tennessee TitansEdit

1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 7 0310
Titans 3 7 0717

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

With the loss, the Jaguars started their season at 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

1 2 34Total
Bills 7 3 01020
Jaguars 0 3 10316

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

With the loss, the Jaguars started their season at 0–2.

Week 3: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 10 7623
Colts 7 7 0721

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

With the win, the Jaguars improved to 1–2.

Week 4: vs. Houston TexansEdit

1 2 34OTTotal
Texans 3 7 710027
Jaguars 7 3 710330

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

With the win, the Jaguars improved to 2–2.

Week 5: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

1 2 34Total
Steelers 7 13 0626
Jaguars 14 0 0721

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

With the loss, the Jaguars fell to 2–3.

Week 6: at Denver BroncosEdit

1 2 34Total
Jaguars 3 7 14024
Broncos 7 0 3717

at Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

With the win, the Jaguars went into their bye week at 3–3.

Week 8: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

1 2 34Total
Browns 7 10 0623
Jaguars 0 7 7317

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

With the loss, the Jaguars fell to 3–4.

Week 9: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 3 01619
Bengals 7 7 7021

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

With the loss, the Jaguars fell to 3–5.

Week 10: at Detroit LionsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jaguars 3 21 7738
Lions 7 0 0714

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

With the win, the Jaguars improved to 4–5.

Week 11: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

1 2 34Total
Titans 3 0 14724
Jaguars 0 14 0014

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

With the loss, the Jaguars fell to 4–6.

Week 12: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

1 2 34Total
Vikings 17 0 31030
Jaguars 7 3 0212

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

With the loss, the Jaguars fell to 4–7.

Week 13: at Houston TexansEdit

1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 0 31417
Texans 10 0 61430

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

With the loss, the Jaguars fell to 4–8.

Week 14: at Chicago BearsEdit

1 2 34Total
Jaguars 3 0 0710
Bears 10 10 0323

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

With the loss, the Jaguars fell to 4–9.

Week 15: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

1 2 34Total
Packers 3 10 0316
Jaguars 7 0 01320

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

With the win, the Jaguars improved to 5–9.

Week 16: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

1 2 34Total
Colts 0 7 71731
Jaguars 7 10 7024

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

With the loss, the Jaguars fell to 5–10.

Week 17: at Baltimore RavensEdit

1 2 34Total
Jaguars 7 0 007
Ravens 3 21 3027

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

With the loss, the Jaguars finished the season at 5–11 and last place in the AFC South.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ News 4 Jax Archived 2009-11-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars 2008 Draft Choices". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  3. ^ Associated Press (2008). "Jaguars' Collier critical after shooting; ex-teammate Pettway unhurt". Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-02.