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
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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.

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

Draft

Main article: 2008 NFL Draft

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 signings

Richard Collier shooting

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 roster

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

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue
1 August 9 Atlanta Falcons W 20–17 1–0 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
2 August 16 Miami Dolphins L 14–19 1–1 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
3 August 23 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–17 2–1 Raymond James Stadium
4 August 28 at Washington Redskins W 24–3 3–1 FedExField

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 7 at Tennessee Titans L 10–17 0–1 LP Field 69,143
2 September 14 Buffalo Bills L 16–20 0–2 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 65,167
3 September 21 at Indianapolis Colts W 23–21 1–2 Lucas Oil Stadium 65,938
4 September 28 Houston Texans W 30–27 (OT) 2–2 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 64,061
5 October 5 Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–26 2–3 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 65,908
6 October 12 at Denver Broncos W 24–17 3–3 Invesco Field at Mile High 75,674
7 Bye
8 October 26 Cleveland Browns L 17–23 3–4 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 64,775
9 November 2 at Cincinnati Bengals L 19–21 3–5 Paul Brown Stadium 64,238
10 November 9 at Detroit Lions W 38–14 4–5 Ford Field 52,631
11 November 16 Tennessee Titans L 14–24 4–6 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 65,258
12 November 23 Minnesota Vikings L 12–30 4–7 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 65,064
13 December 1 at Houston Texans L 17–30 4–8 Reliant Stadium 70,809
14 December 7 at Chicago Bears L 10–23 4–9 Soldier Field 61,736
15 December 14 Green Bay Packers W 20–16 5–9 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 65,457
16 December 18 Indianapolis Colts L 24–31 5–10 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 65,648
17 December 28 at Baltimore Ravens L 7–27 5–11 M&T Bank Stadium 71,366

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

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

Game summaries

Week 1: at Tennessee Titans

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

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Week 2: vs. Buffalo Bills

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

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts

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

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Week 4: vs. Houston Texans

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

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 5: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 6: at Denver Broncos

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

at Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Week 8: vs. Cleveland Browns

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

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 9: at Cincinnati Bengals

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

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Week 10: at Detroit Lions

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

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Week 11: vs. Tennessee Titans

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

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings

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

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 13: at Houston Texans

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

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Week 14: at Chicago Bears

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

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers

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

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 16: vs. Indianapolis Colts

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

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 17: at Baltimore Ravens

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

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Notes and references

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