For any NFL team, a January without football is a January to be forgotten. Such is the case for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who, a year removed from an AFC championship appearance, were eliminated from playoff contention in early December. Despite the disappointing season (a 5-11 record), the Jaguars cannot be counted out in the coming years. The Jaguars still boast a formidable defense, the defining feature of their 2017-18 playoff run. Pro Football Focus’ highest ranked edge defender, Calais Campbell, and pro bowl cornerback, Jalen Ramsey, are two of the league’s premier defenders – and are both members of the Jaguars’ squad.
Off the field, the Jaguars have a secret weapon- one of the most unique fanbases in the league. In 2012, Jaguars’ owner Shahid Khan signed a contract that would send the Jaguars to London for one game a year through the 2017 season, a deal that has now been extended through 2020. As a result of this unique agreement, the Jaguars have been able to build a stable fan base overseas. This, combined with the spark provided by the 2017-18 season, has given the Jaguars a revitalized and unique fan base that might propel them to success in the future.