In my endless research of all things football and through my passion for the history of the NFL, I have decided to try and compile an All-Time Team for all 32 current NFL franchises. By All-Time Team I mean a starting roster compiled of the very best players to ever put on each franchise’s jersey. I will be starting in alphabetical order by current franchise location, so Arizona Cardinals all the way to The Washington Football Team, with the goal of releasing one to two All-Time teams a week for the duration of the current NFL season. This is meant to be fun and cause some debate and is based on my opinion after all my research and deep dives into each franchise’s history. Of course, not everyone will agree with who I chose, and I’d love to hear from anyone who agrees or disagrees, but first, let’s lay out some ground rules for how I came up with each team.
1. Each team roster will consist of the following:
Offense - 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 2 OT, 2 OG, 1 C
Defense - 2 DE, 2 DT, 3 LB, 2 CB, 2 S
Special Teams - 1 K, 1 P, 1 Returner
Coach - 1 Head Coach
2. I only considered an individual’s stats and contributions with each specific franchise. For example, Peyton Manning’s years with the Broncos were not considered when deciding on the starting QB of the Colts All-Time Team. As a result, the stats and awards listed with each individual player are only those that were achieved with that specific franchise.
3. A player cannot represent two teams as the starter. Players who spent time with more than one team were considered for the franchise they spent the most time with or had the most impact on. This rule led to some interesting scenarios that I will discuss in detail with each specific article to try and clear up any confusion.
4. A player’s stats and impact were considered in context with their era. This won’t simply be a listing of who passed or ran for the most yards in franchise history.
5. All stats are from Pro-Football-Reference and through the 2021 season. I will also be counting sacks from 1960, though the NFL doesn't officially count sacks until 1982.
6. Players in the "Honorable Mentions" section are ordered by year. It's not an indication of where I believe they rank in franchise history.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it!
Jacksonville Jaguars All-Time Team
First Season: 1995
Record: 180-253 (41.57 W-L%)
Playoff Record: 7-7
Super Bowls Won: 0
Passing Leader: Mark Brunell 2,184/3,616 | 25,698 Yds | 144 TD
Rushing Leader: Fred Taylor 2,428 Att | 11,271 Yds | 62 TD
Receiving Leader: Jimmy Smith 862 Rec | 12,287 Yds | 67 TD
Sack Leader: Tony Brackens 55 Sk
Interception Leader: Rashean Mathis 30 Int
Scoring Leader: Josh Scobee 1,022 Points
Winningest Coach: Tom Coughlin 68-60
QB: Mark Brunell (1995-2003)
Record: 63-54 | 60.4 Cmp% | 25,698 Yds | 144 TD | 86 Int | 2,219 Rush Yds | 14 Rush TD | Led League in Yds 1996 (4,367) | Led League in Yds/A 1996 (7.8) | Led League in Yds/G 1996 (272.9) | 3x Pro-Bowl (96, 97, 99)
Mark Brunell is the obvious choice at quarterback for the All-Time Jaguars. Brunell was the first starting quarterback in franchise history and still holds franchise records in every major passing category. He led the Jaguars to the playoffs four times and the AFC Championship game twice. Brunell also had three seasons of at least 11 wins. His best season statistically came in 1996 when he led the league in yards, yards per attempt and yards per game. Brunell was voted to the Pro-Bowl in 1996, 1997 and 1999. He isn't quite a Hall of Fame quarterback, but he was one of the better QBs of the 1990's and most certainly the best in Jaguars history.
David Garrard (2002-2010) | Record: 39-37 | 61.6 Cmp% | 16,003 Yds | 89 TD | 54 Int | 1,746 Rush Yds | 17 Rush TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (09)
Byron Leftwich (2003-2006) | Record: 24-20 | 58.7 Cmp% | 9,042 Yds | 51 TD | 36 Int | 364 Rush Yds | 8 Rush TD
Blake Bortles (2014-2018) | Record: 24-49 | 59.3 Cmp% | 17,646 Yds | 103 TD | 75 Int | 1,775 Rush Yds | 8 Rush TD
RB: Fred Taylor (1998-2008)
4.6 Yds/A | 11,271 Yds | 62 TD | 286 Rec | 2,361 Rec Yds | 8 Rec TD | Led League in Yds/G 2000 (107.6) | 1x Pro-Bowl (07)
Fred Taylor is arguably the most underrated running back of all time. He had seven seasons of at least 1,000 yards rushing and twice he had at least 10 touchdowns. He's the franchise leader in yards and second in touchdowns. Six of his 1,000-yard rushing seasons he had over 1,2000 yards. Taylor was somehow only voted to one Pro-Bowl in his career, coming in 2007. He currently ranks just inside the top 20 for career rushing yards in NFL history and he has an outside shot to be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day.
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew (2006-2013)
4.5 Yds/A | 8,071 Yds | 68 TD | 335 Rec | 2,873 Rec Yds | 11 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 2011 (1,606) | Led League in Yds/G 2011 (100.4) | 3x Pro-Bowl (09, 10, 11) | 1x All-Pro (11)
I forgot just how good Maurice Jones-Drew was during his years in Jacksonville. He was especially good for a three-year stretch from 2009-2011. In all three of these seasons, he had at least 1,300 yards rushing, including leading the league in 2011 with 1,606 yards. Jones-Drew also had at least 10 touchdowns in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He currently holds the franchise record in rushing touchdowns and was voted to three straight Pro-Bowls from 2009-2011, as well as being voted to the All-Pro Team in 2011.
James Stewart (1995-1999) | 3.9 Yds/A | 2,951 Yds | 33 TD | 119 Rec | 853 Rec Yds | 5 Rec TD
WR: Jimmy Smith (1995-2005)
862 Rec | 12,287 Yds | 67 TD | Led League in Rec 1999 (116) | 5x Pro-Bowl (97, 98, 99, 00, 01)
In my opinion, Jimmy Smith is an even more overlooked player than Fred Taylor. Smith was a beast at wide receiver for the Jaguars for their first 11 seasons of existence. He had nine 1,000-yard seasons in Jacksonville, including a career best 1,636 yards in 1999. Smith was also the league leader in receptions in that same 1999 season with 116. He holds the franchise records in all major receiving categories as well. At retirement in 2005, Smith ranked 7th in receptions, 11th in yards and 22nd in touchdowns in NFL history. He was also voted to five straight Pro-Bowls from 1997-2001. Smith may never make it to the Hall of Fame and will most likely get overshadowed by the receivers of the past two decades who greatly benefited from the pass happy league that today's NFL has become, but in my opinion, he had a Hall of Fame worthy career.
WR: Keenan McCardell (1996-2001)
499 Rec | 6,393 Yds | 30 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (96)
Keenan McCardell teamed up with Jimmy Smith for six seasons to make one of the better wide receiver duos in NFL history. McCardell had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Jacksonville and they all came in seasons where Smith also had 1,000 yards. His best season was 2000, where he had 1,200 yards and five touchdowns. He currently ranks second in franchise history in receptions, yards and touchdowns and was voted to the Pro-Bowl in 1996.
WR: Allen Robinson (2014-2017)
202 Rec | 2,848 Yds | 22 TD | Led League in TD 2015 (14) | Led League in RRTD 2015 (14) | 1x Pro-Bowl (15)
After Smith and McCardell, the Jaguars haven't really had any other long tenured receivers. Robinson only spent four seasons with the Jaguars, but he had some decent years and one great season during those four years. His best season was 2015 where he had 1,400 yards and a league leading 14 touchdowns. Robinson was also voted to his only Pro-Bowl with the Jaguars in that same 2015 season.
Allen Hurns (2014-2017) | 189 Rec | 2,669 Yds | 21 TD
TE: Marcedes Lewis (2006-2017)
375 Rec | 4,502 Yds | 33 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (10)
Marcedes Lewis is the clear choice at tight end for Jacksonville. He spent 12 seasons with the Jaguars, catching 375 passes for 4,502 yards and 33 touchdowns, all of which are franchise records for a tight end. Lewis had his best season in 2010 when he had 700 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns and was voted to his only Pro-Bowl.