Should the Jacksonville Jaguars have a Super Bowl championship already? They’ve come close a number of times, but it always seems like the same team is getting in their way. Strike that. It’s the same man getting in their way. That man is Bill Belichick. He more than anybody has had a direct hand in keeping the Jaguars from a Lombardi trophy.
It all started back in 1996. Jacksonville was the Cinderella of the ball, going 9-7 and starting a miracle run that saw them reach the AFC championship in just their second year of existence. The dream ended there though against the New England Patriots. The Jaguars offense, so dominant the previous two weeks, managed just six points. The Patriots defensive coordinator for that game? Yep. Belichick.
Fast forward to 2005. The Jaguars make the playoffs for the first time in six years. They don’t have long to celebrate as the Patriots knock them out 28-3. This time Belichick is their head coach. Two years later Jacksonville returns, this time upsetting Pittsburgh in the wild card round. Again they go to New England and again they can’t solve the Belichick puzzle, losing 31-20.
It would be another 10 years before the Jaguars finally got back to the playoffs. Yet, in a cruel twist of irony, it ended the same exact way. They reached the AFC championship, went to New England and were summarily dismissed 24-20. For proper perspective, Jacksonville is 0-10 against the Patriots when Belichick is involved.