The Jaguars entered the 2010 NFL season with hopes of making the playoffs, after narrowly missing the postseason during the 2009 season.
The Jaguars were fairly quiet in pro free agency, and only signed a handful of players. The notable arrivals were Aaron Kampman and Kassim Osgood. Kampman had been a star pass-rusher in Green Bay before tearing his ACL. Osgood was a Pro Bowl special-teams player who the Jaguars wanted to pair with Montell Owens on kickoff and punt return coverage.
In April's NFL Draft, the Jaguars selected a number of defensive players, including DT Tyson Alualu with the 10th overall selection. In later rounds, the club grabbed D'Anthony Smith, Larry Hart, Austen Lane and KR/CB Scotty McGee. Running back Deji Karim was the lone offensive player selected by the Jaguars, with the first three picks being defensive linemen.
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The Jags took some heat from enthusiastic local Gator fans for not selected Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who was eventually selected by the Denver Broncos later in the first round.
The Jaguars also acquired Oakland Raiders' linebacker Kirk Morrison in a draft-day trade.
The season started out well for the Jaguars as the team opened with a home win against the visiting Denver Broncos, but the Jags lost their next two and continued down a yo-yo path for the majority of the season.
In week 15, the Jaguars had a chance to claim the AFC South Division crown in a battle against the Indianapolis Colts, who had dominated the division since its inception in 2002.
The Jaguars entered the game 8-5, one game ahead of the Colts, but left Indianapolis with an 8-6 record, losing 24-34.
The team still had a chance to make the playoffs if it could win its remaining games, but instead of winning out, the Jaguars entered a slump and lost their next two, finishing with an 8-8 record overall.
Despite missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year, there were some bright spots for the Jaguars in 2010. After a disappointing 2009 season that saw the team blackout each of its home games except for one, attendance rose dramatically, thanks in part to the efforts of Team Teal, an organization led by several local leaders, including former Jaguars' All-Pro Tony Boselli.
Several Jaguars had notable seasons in 2010, including quarterback David Garrard. In what would be his last season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, Garrard broke Mark Brunell's long-standing franchise record for passing touchdowns in a season by tossing 23 scores versus 15 interceptions.
Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars star running back, also enjoyed a fine season, gaining over 1,300 yards and scoring 7 touchdowns overall.
Heading in to the 2011 Jaguars season, the team's defense appeared to be its major weakness, as the club struggled to tackle, cover and rush the passer for most of the season.