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Jaguars 2012 Season in Review

Final Record: 2-14


With less than two minutes to go in the first half against the Tennessee Titans in the final game of the season, the then 2-13 Jacksonville Jaguars were in the Titans' red zone hoping to add to a 14-7 lead. With the team getting the ball first in the second half, the arrow was pointing up for only the third Jaguars victory of the season.

And then the wheels fell off -- as they had all season. In a bizarre series of events, quarterback Chad Henne (filling in for an injured Blaine Gabbert), threw an interception to Titans' linebacker Zach Brown. Brown returned the pick 79 yards for a touchdown.

The Jaguars got the ball back with time to spare, but were forced to punt. Titans return man Darius Reynaud caught the Bryan Anger punt, reversed field, and outran the Jaguars' special teams for a 69-yard touchdown.

The Jaguars got the ball to start halftime, but the offense stalled and was again forced to punt. Again they did -- and again Darius Reynaud returned the punt for a touchdown.

When the Jaguars got the ball back, Henne threw an errant pass that was again intercepted by Brown. Brown again returned the interception for a touchdown.

The Jaguars went from a possible 21-7 halftime lead to a 35-14 deficit in less than five minutes of game play. For for consecutive possessions, the Titans defense and special teams scored while the offense never took the field.

The Jaguars lost that game 38-20, finishing 2-14 on the season.

In many ways, the game was a symbol of what the 2012 Jaguars were -- a team that showed flashes from time to time but never got it together.

The Jaguars made more roster moves (95) than they scored points at home (88) for the 2012 season.

With a number of the teams' core players set to hit the free-agent market, and an unsettled quaterback position, the Jaguars appear to be heading through another rebuilding period.

Jaguars' GM Gene Smith was fired on "Black Monday" following the conclusion of the 2012 NFL season. Jaguars' owner Shad Khan has begun the process of looking for his replacement: the man who can turn the Jaguars misfortunes around.

2012 Statistics of Note

Second-year receiver Cecil Shorts III nearly became the first Jaguars' receiver since Jimmy Smith (2005) to hit 1,000 receiving yards. Shorts finished with 979 yards -- just 21 yards shy of the mark -- after missing the final game of the season with a concussion.

Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert made some strides after a disappointing rookie season, but did little to guarantee his position in the starting lineup for 2013. Gabbert finished with 9 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and a passer rating of 77.4. Gabbert was lost for the season in week 11.

Rookie Justin Blackmon led all rookie receivers in yards, finishing with 64 catches for 865 yards and 5 touchdowns. Blackmon struggled early in the season but came on strong in the second half.

Rookie punter Bryan Anger -- controversially drafted in the 3rd round -- set a rookie record for net-punting average and several Jaguars' punting records.

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