Nearly two decades have passed since the Jacksonville Jaguars last played in the AFC championship game, so there are members of the organization who know something about patience.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis, for example, made the playoffs in his second NFL season in 2007. He thought it would be a regular occurrence.
“I felt like it was something that I could get used to,” Lewis, the team’s longest-tenured player, said in a phone interview. “And then I learned really fast how good the parity is in the NFL. … And I learned that the hard way because it took that long for us to get back to the playoffs.
“Here I am a full grown man, 33 years old, and the last time we were in...