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Gregg Williams stole Jaguars playbook in 1999 playoff loss

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The Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans three times in the 1999 season, including in the AFC Championship game. Then Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams allegedly had a copy of the team's playbook.

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Former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams stole the Jacksonville Jaguars playbook in the 1999 season, which is why the Jaguars fell short of the Super Bowlsays former Jaguars defensive lineman Renaldo Wynn.

"You know why we fell short in that AFC Championship game? After that I ended up getting coached by Gregg Williams. And Greg Williams was, at the time, defensive coordinator by the Tennessee Titans," Wynn told Mike Meltser and Seth Payne of SportsRadio 610 in Houston on Friday.

"First thing he said when he came in the door was ‘Hey, you know why you lost?' With a lot of other explicit words with that. He said he had our playbook. Greg Williams had our playbook. Our game plan on offense. He had our playbook."

Wynn played 13 seasons in the NFL, including his first five seasons with the Jaguars, who drafted him in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. During the 1999 NFL season, the Jaguars finished the year 14-2, with their only two losses to then AFC Central divisional rival Titans.

It's a pretty odd coincidence, especially when you go back and look at the splits.

Here is Mark Brunell's splits in the 1999 regular season by opponent. Notice anything?

Arguably the best team in the NFL that season, the Jaguars were unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Titans, making it three straight losses to Tennessee on the season. In each loss against the Titans that year, the Jaguars failed to score 20 points and had a combined 13 turnovers in those three losses. The Jaguars had just 10 combined turnovers in their other 15 games that season.

"I know how he got them," Wynn said. "He started getting playbooks when I was with him."

Wynn played under Williams when both were members of the Washington Redskins.

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