Tebow, Tebow, Tebow... Why not?
For a football player who is not currently on an NFL roster, Tim Tebow continues to get more press than over half of the NFL starting quarterbacks who actually played today. There is just something about him. Football fans either love him or hate him. In the past week, Tim’s hometown team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, have been called out by many fans to go out and get Tim. This year’s concept from the Jaguar’s top brass after last year’s disappointing season is “Stand United”. That’s a little hard to stomach when it appears that this year’s record may be worse than last years.
Let’s think about what “Stand United” means. To the top brass, it means being on board no matter how bad the team is playing. To a fan, it means something a little different. To me, it means listen to your fans. If you want us to “Stand United”, give us a team that can win games. Give us a team that doesn’t hold their heads down when things aren’t going well. And now, some fans are voicing their displeasure, and asking for Tebow in some creative ways. As a huge Tebow fan (the player and the person), it’s hard to be objective at this point.
I have loved football for many years. I cannot remember a more exciting NFL season, than two years ago when the Broncos were 1-4, and a young quarterback took over. That quarterback made the games exciting. I miss that excitement. I miss screaming at the top of my lungs, “Run Tim, run!” His passion for the game is what I miss most. No, it wasn’t pretty most of the time. But they won. At the end of the day, winning is what matters in the game of football. Losing all the time is just not acceptable.
My condensed version is this. I believe that Tim Tebow can play in the NFL. I know many of you will disagree with me. And, that’s ok. We are all entitled to our opinions. I will respect your opinions because I am a kind, considerate person who tries hard to treat people how I want to be treated. I know this will be a struggle for some. Keep working at it. Tim did not have any issues in college. He played in the toughest conference (SEC) and excelled. He threw the ball. A lot! I believe this can be duplicated in the NFL if he can get on a team who is willing to let him learn. Yes, you may need to change your offense. The last time I checked, coaches are supposed to look at each player’s strengths and make adjustments. I was able to do these years ago when I coached my children’s soccer team. In the Spring season, we were undefeated, This is elementary. It works. If you need tips, I am available. And to the Jaguars top brass, I live in Fernandina Beach, so I am close.
In the past week, there have been billboards in Jacksonville, (Sound familiar? Hi Denver!) , asking Jacksonville’s top brass to bring in Tebow. During today’s game against the Colts, an airplane flew over carrying a banner that said, “Tebow, Why Not?” The real question is, will the top brass listen? Will they cave in to fan’s pressure? Denver did. How did it work out for them? I think you all know the rest of that story. While I am not sure Jacksonville is the best place for Tim, I can’t say no to the passion, discipline, and team concept I know he will bring. At this point, we could all use a little excitement.