Jaguars GM: Tebow to Jacksonville not happening
"I can't imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar – even if he's released," said David Caldwell during his introductory news conference.
Historically, the Jacksonville Jaguars ownership has always been in support of bringing-in Tim Tebow, but it’s evident that this time Shad Khan won’t be able to twist David Caldwell’s arm as he’s left that option up to the new general manager.
"It's not my decision," stated Shad Khan. "I want to do whatever to help this team win. Who the players are is really the general manager's and coaches' – it's a football-side operation decision. It's really not my decision."
The Jacksonville Jaguars made a strong run for Tim Tebow only last year and almost landed the former former Heisman Trophy winner. So, what has brought around this sudden change in Shad Khan’s opinions of Tim Tebow ever since?
"I'm telling them to take a look at Tebow and they're saying, ‘We're going to go in a different direction,’” said Shad Khan. "That's the difference."
Tim Tebow is still a popular name in the state. The New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow started quarterback at the nearby Florida, and led the Gators to national championships. Considering Tim Tebow has still lots of fans in the state, a possible move to Jacksonville Jaguars would have been a major financial boost to the team, increasing the sale of tickets and merchandise as well as bringing the small-market franchise to national recognition. The third-year quarterback Tim Tebow made a surprise run to the playoffs, leading his former team the Denver Broncos to the Divisional Round last postseason, and the Jacksonville Jaguars themselves won’t mind a shot at getting a Super Bowl ring on their finger either.
Despite all the hype, former Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith passed on the opportunity of drafting Tim Tebow in 2010, as he didn’t consider Tebow as franchise quarterback. But Shad Khan made a case of getting Tim Tebow last year. Although the Jacksonville Jaguars seemingly outmatched the New York Jets’ offer to the Denver Broncos, who were shopping Tim Tebow, they gave the left-handed quarterback the choice of his team.
Tim Tebow chose the New York Jets in the trade, since he saw better chance of competing for starting quarterback against mark Sanchez. But despite a cringing performance by Mark Sanchez this season, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan didn’t start Tim Tebow. When an opportunity emerged, with Mark Sanchez being finally benched, Rex Ryan gave the start to third-string quarterback Greg McElroy.
Moreover, Tim Tebow has seen little success and limited play in the New York Jets’ Wildcat package, which led to the speculation that he will either be traded or released at the end of the season. It in turn sparked the Jacksonville Jaguars rumors.
The Jacksonville jaguars undeniably have their own quarterback issue, and will reportedly explore the draft and free agency despite having Blaine Gabbert as well as Chad Henne on the roster. There will be an “open competition” for the starting spot, according to David Caldwell; but Tim Tebow just isn’t part of that process.