Signing Tebow Makes Almost Zero Sense For The Jaguars
The rampant speculation regarding Tebow to the Jaguars began over a year ago when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning. Because Tebow made his star in the area at the University of Florida, was revered there and the team was going to be awful, it was seen as an ideal fit. The Jets and Woody Johnson jumped in with their big plans on the field and promotional schemes off the field for Tebow. Both were disastrous. The Jaguars season was as bad as predicted at 2-14. A new regime was hired with GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley. Caldwell had previously worked for the Falcons under GM Thomas Dimitroff and for the Colts under GM Bill Polian. These are not GMs who are interested in a quirky offense or appeasing fans with one player who, the consensus is, can’t play quarterback in the NFL.
Quarterback is the single most important position in the NFL and Tebow is a gimmick and a distraction. While Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne might not be the answer for the Jaguars, who is it going to help to sign Tebow? It certainly won’t help defensively-oriented head coach Bradley who will immediately feel the pressure to play Tebow. It won’t help Caldwell, who has to come to a conclusion as to whether he can go forward with Gabbert or Henne or has to go find a quarterback after this season. And it’s not going to help owner Shahid Khan who, if he caves to the pressure to sign Tebow, will come off looking less like a self-made embodiment of the American dream who built his own business from the ground up and more like Johnson, who grew up wealthy, essentially accomplished nothing in his life apart from being born rich and wanted a shiny new toy in Tebow to amuse himself as he split time owning a football team and running Mitt Romney’s losing New York campaign for President.