Should the Jaguars Sign Tim Tebow?

Signing Tebow Makes Almost Zero Sense For The Jaguars

9/17/13 in NFL   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow (5) warms up on the sidelines in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsNo matter how bad the Jaguars are, the concept of them signing Tim Tebow is going to do much more harm than its potential good. Of course, for a time, it would bring back a fan base that doesn’t even qualify to be called “disgruntled” anymore since they don’t care. But the question that has to be asked before even considering it is whether it has any chance whatsoever of helping a dreadful team move forward. If it’s a novelty designed to give the fans what they want and it’s going to undermine what the new general manager and coach want to do, then it’s not just a colossal waste of time, but it defeats the purpose of every decision a qualified and intelligent football person would make.

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. 
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9/16/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
Until Te-Blow says he is willing to switch positions. Signing Te-Blow makes no sense for anyone. In the 2013 preseason there were 115 QB's that took snaps. I know he didn't face the first string defense very often if at all, he played against 2nd string and worse guys. He was ranked 100 or higher in every passing category. Te-Blow is a horrible QB and should not be given another chance to even be a backup QB in the NFL.

Kenne, the Jags, ownership, management, and coaches do not want him on their team, even if it means filling seats. They want to fill seats because the fans support them, not one player. They came out early in the off season and said they would not be pursuing one player.

If he wants to play, he's going to have to either somehow learn to be a better drop back passer or agree to move to another position. I think he could work as a fullback with the option pass as a weapon.

9/16/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Kenne wrote:
Tebow makes sense in Jacksonville, because he grew up there and is a fan favorite, which means he can sell tickets big time. It's not like they're going to do better than 2-14 with or without Tebow playing. It's marketing genius for them to sign him at this point. Either way, the Jags should look into moving to Los Angeles' new billion dollar stadium soon.

The NFL makes it really tough for teams to move. Their first preference will be for them to stay where they are.

9/16/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17673 respect

Until Te-Blow says he is willing to switch positions. Signing Te-Blow makes no sense for anyone. In the 2013 preseason there were 115 QB's that took snaps. I know he didn't face the first string defense very often if at all, he played against 2nd string and worse guys. He was ranked 100 or higher in every passing category. Te-Blow is a horrible QB and should not be given another chance to even be a backup QB in the NFL.

Kenne, the Jags, ownership, management, and coaches do not want him on their team, even if it means filling seats. They want to fill seats because the fans support them, not one player. They came out early in the off season and said they would not be pursuing one player.

9/16/13   |   Kenne   |   15899 respect

Tebow makes sense in Jacksonville, because he grew up there and is a fan favorite, which means he can sell tickets big time. It's not like they're going to do better than 2-14 with or without Tebow playing. It's marketing genius for them to sign him at this point. Either way, the Jags should look into moving to Los Angeles' new billion dollar stadium soon.