I'm hardly the first person to suggest this, which proves that it's either not all that crazy of an idea, or that there are too many of us who love when the circus comes to town.
I didn't catch all of last weekend's Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs game because, let's be honest, I had no reason to do so as somebody who has zero ties to either team. It doesn't take a professional analyst or a football expert to watch the highlights of that contest and determine that the Jags were absolutely awful at home against an opponent that, heading into September, wasn't supposed to do much of merit in 2013. Among the list of Jacksonville players who stunk up the joint was quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert completed 16 of 35 pass attempts for only 121 yards with two interceptions against the Chiefs. He finished the game with a QB rating of 30.8.
It would probably be a bit too flattering to suggest that Gabbert's NFL career has been an up-and-down ride. The Jaguars actually improved in 2012 when Gabbert went down for the season with a shoulder injury, averaging nearly four additional points per game under Chad Henne. Head coach Gus Bradley nevertheless gave Gabbert, who has dealt with a laundry list of injury concerns over the past several years, the starting gig this summer. The 23-year old QB will miss at least Week 2 after suffering a cut on his throwing hand that required 15 stitches to close.
Before getting into the Tebow portion of this discussion, you have to agree to assume a few things. First, that the Jaguars are going to be a losing team in 2013 (anybody disagree with this?). Second, that Bradley doesn't have a real quarterback of the future in the likes of the previously mentioned Henne, Ricky Stanzi or Denard Robinson. Get past those two points, and you're left with this:
Why not Tebow, anyway?
Jacksonville signing the former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback will result in one of two things happening. Either Tebow, who doesn't appear to have the goods to start for a championship offense but who is also an emotional leader, will inject some life into a squad that could certainly use the spark, or he will join the Jags and the team will lose games. What we know for sure is that Tebow will attract attention to a team that most non-fans will likely otherwise ignore for the next several months. He'd also sell both some jerseys and more than a few seats.
Yes, Jacksonville giving Tebow a chance to start at quarterback would probably be more a PR move than one that would point the franchise in a winning direction. Professional sports organizations have two main objectives; win championships, and entertain a fan base. The Jaguars are not winning the Super Bowl this season. I'm confident in saying that. I'm not a fan of the team, but I can't imagine that anybody who is finds himself overly entertained by the product the Jags are presenting on NFL Sundays.
I made similar comments last year when there were rumors that the Cleveland Browns may take a flier out on Tebow. Above anything else, even above winning, is that pro sports are supposed to be fun for fans. Tebow returning to Florida to lead what is akin to a college football offense (and maybe not all that good a one, at that) would be fun for local fans of the team, and also for those of us who have no irrational hatred of a guy who has never personally done anything to us.
Bradley should go with Henne this weekend when the Jags are at the Oakland Raiders. The team should then strongly consider Tebow if the offense shows zero improvement from the mess that the Jacksonville fan base had to endure in Week 1. Tebow probably doesn't make the Jaguars all that better. He also wouldn't make them any worse.
Don't waste a chance to have some fun, Jacksonville.
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