Five Reasons Tim Tebow Makes Sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Five Reasons Tim Tebow is a Fit for the Jacksonville Jaguars
The New York Jets finally made official what everyone knew was coming on Monday by releasing Tim Tebow. Multiple reports suggested the team made an effort to trade him, but clearly no NFL team sees him as a capable quarterback at this point.
Tebow cleared waivers on Tuesday, and still no team has decided to bring him in. A move to the CFL is possible, as the Montreal Alouettes in that league own his rights, but if he is willing to switch to another position he may be able to carve out a future in the NFL. To this point the former Heisman Trophy winner has resisted moving to another position, but if he wants to continue to play football he may have no choice.
Almost any team with concerns over their depth under center could have some interest in Tebow, but the media circus he will bring with him surely cuts down that list of potential landing spots. If nothing else, the Jets’ failed experiment with Tebow is proof of the foolishness of an owner attempting to grab headlines without the coaching staff having a plan to use him. That also means any team in a major media market may have virtually no interest in him.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have long been thought to be an ideal landing spot for Tebow, since he played his high school football in the Sunshine State and of course played in college at the University of Florida.
With the franchise struggling on the field and likewise struggling to grab the attention of fans, here are five reasons the Jaguars are an ideal landing spot for Tebow.
5. Positive Media Attention
Simply put, the local media in Jacksonville may not necessarily focus on Tebow’s shortcomings on the field. Even if his faults are exposed, northern Florida is not New York in terms of cutthroat media looking for backpage fodder.
4. A Lackluster and Uncertain Quarterback Situation
The ineptitude of quarterback Blaine Gabbert leaves his future with the Jaguars in doubt, and Chad Henne was not a lot better when Gabbert was injured late last season. Tebow may not be a long-term answer under center, but something has to change at the position for Jacksonville to turn things around on the field anytime soon.
3. One of the League's Worst Offenses
The Jaguars had one of the league’s worst offenses in 2012, finishing 29th in total offense (299.3 yards per game) and 30th in scoring (15.9 points per game). Gabbert’s ineffectiveness is surely the top reason for that, but the foot injury that limited running back Maurice Jones-Drew to six games last season exposed the lack of quality depth at running back.
2. A Lack of Offensive Talent
Jones-Drew is entering a contract year at age 28, not to mention he is coming off the previously mentioned foot injury that caused him to miss 10 games in 2012. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon led the team in receptions (64) and was second in receiving yards (865) and touchdowns (five) last season, but he has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season due to a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Tebow would, at minimum, upgrade the talent level of Jacksonville’s offense if offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch can find a way to use him.
1. Selling Tickets and Creating Positive Buzz
This is the most obvious reason Tebow is a good fit for the Jaguars, since his presence would surely increase the buzz around the franchise and help bring fans into the stadium on Sundays. For a team that will always be mentioned as a possible relocation candidate until further notice, bolstering the bottom line has to be a priority.