Posted January 10, 2013

New Jacksonville GM: Tim Tebow won’t be a Jaguar

NFL

Have the Jacksonville Jaguars already nixed acquiring hometown hero Tim Tebow?

In December, ESPN.com reported that it was a virtual certainty that Tebow would land in Jacksonville via trade or after he was released by the New York Jets following a 2012 season in which he created more headlines and rumors than touchdowns.

The Jaguars’ struggle to sell out home games and Blaine Gabbert’s less-than-stellar sophomore season as a starting quarterback topped the list of reasons why the franchise might be willing to take a chance on the former Heisman Trophy winner and Florida Gators Hall of Famer.

In January 2012, Jaguars owner Shad Khan even told reporters that — given a do-over of the 2010 NFL Draft — he would have traded down and drafted Tebow.

Or maybe not. In a press conference announcing his hire as general manager, David Caldwell said he could not imagine a scenario in which Tebow would become a Jaguar — even if he’s released. Caldwell had already made a big change in the Jaguars’ 2013 makeup by firing head coach Mike Mularkey after one season.

Whether Caldwell intentionally closed the door on Tebow and the media sideshow that would certainly follow, or is being cautious discussing a player that remains under contract with the Jets remains to be seen.

Khan and Caldwell no doubt discussed Tebow’s future — or lack thereof — in Jacksonville during the interview/hiring process.


10 comments
HeyHeyHey
HeyHeyHey

Tebow really should consider a Jim Jensen aka Crash from the Dolphins type role.  Tebow is rolling in cash, endorsements/speaking etc.- he isn't starving for a paycheck,  so why not enhance his chance of sticking on a team as the 3rd team QB and as an Hback/TE/hybrid role on someone's roster....

JeffHuffman1
JeffHuffman1

Tebow haters .would even admit he's better than Gabbert. good luck to Jax tm but team has no talent and I would get Tebow and at least sell tickets

bbc
bbc

I guess this is the end of Tebow. Pity he didn't get a fair shot as a starting QB despite going 7-4 as a rookie, taking his team to playoffs and beating Steelers in the playoffs. Tebow may not be a great QB but he definitely deserved a chance based on his performances in his rookie season and he surely would be better than plenty of QBs in the league - Sanchez, Gabbert, Locker, Cardinals QBs, Fitzpatrick, Cassell, Quinn, Webb, Palmer - just to name a few.

Akagi
Akagi

 @bbc Tebow as a Rookie actually went 1-2 in 2010 coming in after Orton went down. In 2011, he was 7-5 in the regular season, and I might add not one of those seven wins came against a team with a winning record or a team that made the playoffs. You may also note that of the five loses, three were against non-playoff teams, two of which had losing records. In the loss to the 7-9 Chiefs, Tebow's lead offense could only manage 6 points. In addition, the Broncos were blown away by the 6-10 Bills. Yes, they did win the division and make the playoffs thanks to being in the awful AFC West and they did beat a banged up #5 seed in overtime. If Tebow was still the QB for the Broncos (and thankfully he is not), the Broncos would have still won the division, being 8-8 or 9-7 beats the awful 7-9 Chargers, and then maybe just maybe they beat the Colts, doubtful but possible I suppose. Then what? Another bloodbath at the hands of the Pats? Tebow did get his shot, the problem for him is he just isn't very good at this level. He has huge flaws in his game (as does Vick, but given a choice I'd take Vick as the Jets seem to be going to make that choice. They both seem to have a cult-like following as well). And I Craig, he may indeed get another shot. Plenty of QBs that aren't even as good as Tebow and a bad QB is better than an awful one, but as soon as they have the option of getting a real NFL QB, they'll send Tebow packing. Why is it that of all the people who do this for a living only two organizations wanted anything to do with Tebow? Jacksonville because I suppose Tebow can fill seats in his home town and the Jets for some irrational reason. But at some point--and it will be sooner rather than later, no one will want Tebow even as a publicity stunt.

pljaye
pljaye

Wow, Akagi--talk about omitting pertinent facts to make the situation fit your biased narrative! Yes, Tebow went 1-2 when he started the final three games of the 2010 season, but guess what (although you already know this) the Broncos had gone 3-10 with Orton at qb prior to Tebow's first start of his rookie campaign! In other words, Tebow's winning percentage was better than Orton's, but why bother to mention that inconvenient fact, right? Moreover, given the success he had in 2011, it's highly probable that Tebow would have won more games than the three wins that Orton managed to squeeze out of that year's inept Broncos' team.

 

Another FACT that you omitted: The Broncos were 1-4 and had gone 7-24 (that's not a typo) in their previous 31 games before Tebow's first start of 2011! Moreover, they hadn't sniffed the playoffs in FIVE YEARS! Now you tell me, how many second-year qbs have taken over as the starter of a 1-4 team that had lost 24 of its previous 31 games and then led that team to an 8-5 record (including playoff games), a division title and a playoff victory over as formidable a team as the Pittsburgh Steelers. I don't expect you'll respond, at least not truthfully.

 

Speaking of that playoff victory over the Steelers, Tebow passed for 316 yards, three two touchdown passes (including the game-winner), threw zero interceptions,

completed FIVE passes of OVER THIRTY YARDS against the NFL's top-rated passing defense (more than the Steelers had allowed ALL SEASON), and ran for 50 yards and an additional score! Oh, he also broke Elway's all-time playoff passer rating record in that game, which I imagine greatly infuriates both you and Elway.

 

Yes, Tebow and the Broncos were blown out by the Pats the next week, but you also failed to neglect that Denver's defense failed to stop the Pats offense at any point of that contest. You also neglected to mention that Tebow broke a rib during that game, which undoubtedly hampered his play, although he gutted it out and still played the entire game.

 

You'll likely never share my opinion that Tebow can be a winning NFL-quarterback (he's already proven that), but you would be more credible if you at least acknowledged what he has accomplished without omitting key details.

bbc
bbc

 @Akagi

 Probably Tebow won't win the Superbowl, probably he's not one of the better QBs. But he's no way that bad that he rides the bench when Sanchez throws multiple picks a game and struggles to pass for even 100 yards a game. I have no doubt had Tebow had been made the starter mid-season Jets would have made playoffs as wild-card. True, he won't beat too many good teams but how many good teams are in NFL? Maybe 10-12 which should get you to the playoffs if you beat the teams that you are supposed to.

craig.w.bryant
craig.w.bryant

@bbc not arguing that he certainly earned more of a shot than several of the QBs you mention, but just to point out, his playoff year was his 2nd year in Denver. His rookie year he started the last 3 games of the year, then started his second season on the bench before getting a chance and eventually leading the Broncos to the playoffs. I think Woody Johnson forced him on Rex Ryan in some sort of sick publicity stunt and then Sexy Rexy decided to thumb his nose at the owner by refusing to play the new toy. Given this and his other inadequacies as a coach I'm shocked Ryan still has a job, and I think getting out of the circus that is the Jets is the best thing for Tebow. There are enough teams with obvious QB issues, he'll get another chance.

bbc
bbc

 @craig.w.bryant  @bbc

 My bad. Yup McDaniels drafted Tebow and he had success next year under John Fox. But the fact remains that Tebow did more than enough to warrant a shot in NFL. As for Ryan and Jets, if what you say is true Rex Ryan would have been let go by Woody especially considering the fact he cleaned house and let go of all coaches other than Rex.  Whatever the case, I hope Tebow gets a fair shot wherever he ends up.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

It's all smoke and mirrors obviously.  Caldwell canNOT say they are interested because then he'd be guilty of tampering. He says they would be interested in acquiring him if he's cut so as to reduce any value the Jets might be able to get by keeping him so as to induce a trade.