One of the biggest stories this upcoming offseason revolves around Tim Tebow and where he will play next year. But while news broke this weekend that it’s a “virtual certainty” that Tebow will be on the Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 roster, the question becomes can he actually help or is this ESPN and others with Tebow ragers blowing up a minor roster move?
The first thing we must acknowledge is, if we want to watch the NFL, we’re going to have to put up with Tim Tebow.
It’s beyond apparent at this point that we can’t avoid Tebow. Even when he’s sitting on the bench we have to hear about him so it’s just time to deal with him like he’s an annoying in-law at the family Christmas party.
The least Tebow can do is be good so he’s tolerable.
But the burning question is will he be able to lift the Jaguars or will his presence sink them? There is no doubt that Tebow-maniacs will come out on droves to see the man play, but will that equal more marks in the win column?
To put it bluntly, Tebow doesn’t make the Jaguars any better — at least not initially. Blaine Gabbert was twice the prospect Tebow was in terms of their development on draft day and he’s already getting run out of town. Tebow brings aspects that could make the Jaguars better, but he’s not going to save the franchise on his own.
That being said, giving him a shot to start not far from the place he made his name won’t hurt it either. At the very least, bringing him in would be a bank heist of a move — meaning the Jaguars will have wheelbarrows full of cash rolling in from people coming to see Tebow return to heart of Tebow Town.
With Tebow, the Jaguars strategy could be as follows: fill the stadium, boost revenue and get some cash to sign top talent. Tebow hasn’t earned the respect of the league yet, even if some media outlets are at his beck and call. So to lure in top talent, money is going to have to be involved.
Jacksonville will also need to get one hell of a quarterback coach in town to right Tebow’s ship. There is no question he possesses some amazing qualities, but he’s still raw as a talent. If Jacksonville is going to gamble on him, they need to go all-in and not just trot him out for a try out.
In terms of targets, the Jaguars have Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts. Beyond them, assuming Maurice Jones-Drew is traded in the offseason, there’s no power on this offense for the Jaguars. One of the reasons Tebow worked in Denver was the Broncos had a stout defense and a killer running attack. If the Jaguars can mold themselves around that team Tebow took the playoffs, and then build on it, we might have something resembling a real football team.
There is no doubt that Tebow can pull a team together and help them grow as a unit. The man has post-career motivational speaker written all over him, so another thing that needs to happen is the team needs to be constructed around the idea of Tim Tebow has a leader and filled with guys that subscribe to that idea.
The bottom line is, if you want Tebow don’t expect immediate results and expect a lot of hard work and waiting. On the surface it really doesn’t look like Tebow can help the Jaguars but as Tebow-maniacs and George Michael both say, you gotta have faith.
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