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Should the Jaguars Pursue Tebow?

Tebow runs with the ball for Denver

So we all know Peyton Manning is a free agent…but what does that mean for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Well, if Manning decides to go to Denver then there is a high probability that the Jaguars might see Tim Tebow wearing black and teal in 2012.

But, would this be a good move for the Jaguars?

An obvious benefit of acquiring Tim Tebow is the media circus that will inevitably follow him. It is no secret the Jaguars struggle to sell tickets; signing Tebow would immediately boost both the franchise’s popularity and attendance, not just in Jacksonville but around the world.

Tebow, a Jacksonville native, is a hero in the area. He won two national championships and a Heisman trophy at the University of Florida, and his loyal fans would certainly flock to see him play again.

However, putting aside the commercial benefits of Tebow, the important question is, would Tim Tebow improve the Jaguars on the field?

Tim Tebow’s strengths lie in his running ability. The Jaguars offense already has a very strong running game. Maurice Jones-Drew was the league’s leading rusher last season, and despite the offensive line’s struggles in pass protection, they did run block well. Adding Tebow to that phase of the offense would certainly strengthen an already strong aspect of the Jaguars, but you can also argue that the Jaguars don’t need to improve the running game.

Both the Jaguars and Tim Tebow’s problems lie in the passing game. Tebow is yet to prove he can consistently pass the football at the professional level, and the Jaguars are amongst the league’s worst passing teams. The Jaguars need to improve through the air, and Tim Tebow does not offer them that.

The Jaguars also have a lot invested in Blaine Gabbert, last year’s first round pick, and although he had a poor rookie season, the team have committed to him and put a coaching staff in place specifically catered to developing him as quarterback. Tim Tebow would not fit into the schemes the Jaguars intend to run with Gabbert.

When you take everything into consideration trading for Tim Tebow would be highly positive for the commercial side of the Jaguars, but it won’t make them a better football team.

Essentially, it comes down to a question of importance. What do the Jaguars value more? Winning football games or making money.

I know my answer.


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One Response to “Should the Jaguars Pursue Tebow?”

  1. eric says:

    It is quite obvious that this writer is Deffantly not a Tebow fan. The truth is, history repeats itself. When the Pittsburgh Steelers passed up on there very own native son, QB hero Dan Marino, they were stuck watching him in Miami become a legend. I’m not saying Tebow is a legend, my point is that there are Deffantly more pros than cons bringing in Jacksonvilles son. Blaine Gabbert is another Big-12 QB that is all hype, no stats (Sam Bradford excluded). You could always package a deal Gabbert & first round pick this year for Tebow & their first round pick next year. Besides passing the ball has never been a strength of the Jaguars. Not since the days of Mark Burnell and Jimmy Smith have the Jaguarsfinished in the top 10 in the NFL

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