Tim Tebow was passed over, again, for the starting role this week for the Jets, a move that he “wasn’t happy about,” according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Tebow was brought to New York to compete for the starting job, and has been designated to ride pine essentially all season. The Jets look set to release or trade Tebow after the season, and for both parties, it seems the sooner the better.
There are a few teams that could use a player like Tebow, but one in particular, the Jacksonville Jaguars, may have an interesting angle in trying to sign the most polarizing player in the league. Is there a conspiracy in the NFL to get Tim Tebow to the Jaguars?
The Jags wanted Tebow Time to invade their stadium every Sunday this past offseason before Tim’s brother convinced him to go to the Jets. Jacksonville will be first in line to talk to Tebow. He’s from the area, has a strong fan base from his legendary days at Florida, and is generally seen as the state of Florida’s do no wrong, golden boy athlete. Unless of course you’re an FSU fan.
So what’s the big deal? The Jags are a terrible team with less than desirable QB play, with a chance to get a player that will fill the seats on his name alone. Tim Tebow has had success at every level of play, including the NFL, and there’s no reason to think that should change.
Except that according to the New York Jets coaches through their actions, and (anonymous) teammates, through their words, Tebow is the worst player to ever put on shoulder pads, and is lucky to even sniff their jocks after practice, much less actually dress up like a real life NFL player every Sunday.
So which end of the spectrum does reality lie in? Obviously somewhere in the middle, but Tebow Time is more of a cult following because of his values than his abilities to play football.
So why are the Jaguars so interested in getting this guy?
Tebow to the Jaguars is only a ploy by the owners to get the team moved to Los Angeles.
Sure, the first year or so the fans will fill the seats to see football Jesus play on Sundays in the Sunshine State. But this IS the Jacksonville Jaguars we’re talking about. So unless Tebow can take them to the playoffs every year, the fans will stop showing up again. When the fans stop showing up, the team will have even smaller resistance in moving the team to Los Angeles than they are now.
The team can pitch a “fresh start” idea to the city. Tebow? Gone. Maurice Jones-Drew? Sayonara. Mike Mularkey? Adios.
This would be a pitch to whichever group would be buying the Jags to move them to build a new stadium around a coach that you hand pick, who will be working with
your GM, who will pick the new face of your franchise. That group would appear to be Anschutz Entertainment Group, who already has funding and plans to build Farmers Field in Downtown LA, right next to the Staples Center.
Football belongs back in LA, and Tim Tebow could be the one to take it there.