Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell put to rest rumors of the Jaguars adding QB Tim Tebow. Tebow is still under contract with the Jets, so avoiding tampering is important. Caldwell and even owner Shad Khan made it emphatically clear they are not going to pursue him. Caldwell reiterated it two extra times for good measure during his introductory press conference.
“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar…even if he’s released,” remarked Caldwell.
Khan weighed in: “It’s not my decision. I want to do whatever to help this team win. Who the players are is really the general manager’s and coaches’…it’s a football-side operation decision. It’s really not my decision.”
Khad was then questioned as to why he is retreating from statements 10 months ago about wanting Tebow. His response: “I’m telling them to take a look at Tebow and they’re saying, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction. That’s the difference.”
The Rams, Jaguars and Jets were interested in him last year. I really believe that Tim Tebow needs to go the AFL or CFL to prove himself as a passer.
There’s a remote chance that OC Josh McDaniels – who still probably sees him as a quarterback – could convince head coach/GM Bill Belichick to bring him over. Even then, it’s unlikely he’d surpass Ryan Mallett and whoever else they bring in as a passer. He’d have to be on the New England Patriots as something other than a QB. Now, that doesn’t mean Bill wouldn’t call his number in the red zone and in 2-point conversion plays to occasionally make throws. That just doesn’t seem like the role Tebow is after.
Truthfully, the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals could use someone like him to take the punishment as they rebuild their offensive lines. This way, whoever the Chiefs add at QB or the very intriguing but oft-injured Kevin Kolb would get spelled during close games – or especially in games where the defense is playing great – when the opponent’s pass rush is getting too fierce. Tebow could run the read-option with Jamaal Charles, fellow ex-Bronco Peyton Hills, LaRod Stephens-Howling or whoever the Cardinals draft. He wouldn’t attempt a lot of passes at either stop, but neither team is – at the moment – so stacked at QB that Tebow couldn’t be the #3. It would be a little weird if he’s competing with Brady Quinn again.
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