Like all good sports writers, John Oehser of Jaguars.com asks many of the right questions to get the reader to understand the current situation of an organization. In Jacksonville’s case, the team is bringing in a new general manager and trying to understand what will be going on over the next couple of weeks and months to follow. Oehser directs the reader well in his latest “10 Things: GM Edition” toward a point that I think is less well thought out: the priority of Tim Tebow.
The 10 things range from Daryl Smith to Derek Cox to defensive schemes. A 4-3 or a 3-4 and where Cox and Smith will fit (if at all) in the new GM’s future model of the Jaguars makes sense. But then comes point number five: “Answer the Tim Tebow Question.” As we all know, Tebow is a hometown hero in Jacksonville. The guy had a seriously impressive college career at Florida, helped the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011 (some serious fourth quarter magic there), and is the most over-analyzed bench-riding quarterback in the league, sitting behind Mark Sanchez in New York. Bringing Tebow to Jacksonville has been widely promoted, speculated, and controversial since he first entered the draft in 2010. As his time with the New York Jets is likely to end this season with a new GM coming to town, a lot of people speculate he’ll be coming home to Jacksonville.
Hence the “Tim Tebow Question.”
But what Oehser describes after point five is something I do not enjoy,
Well, it ain’t like it’s not gonna come up. It will be asked Thursday, and the response will be that Tebow is under contract with the Jets and therefore can’t be discussed. But there’s a good chance at some point in the offseason Tebow will be available. If he is, is signing him a priority? If it’s a priority, how much of a priority?
If Tim Tebow is a priority of Dave Caldwell, then we hired the wrong general manager. No offense to anybody who simply loves Tebow or anybody who thinks he can be a real NFL
quarterback tight end fullback player, but Tebow is not a priority for any team. This is evidenced by the talent starved Jets wanting to expel their second string quarterback. Yet we wonder if our GM will make signing him a priority…
I sincerely hope that Caldwell’s priority list does not have Tebow on it, ever. He’ll be asked the question, but speculating that he could be a priority needs to stop now. Or after the press conference this afternoon.
- Luke N. Sims
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