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Obviously, being benched or traded would make Tebow a loser, especially if he winds up in Jacksonville.
I don't care how much the fans down there love him, the Jaguars are a franchise going in the wrong direction.
If the Jaguars were to try to build their franchise around Tebow, then the pressure on him to succeed in much more difficult circumstances than in Denver would be overwhelming for the young quarterback.
Playing in Denver, Tebow has his teammates' respect, a lot of emerging talent around him on offense and a defense that carries the team as a whole.
In Jacksonville, he would have a decent defense (but not as good as Denver's) and Maurice Jones-Drew, but not much else.
If Tebow isn't traded and he sits behind Peyton Manning, that could be seen as a useful learning experience. However, the reality is Tebow won't get better without being on the field and playing through his mistakes.
Manning is also at the point in his career where he won't be thinking about aiding the development of a younger quarterback. He will be too busy trying to adjust to his new surroundings himself.