Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Must Look at Adding Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow and the Jacksonville Jaguars are a perfect fit and the team must add him to the roster.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first to report the probability of a partnership:
And @mortreport reports it's "a virtual certainty" that Tim Tebow will play in 2013 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2012
Yes, Tebow brings with him a media frenzy that no player since Brett Favre could even comprehend, but what team could use publicity more than the Jaguars?
Playing in one of the NFL's smallest markets, the Jags' have often been falsely accused of struggling to sell tickets, but the fact remains that they are not a team often covered extensively by the national media. There are obvious benefits to be had on that front by bringing in one of the league's most popular players.
Tebow ranks in the top 10 in jersey sales and just so happens to hail from Jacksonville. What better way for owner Shad Khan to generate interest in his team than to bring in the biggest local product in history?
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However, even beyond the potential revenue and popularity spike is the fact that Tebow could add something to the Jags' offense. His talents have clearly been hidden with the New York Jets, but Jacksonville is a team that could properly utilize his skill set.
Neither Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne have taken a firm hold of the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Henne has played well in spurts this season, but there is a strong possibility that an open competition will ensue in training camp.
This is exactly what Tebow needs: a chance to compete. Allow him to learn the offense and become familiar with the roster. If he wins the starting QB position then great, but even if he doesn't, Tebow can be a true factor.
Simply imagine the ways in which the New York Jets claimed they were going to use him this season. "Tebow-specific" packages, Wildcat formations, running plays, lining him up as an H-back or tight end, etc...
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Tebow is willing to do whatever it takes to win and his 6'3" 236 pound frame can benefit any offense if used properly.
Besides, what exactly does Jacksonville have to lose in this scenario? There is a reason they made a play for him this past offseason and it's because he can only help the Jags' future.
The Jaguars have not had a winning season since 2007 and have won just one playoff game this millennium. Meandering about in mediocrity has become the expectancy in Jacksonville and bringing in Tebow would at least showcase an attempt to shake up the status quo.
It could also be a huge benefit to the running game. While the starter in Denver in 2011, Tebow and the offense had the NFL's top-ranked rushing attack. That type of prowess could help Maurice Jones-Drew quickly return to elite status in 2013 after battling injury throughout 2012.
Again, even if these theories do not pan out, bringing in Tebow is an attempt to right this team's wrongs. Jacksonville needs to try something, and while Tebow carries a lot of baggage, he could also equate to wins for the Jaguars.
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