ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Tim Tebow going to the Jaguars, either by a trade or signing as a free agent, is "a virtual certainty." As a fan of Tebow, I couldn't be more excited about the move.
The Jaguars, unlike the Jets, are built perfectly for Tebow.
Mike Mularkey isn't Rex Ryan. The Jaguars, while certainly facing a media blitz when Tebow arrives, aren't a circus like the Jets. Tebow might actually be able to focus on football in his home town.
On the field, the Jaguars are built to play the style of football that made Tebow a national phenomenon in 2011.
Tebow's offense relies on running the ball. Assuming he's healthy, there are few better at doing just that than Maurice Jones-Drew. The combination of MJD and Tebow will be a matchup nightmare for opponents. If Tebow can turn a 30-year-old Willis McGahee into a star, just imagine what he can do with MJD.
While Jacksonville's receivers aren't great, Denver wasn't exactly loaded with playmakers either. Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, Marcedes Lewis and Laurent Robinson are all talented enough to succeed if someone can just get them the ball. Blaine Gabbert hasn't been able to do that, and while Tebow isn't Tom Brady he'll at least create more time for them to get open.
On the other side of the ball (which is very important in such a run-heavy system), the Jaguars have been bad, but are at least in position to improve. They have building block players like Paul Posluszny and Derek Cox, but more importantly they'll have several avenues for improvement.
The Jaguars will in all likelihood be picking in the top five next April. If they can add a star like Jarvis Jones or Star Lotulelei, that will immediately make a difference on their lineup. They also have very little money committed to anyone long term and an owner who wants to make a splash. Don't be surprised to see the Jaguars spend money in free agency.
Finally, Tebow simply hasn't looked comfortable in New York. It's been a bad fit from the start. Where better to regroup from such a horrible year than his home town?
The Jaguars aren't a great team right now. That's why they're 2-12. But Tim Tebow fits into their organization perfectly and should make a big difference in 2013.
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