Tim Tebow: How the Jaguars Should Build Around Unorthodox Quarterback in 2013
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2012
Chris Mortensen, you just raised the hearts of thousands of Jacksonville Jaguars fans. Once the furor dies down around the future move, though, Jags fans will be left wondering what the offense will actually look like under Tebow.
The Denver Broncos gave a little clue on how to use Tebow when he rocked a six-game winning streak in 2011.
What they did was dominate on the ground, with Willis McGahee and Tebow pounding defenses. As a team, they racked up 164.5 rushing yards per game. This set up deep passes for Tebow, who really can't throw the ball any other way.
On those deep balls, though, Tebow was solid. He threw for 551 yards on 63 attempts for five touchdowns on deep balls, almost a third of his total yardage.
With this in mind, what do the Jaguars have that Tebow can work with, and what do they need to do to build around him?
Maurice Jones-Drew, when healthy, is one of the best backs in the game and should help provide Tebow with the running attack he needs. The Jaguars can get a little smash-and-dash going, with Tebow providing the smash and Jones-Drew the dash.
Justin Blackmon is also a good player to pair with Tebow. Since Tebow is the kind of quarterback who just throws the ball up to his deep threats, he needs receivers who can win jump-ball battles. Blackmon can do that for sure, and he can also make plays after the catch on screens as well.
Cecil Shorts is another nice target for Tebow. His speed is incredible, as he's averaged 18.9 yards per catch. Expect a few rainbows between Tebow and Shorts, should this trade really happen.
The Jaguars will need more of those kinds of receivers to help Tebow succeed. Da'Rick Rogers is a guy to look at in the draft, with jump-ball ability and great run-after-the-catch skills.
To really help Tebow, though, the Jaguars will need to invest in their defense. No matter what, Tebow will not be the kind of quarterback to post 30 points a game. He is a ball-control, grind-it-out quarterback, and that won't work if the Jaguars can't stop anybody.
A good place to start would be with the pass rush, which has notched just 15 sacks this season. Jason Babin and Terrance Knighton are nice pieces to build around, but a stud like Jarvis Jones from Georgia could really make a difference for this defense.
All in all, the Jaguars look set on turning Tim Tebow into their starting quarterback in 2013, if Chris Mortensen is to be believed. That means they need to build around him and give him a real chance to succeed. These moves would do just that.
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