Tim Tebow: Jacksonville Isn't the Place for QB to Improve

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVDecember 24, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterbacks Tim Tebow #15 and Mark Sanchez #6, look on as teammate Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets passes before the start of their game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Much talk has been made of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow joining the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason, but the move isn't in Tebow's best interests if he desires to get back to playoff-caliber football.

Jaguars fans are pointing to the fact that Tebow played his college ball just down the street at Gainesville, for the Florida Gators. He won a Heisman Trophy there and two national championships, and would certainly help sell tickets for one of the most struggling NFL franchises.

But how would that help Tebow? If anything, it would hurt his chances of improving.

With all of the distractions that would come from his alma mater so close by, it would be detrimental to his focus on the game. While Tebow is known for his hard work ethic, he'd be best set at a franchise that doesn't have such close ties to his former life.

Though that's far from the only reason Tebow should avoid Jacksonville. The level of play of the Jaguars in the last five years should be an indication that his talents would never improve while he was a Jaguar.

Ever since the days of Fred Taylor and Mark Brunell, things haven't been so pretty in Jacksonville. And over the last couple of seasons, they've gone from bad to worse.

2012 was the Jags' eighth losing season since the new millennium. They've only reached the playoffs twice since then, having not reached the postseason since 2007.

A poor rushing attack has been their biggest cause for concern this season, as they currently rank No. 30 in the league in rush yards per contest.

While Tebow might help that number improve, the stat certainly indicates that he'd have a tough time utilizing his dual-threat abilities behind a weak offensive line.

It's no secret that their talent level is far from where it needs to be to be a contender for the playoffs. And the division in which they dwell in doesn't help, either.

In the AFC South, the Jaguars will have to play the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts twice apiece every season. The Texans are the class of the AFC and are only getting better with a young defense. And the Colts—well, you know how young they are, and they still went from league-worst to a playoff berth in one season. 

There's no doubting that Jacksonville would be lucky to land Tebow. He'd sell a ridiculous number of tickets, and pump life into a lifeless fanbase.

But, how does that benefit Tebow? It's not like he's ever been anything but the center of attention.

The Jags are far from the only team looking for a quarterback. Tebow could find himself in Arizona, Kansas City, Miami, perhaps Oakland or one of any number of other places where he'd have a legitimate shot at starting on a much better team.

Denver was the perfect place for Tebow, as he benefited from a strong defense that kept his team in the game and gave him a chance to win in the fourth quarter. But Tebow wasn't the answer for Denver, obviously. 

Another reason Tebow worked well with the Broncos was their weak division. If he can find himself in a division with mostly sub-.500 teams, it could help him work his magic and pick up victories.

Tebow is not done as a starting quarterback in the NFL. But a move to Jacksonville would doom his career and be the last real shot he has at proving his worth as a starter.