All is not lost for Tim Tebow, even though the 2012 chapter of his career may have made it seem that way.
Tebow is certainly a polarizing player—to the fans and, it seems, to his own teammates. They either believe in him or they think he's a fraud.
But just because he didn't work out for the New York Jets doesn't mean he won't work out for some other team, at some other point—like maybe next year.
At this stage, it seems to be a certainty that Tebow is going to be moved this offseason, possibly (probably?) to Jacksonville, where he is still a beloved legend. As of Dec. 23, the latest rumors were that Tebow was going to be a Jaguar by the start of the 2013 season, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
And maybe that's not such a bad move for Jacksonville.
To be fair, Tebow didn't get a shot in 2012. We've all heard the rumblings that the coaching staff didn't believe in him, that he looked awful in practice, that he didn't deserve a shot at the starting job even after Mark Sanchez was benched because he didn't pan out in practice. But we never saw much of anything from him. It was hard to make an assessment on just how bad he was based on eight pass attempts.
If a team knows how to use Tebow, we've seen that he can be effective. He wasn't perfect with the Denver Broncos last year, but he did, after all, win a playoff game—and that's more than Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III can say for themselves this year.
Tebow will never stop being polarizing. Maybe that's his own fault. He turned himself into enough of a character that he's currently being spoofed on a primetime ABC drama (or so we think), and he gave himself this goody-two-shoes reputation. But that still shouldn't take away from his potential, and he at least has a little bit of it.
Jacksonville is a team that should gamble on that potential. What does it have to lose? The Jaguars went 2-14 last season. Their offense (13.9 points per game) was the third-worst in the NFL. Neither Chad Henne nor Blaine Gabbert was effective, either due to ineptitude or injury. If the Jaguars are ever going to be able to compete with Houston and Indianapolis in the AFC South, they're going to need a competent quarterback.
Tebow may not be Andrew Luck, and he clearly isn't Matt Schaub, but he was a big part of why the Broncos won the AFC West last year.
Plus, the asking price for Tebow is never going to be lower than it is right now, and Lord knows the Jets don't want him sticking around. The move makes sense for a lot of reasons—but primarily, as Rosenthal points out, because "Tebow, who's from Jacksonville, will be able to fill seats."
Could Tebow still be a bust? Sure. Anyone could be. But the book isn't closed on him just yet. He hasn't been given a fair opportunity just yet. The whole Jets experiment totally backfired, but that isn't necessarily is fault—not completely.
There are some teams out there that could still benefit from a little bit of Tebow Time before we officially close the book on him.
And at the very least, if Jacksonville takes that gamble, at least they'll sell a few more tickets because of it.