Tim Tebow: Jacksonville Jaguars Make Great Decision Not Going After Jets QB

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 10, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Former Florida Gator and New York Jet Tim Tebow attends the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow will not be be a Jaguar.

New Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell used his introductory press conference to tell the world that his team will not pursue Tebow, despite multiple reports linking the two sides:

"I can't imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar," Caldwell said.

"Even if he's released?" one reporter asked.

"Even if he's released," Caldwell said.

"There will be an open competition, for the starting quarterback job," Caldwell said.

Let the Tim Tebow speculation continue!

Last month, it seemed like Tebow would surely be suiting up for the Jaguars next season and compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job, but now, his situation is just as muddled as before.

Caldwell made the right call for the Jaguars. While there will be many questioning his decision to rule out any chance of acquiring the New York Jets quarterback, the Jags don't need all the unwanted media attention and speculation that comes with Tebow.

In fact, the press has actually hurt Tebow in some ways. Whenever he succeeds, the media reveres him and, when he struggles, the media blames the coaches. This, in turn, led to him being considered a good quarterback by fans, though players ranked him the most overrated player in the league, after which he blamed the media.

We've seen it since the day Tebow worked his way into the NFL. Wherever he goes, the press will follow along with a quarterback controversy.

Because Tebow is such an interesting player and personality, he has warranted more press attention than any current NFL player and perhaps any sports figure in history.

This publicity has also hurt his teams.

While Tebow did lead the Broncos to the playoffs, the fact remains that they were supposed to rely on Kyle Orton. However, the quarterback controversy spawned by the media tore the team apart until it was forced to put Tebow under center.

In New York, the situation was even worse.

Mark Sanchez knew that he had to play well or else lose his job, and because he was under such scrutiny he struggled. Sanchez eventually did lose his starting job, but it was not Tebow who started. Instead, it was third-stringer Greg McElroy.

The quarterbacks that Tebow competes with always seem to get the short end of the stick, and it isn't time for Gabbert to fall to Tebow yet.

Gabbert is the second-youngest starting quarterback in NFL at 23 years old, and the Jaguars have not yet given him a fair chance. He has not yet been given sufficient weapons to utilize in Jacksonville, as he worked with two young, inexperienced wide receivers in Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon as his top targets.

If Gabbert were given a veteran wideout who could help him mature as well, we could see him develop into a decent quarterback in time, but adding Tebow would essentially end his development in Jacksonville.

Tebow's future now lies with his current team: the Jets.

Tebow said that he has no regrets from this season and still won't talk about his plans for next year. These are signs that could indicate that he might want to stay in New York.

There are very few teams desperate enough to pursue Tebow, and that could lead to him remaining with the Jets.