Tim Tebow: Jaguars Shutting Door Leaves QB with No Chance to Revitalize Career

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2013

Tim Tebow's NFL career hit a major snag with the Jacksonville Jaguars turning down the shot to sign him
Tim Tebow's NFL career hit a major snag with the Jacksonville Jaguars turning down the shot to sign himKevin Casey/Getty Images

As the temperature continues to drop, Tim Tebow has been frozen out of the best chance to salvage what's left of his NFL career.

Back in December, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that Tebow moving to the Jacksonville Jaguars was a "virtual certainty."

My how things can change in the span of a few weeks.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reported that new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell all but eliminated the possibility of Tebow playing in Jacksonville next year.

Per Rosenthal's article:

"I can't imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar," Caldwell said at his introductory news conference.

It's rare you hear a whoosh come over an NFL news conference crowd. Some of the media members seemed taken aback.

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

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

If there was a secret regarding Tebow and what his NFL prospects truly were, it's already out among general managers.

The Jaguars were the perfect situation for one of the most polarizing players in the league.

In no other city would the fans get behind Tebow as much as they would have in Jacksonville. No matter how badly he played, Tebow would remain revered by so many Jags fans for what he did in high school and college.

In addition, Blaine Gabbert has looked far from a franchise quarterback. Tebow could have been given a real shot at the starting job, unlike in New York, where Mark Sanchez was clearly the man.

Fans in Jacksonville would have been much more patient as the Jaguars adjusted to Tebow and as he adjusted to an NFL offense. The Jaguars are a team in rebuild, and Tebow could have spearheaded that.

He really shot himself in the foot by choosing the New York Jets over the Jaguars last summer. In some respects, he's made his bed, now he has to sleep in it.

It was damning that Rex Ryan chose Greg McElroy over Tebow toward the end of the Jets' season. The fact his head coach preferred a seventh-round draft pick doesn't say much about the former Florida Gator.

Tebow's quarterbacking ability at the pro level has always come into question, and all of his critics were emboldened by him hardly playing a snap all season.

Wherever he goes now, Tebow will likely be sitting the bench for a second consecutive season. What team would want to take a chance on him then?

With Tebow, simply placing him in a normal offense won't work. An NFL team isn't going to reshape its entire offense to cater to a quarterback in his mid-20s who's been largely a disappointment, and it won't spend the time and money it takes to hone his skills.

There are plenty of other good players out there in free agency who have already proven themselves much more than Tebow. And then there's the countless number of quarterback prospects in the NFL draft each season.

It's ironic how Tebow's brother is rubbing the Denver Broncos' Divisional Round loss in their faces.

Last night, Peter Tebow tweeted this.

Am I the only one in Denver who's happy right now?

— Peter Tebow (@petertebow) January 13, 2013

Then a short time later, he retweeted this.

"That's karma, Elway." -- wife, Tebow-lover

— Ted Spiker (@ProfSpiker) January 13, 2013

Maybe it's also karma that a quarterback who probably never deserved to start for the Broncos last year sat on the bench for almost the entire 2012 season after being allowed to choose his new team.