“I can't imagine a scenario where [Tebow would] be a Jaguar, even if he's released,” said Caldwell on Jan. 10, according to ESPN.
Five months later, Jacksonville fans, who didn’t want to imagine such a scenario, launched a website protesting the signing of Tebow, evenifhesreleased.com. Four months later, their only prayer of sniffing a win may be him.
The Jaguars were abused by the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly on offense, in a Week 1 28-2 loss. They accumulated just 178 total yards and 107 net yards passing after taking six sacks. Blaine Gabbert also threw two interceptions.
Tebow couldn’t play much worse.
The same unorthodox quarterback who led a 2-5 Denver Broncos team to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs in 2011 would ignite a sliver of hope in Jacksonville. He wouldn’t be enough for the Jaguars to make the playoffs—that would require divine intervention.
The 2011 Denver Broncos defense and special teams units were much more talented than a Jaguars defense that allowed a Chiefs offense, just one year removed from being the worst in the NFL, to rack up 291 yards and three touchdowns.
Tebow could, however, make them competitive. Denver ran the football 117 more times than it threw in 2011. Tebow’s playing style would help milk the clock and slow the game down, giving the Jaguars a chance to pull an upset in the fourth quarter if they could keep it close.
This is a strategy that a 2.5-yards-a-play Jacksonville must consider employing if they can’t pick up the pace in the coming weeks.
This is Gabbert’s third professional season. He finished Sunday with 121 passing yards and completed just 16 of 35 attempts.
If Gabbert fails to show improvement by Week 4, the odds that he impresses Jaguars executives enough to not be succeeded by Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd or one of the other handful of promising quarterback prospects in the 2014 draft class is slim to none. Caldwell should then pick up the phone and dial Tebow’s agent immediately.
As attractive as it sounds to throw the season for the No. 1 overall pick and Bridgewater, fans would struggle to find a Jaguars player or coach who views going 0-16 in the same light. Not necessarily Tebow's talent, but the type of player that he is could make them competitive. It's been done before.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.