Following two pitiful losses to start the 2013 regular season, most Jacksonville Jaguars fans are already looking forward to having the No. 1 overall pick in next spring's 2014 NFL draft.
But one group of Jags supporters isn't ready to give up on 2013—or free-agent quarterback and North Florida product Tim Tebow.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated's John Otano, a rally was organized at Jags-Tebow.com. The website's mission reads as follows: "Make it clear, we the fans, want the Jacksonville Jaguars to bring in Tim Tebow. You know you want to see this happen."
The rally was scheduled to start at 3:16 p.m. ET and last three hours and 16 minutes, playing off the Bible verse John 3:16, which Tebow famously wore on his eyeblack during Florida's win over Oklahoma in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game in Miami.
Tim Duval of Bold City Brigade was at the rally and revealed an underwhelming turnout.
Whoa. There's a ton of people. https://t.co/mpqvg9TLDk— Tim Duval (@MadeByTim) September 16, 2013
Media to rally ratio pic.twitter.com/XZQseWTNi9— Tim Duval (@MadeByTim) September 16, 2013
Lots of Denver fans. Not so many Jets or Patriots though. pic.twitter.com/tDxviVQEPt— Tim Duval (@MadeByTim) September 16, 2013
It's hard to argue that Jacksonville could be any worse off with Tebow under center. After all, the Jaguars' offense has scored just 11 points through the first two weeks of the season. In addition to ranking dead last in the NFL in points per game, Jacksonville ranks 28th in the league in passing yards and 30th in rushing yards.
The Jaguars haven't had terrible quarterback play thus far, but it's been ineffective, to say the least.
Veteran Chad Henne is completing nearly 64 percent of his passes through the first two weeks and has 277 yards (6.3 yards per attempt), one touchdown and zero interceptions. Meanwhile, former first-round draft pick Blaine Gabbert struggled immensely in Week 1, completing 45.7 percent of his throws for 121 yards (3.5 yards per attempt), zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
Tebow—who went to high school at nearby Ponte Vedra and became a legend with the Gators—has plenty of NFL starting experience, having led the Denver Broncos to the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs in 2011. He played three full NFL seasons from 2010 through 2012, appearing in 35 regular-season games for the Broncos and New York Jets.
Would signing Tim Tebow make the Jaguars better?
However, the Jets rarely used him under center and ultimately released him after the 2012 season. After signing a deal with the New England Patriots in the offseason, Tebow was cut following the team's final preseason game, but announced he would not give up his pursuit of becoming an NFL quarterback.
Although signing Tebow would surely boost jersey sales and have people talking about the Jaguars for the first time in a long time, it would no doubt turn the franchise into a circus. Yet perhaps that's what the Jaguars need.
There's no denying that Jacksonville is in desperate need of a spark, but unless the team improves around the quarterback position, signing Tebow likely isn't going to change a whole lot.