Tim Tebow Would Only Be a Distraction for Jaguars

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JULY 26: Tim Tebow #5 interacts with the media after the first day of New England Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium on July 26, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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As the 0-3 Jacksonville Jaguars stumble along, amid poor defense and bad quarterback play, fans are naturally clamoring for the team to sign Tim Tebow, who became a legend in Florida after leading the Gators to national championships in 2007 and 2009.

The Jaguars have announced they will not, under any circumstances, sign Tebow. Instead, amid plummeting attendance, they offered free beer for Sunday's home game against the Indianapolis Colts, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Folks, if the Jaguars won't sign Tebow now, they will never sign him. 

And you should be thankful.

When Tebow led the Denver Broncos over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 playoffs, it blinded a lot of fans.

Fortunately for Broncos fans, John Elway saw clearly, and made a move to sign Peyton Manning in the offseason. 

But the New York Jets signed Tebow for a full season, and it only added to a miserable 2012 campaign. Fans were practically breaking down the doors at Jets headquarters, as Mark Sanchez stunk it up.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  (L-R) Tim Tebow #15 and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talk during warm ups against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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The Jets didn't err in keeping Tebow off the field. They erred in signing him in the first place. It brought an unwelcome distraction, through no fault of Tebow's, as the franchise attempted to create any semblance of stability.

The New England Patriots were at least wise enough to cut Tebow before the regular season began this year. 

Make no mistake about it, the Jaguars' young quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, has been awful this season. So has backup Chad Henne.

If he had enough pass attempts to qualify this season, Gabbert would rank dead last in yards per pass attempt (3.46). This comes off a dreadful season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs in which he went 16-of-35 for 121 yards while tossing two interceptions and no touchdowns.

Henne ranks 29th in yards per pass attempt since taking over for Gabbert against the Chiefs. Last week, he went 18-of-38 for 235 yards against the Seattle Seahawks while tossing two interceptions and no touchdowns.

But that is no reason to throw Tebow into the mix. Neither is plummeting attendance.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 08:  Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at EverBank Field on September 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Look at what happened when the Jets moved on from Tebow (and Sanchez): They found a promising young quarterback in Geno Smith. Who knows, perhaps Tebow would play better than Gabbert or Henne. But he wouldn't get the Jaguars any closer to becoming a true contender. He would only delay the process, and cause unwanted drama for the franchise in the process.

The best franchises promote stability. They make calculated decisions that at least point the team in the right direction. There are no short-term solutions—only long-term ones.

Tebow would, indeed, be a short-term solution...at least in terms of raising attendance in Jacksonville. But a bunch of short-term solutions don't ultimately help a franchise progress any further. It's giving fans what they want now, while jeopardizing your future and never aspiring to be anything greater than a circus.

Jaguars fans may be upset that the team isn't giving Tebow a shot, but they would be much more upset in the long term if Tebow was brought aboard. It would show that the Jaguars aren't striving to be great.


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