Tim Tebow's Fan-Led Campaign to Join Jacksonville Jaguars Harms QB's NFL Outlook

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIISeptember 29, 2013

Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow (5) leaves the field after the second half of a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots won 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow has plenty of fans despite not occupying an NFL roster, which has resulted in a Jacksonville Jaguars fan campaign for the franchise to sign the former first-round pick.

The link between Tebow and Jacksonville stems from his Florida connection, but the latest publicity involving the prospective move—dismissed by GM David Caldwell as a possibility in the past—hurts the 26-year-old's chances of being a quarterback in the league.

Tebow insists he remains in "relentless pursuit" of his dream:

Jaguar fans' zeal isn't helping him, though.

An open letter penned by Eric Holshouser, the leader of the "Jags4Tebow" movement that has a whopping 374 "likes" on Facebook, goes to great lengths to justify acquiring the polarizing signal-caller.

The problem: Caldwell isn't listening, nor is anyone else in a position to bring Tebow in.

According to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, a plane will fly over the Jags' home EverBank Field during Sunday's game against the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts. It will sport a Tebow banner.

Not only do these developments overshadow the game at hand, but it's also a bad look for Tebow and the Jacksonville franchise, and it would only further alienate the team from bringing him in.

Let's face it, wherever Tebow goes, there's an unequivocal circus in the media.

Only the New England Patriots, who gave Tebow a chance in training camp and preseason to earn a roster spot, could defuse such a spectacle. 

Even under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who hand-picked Tebow as his franchise QB when he was head coach of the Denver Broncos, Tebow couldn't cut it. The mentoring of the legendary Tom Brady and tireless effort working to improve his throwing motion haven't netted Tebow a quarterback job in the NFL—even as a third-stringer.

As bad as the Jaguars' quarterback situation looks right now with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, bringing in Tebow would be a mere short-term fix at best.

May 13, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert (11) and Chad Henne (7) chat as they walk off the field after organized team activities at The Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sea
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If Tebow were to somehow go on a miraculous run as he did in Denver in 2011, it would be a stop-gap solution at the game's most important position. None of the 32 front offices around the league seem to believe in Tebow as a viable backup option, much less a long-term answer at QB.

Tebow turned down a shot to play two games for $1 million in Russia, but he has an offer to play for the LA Kiss in the Arena Football League, where he could improve on the 50-yard field in the areas he most needs to—making quick decisions and short passing accuracy.

Instead of letting the fans speak for him, it is time for Tebow to find a job as a quarterback outside of the NFL if he truly wants to have a chance at making it back to pro football's highest level.