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Tim Tebow Remains Jacksonville Jaguars' Best Hope of Saving Season

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16:  Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 4, 2013

As can be seen on its official website, a group called "JAGS-TEBOW, WHY NOT?" has been rallying for the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign quarterback Tim Tebow. The group struck again on Sunday, Sept. 29, flying a banner over the Jaguars' home stadium that read, "Tebow, Why Not?"

If Jacksonville is hoping to save its season, it needs to ask that same question.

Tebow is one of the most mercurial professional athletes in recent memory, becoming just as popular amongst fans as he is criticized amongst detractors. Unfortunately for Jacksonville, its current quarterback situation doesn't offer any reason to believe it's better off without Tebow.

As an 0-4 football team that hasn't been offensively competitive in any of its games, desperate times will call for desperate measures.

Rather than continuing to trust a franchise quarterback who has done nothing but disappoint and generate minimal revenue, the Jaguars should invest in a player that can offer some form of benefit. The recently released Josh Freeman, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, comes to mind, but Tebow has something that no other option does.

Tebow is both a local star and an undeniable cash cow.

 

It Can't Get Any Worse

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars calls a time out during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on September 29, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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As it presently stands, the Jaguars have the undisputed worst passing attack in all of the NFL. The running game hasn't been much better, but when it comes to Jacksonville's 0-4 start, nothing has been as telling as the absence of reliable quarterback play.

Through four games, Jacksonville has a team completion percentage of 53.0 percent with one total passing touchdown and seven interceptions to 18 sacks allowed.

Chad Henne has been relatively strong, but franchise quarterback Blaine Gabbert is the true story here. In his third season since going No. 10 overall in the 2011 NFL draft, Gabbert has career numbers of 4,176 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and 23 fumbles on a completion percentage of 53.4 through 27 games.

Twenty-two interceptions and 23 fumbles to 21 total touchdowns is what you call failure.

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators celebrates with fans after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Gators won the game by
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Tim Tebow may not be a better passer than Gabbert, but he's proven in the past that he's a respected presence in the locker room and a pure money generator. Even if he doesn't win many games for Jacksonville, he'll make them significantly more money than Gabbert or Henne in terms of jersey and ticket sales.

You can thank his status as a college football legend for that.

Tebow attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, which is located 68.74 miles away from Jacksonville, per Mapquest.com. In that time, Tebow won two national titles, two SEC championships, one Heisman Trophy and two Maxwell Awards.

Hate him or love him, watching Tebow and Maurice Jones-Drew run an option-style offense would certainly be more entertaining than what Jacksonville is attempting to do with Gabbert and Henne.

By signing Tebow, Jacksonville would bring the same dedicated fans to home games that consistently sold out Florida Gators battles. It may not be a weekly sellout in Jacksonville, but interest and television coverage would rise, and revenue would improve.

Something Jacksonville is in dire need of.

 

Creating Hope and Interest

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Jacksonville Jaguars fans react to losing during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on September 29, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Signing Tebow wouldn't make the Jaguars an instant postseason contender, and in the end, they may not win many games. What acquiring the former Florida Gators star would do, however, is create hope and interest amongst the team's local fans.

For the sake of revenue, the Jaguars certainly need that type of help.

According to ESPN, Jacksonville has filled just 88.7 percent of its seats during its first two home games. By comparison, the Jaguars had an attendance rate of 96.8 percent in 2012 when the team went 2-14.

Clearly, fans have lost hope.

As it presently stands, the Jaguars are an 0-4 football team that has lost three separate games by at least 26 points. Worst of all, the Jaguars have scored two touchdowns all season, and both came during a 45-17 Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

How much worse could it possibly get than this?

The worst-case scenario is that Tebow comes to Jacksonville and the Jaguars have a jersey that fans actually want to buy. The best-case scenario is that he helps to make games more competitive by bringing the locker room together and drawing negative attention off of his teammates and onto himself.

It may not be the most ideal situation, but if Jacksonville wants to save its season from a football and financial perspective, it needs to sign Tebow.

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