Tim Tebow Would Be Worth the Media Circus for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Ethan GrantAnalyst IOctober 7, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks on as he warms up 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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Why not?

At this point, that's the question the Jacksonville Jaguars' front office has to be asking itself when it comes to making a decision on whether or not to bring a former Florida star into the fold and let him have a go at running the offense at EverBank Field. 

And yes, we're talking about Tim Tebow

We all know that the media circus that comes with the former Heisman Trophy winner can be unbearable at times, but for a franchise headed nowhere fast, why not take a chance on a player with a career record as a starter (8-6) that's head-and-shoulders ahead of your current best option (Blaine Gabbert, 5-22)?

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 6: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass the ball against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 6, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Jaguars 34-20.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Ge
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Sure, the distraction of his mere presence would be disconcerting, but it's a distraction that takes the sting off of the idea that this Jacksonville team hasn't been competitive since drafting Gabbert as the 10th overall pick in 2011. 

And yet, head coach Gus Bradley is showing confidence in Gabbert at a time when no else in NFL circles is ready to do so. Jaguars.com's John Oehser explains:

In the words of Sheryl Crow, a change would do you good. 

It's a harrowing time to be a Jaguars fan. The team is off to an 0-5 start, Gabbert has been horrendous, management just traded former first-round pick Eugene Monroe to Baltimore for "multiple third-day draft picks" and 2013 first-rounder Luke Joeckel was lost for the season on Sunday to a high ankle fracture

Oh, and Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos are the team that looms on the schedule in Week 6.  

The only thing keeping Jacksonville supporters going has to be the idea that the No. 1 pick in the draft is in their future, and the top QB on the board—at this point it's Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater—will be in uniform during training camp next summer. 

And so the age-old NFL question awaits: is it better to tank for the top draft pick when you know the season is virtually over, or do you owe it to the fans to do everything in your power to remain competitive on a weekly basis?

If the answer for the Jaguars is the latter, Tebow is the man to call. 

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the New York Giants in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Imag
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We know that the media firestorm that awaits will be swift if Tebow rides in on his chariot to save the day. Heck, a group of fans has already created a website at the domain name www.Jags-Tebow.com with the question "Why Not?" as the obvious theme of their efforts to persuade management. 

As noted by Fox Sports' Twitter account, those same folks have taken to the air—literally—to spread their message of support of a Tebow signing:

There's no right answer in Jacksonville this season. The Gabbert experiment is a disaster, Chad Henne is nothing more than a serviceable backup and the losses will continue to pile up until something is done about the state of the offense. 

The world will continue to remain split on whether or not Tebow deserves another chance to be a starting QB in the NFL. His stats and throwing motion say no, but his record as a starter and will to win side with those in favor of yes. 

Why not, Jacksonville? Don't let the media circus scare you away. If it's Tebow time yet again, there will be droves of fans ready to welcome him with open arms. You could have done better, but at this point you're already doing worse.

 

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