Tim Tebow Would Be Worth the Media Circus for the Jacksonville Jaguars
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)?
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:
Bradley says Gabbert will remain starter if healthy.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) October 6, 2013
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.
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.
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:
Apparently there was a plane carrying a banner reading 'Tebow, Why Not?' flying around Jags stadium during the game: http://t.co/mZpkt5lu22— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 29, 2013
Should the Jaguars sign Tim Tebow?
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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