Tim Tebow? Michael Vick? How About LeBron in 2010 for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Jags fans seem to be clamouring for something to brighten up their franchise. Recent articles have suggested Tebow and Vick, two guys that certainly could help, but they both come with certain downsides.
Vick hates dogs. Many sports fans in the city hate the Georgia Bulldogs and the city ranks in the bottom three for "dog friendly cities" according to this Men's Health article.
Seems like a perfect fit, right? Maybe not. The city probably doesn't want to cross over the line of dog apathy to dog hatred. Throwing Vick into the mix may do just that.
Plus the guy's pushing 29 years old and has been in prison for the last 19 months. Who knows if he can still run (we all know he can't pass). We've never seen him catch a pass either. Exactly what role would he play, outside of resident dog hater?
The negative publicity could paint the Jags as a "bad" franchise, which may be more interesting than their current "Who?" status throughout the nation, but I don't think it will sell more tickets.
Tebow's all the things Vick isn't. He's an efficient passer, a good, stand–up guy, and he only goes to prison to spread the gospel. He's also something Vick is, an excellent runner.
However, you can't overlook the fact that he's an unproven rookie, who again, does not fit into the Jags' scheme (unless you're kicking Garrard to the curb).
Tebow's a local with national success so he may boost ticket sales, but how much would he increase national exposure? Who knows.
In reality neither of these guys provide all the answers to the questions the Jags should be asking (how do we get better, how do we sell more tickets, how do we get on national TV, etc.). They also don't fit a role that needs fixing right now.
One guy fixes all the problems, and then some, LeBron James. Think Jordan to baseball, only effective.
Consider this: He's 6'9", 270+ lbs, and the fastest guy in the NBA. He probably translates to a high 4.3 sec.–low 4.4 sec. 40 yard dash time. There's no point questioning his strength, just look at those guns. Plus his vert is higher than anyone to ever play football.
Don't question his toughness if you're not a basketball fan. LeBron takes more hits, consistently, than any QB, and he does it without pads. The man's tough.
LeBron as a No. 1 receiver, whether you decide to call him a TE or not, immediately translates to 1,000+ yards and a sure thing red–zone option. He'd also set the record for blocked FGs and extra points.
On the field, he'd be a perennial Pro–Bowler.
Off the field, he'd generate more interest than the city of Jacksonville has ever managed.
The announcement of the Jags signing LeBron would immediately increase ticket interest by about 200 million people. If you think that number's too high, consider this: everyone in the nation would want Jags.
Every Jacksonville game would be a prime–time game. Single–handedly, the Jags would probably increase league revenue and, thus the salary cap, enough to pay for LeBron's $20+ million contract.
His contract's up after next year, Jags. Get on it.
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