NFL fanatics, guess what? The NFL season is over already. Wait, this is September right? We still have a few months left. Well, apparently the Jacksonville Jaguars didn't get the message, because they are already planning their off season.
The Jaguars' owner Wayne Weaver apparently does not like his QB scene, because he is already planning on drafting Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow with his No. 1 pick. The Jags are now set to have a bad season according to Weaver.
The Jaguars would have to lose at least 11-to-12 games, to even have a chance at a top pick.
Of course, people can see why Weaver would want a guy like Tebow. He is immensely popular, especially in the Florida area. His popularity will help the team get people in the seats.
Their attendance is terrible; toward, if not at the bottom of the league. Their team is not wonderful, but they have had good seasons in the past. Yet their attendance records have never been the best in the league.
They do need a superstar like Tebow to come in and help. I can bet that the same stadium the Jags play in will be packed when the Gators come in there later on in the year. The reason why could be success.
See, the Jags have never been a Super Bowl contender year-after-year like the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens. Wonder why these three teams are toward the top in attendance? Success.
The Jags need that, which is also something Tebow can bring. He is a former Heisman Trophy winner, and could possibly win another one this year. Not to mention, he has won two National Titles at Florida, and once again, he could win another this year.
So, if things go to plan for Tebow, your looking at a two-time Heisman Trophy winner and three-time National Champion. Success? I think we can safely say Tebow has had that, even if he doesn't win another Heisman or NC.
While Weaver didn't come out and say, "Hey media, I want Tebow on my team in 2010," his little conversation with the media pretty much said that, just with more words than needed:
"The game is such an important part of this community, and Tebow is such an iconic figure that people would legitimately think, 'Wouldn’t it be great if he was a Jaguar,'" Weaver said. "I’d be silly to sit here and think that’s not going to be a huge thing."
"Clearly there’s going to be a groundswell for Tebow, and we’ll have to make that evaluation, if we have a draft pick that’s going to be anywhere near him."
Um...yeah, he should have just said, "We will draft Tebow." It would have saved him more oxygen.
Tebow is a wonderful player, but wouldn't you think it would be better for your team to not talk about the 2010 offseason at the beginning of the 2009 season?
Is it just me who thinks you should encourage the players you already have, then focus on the off-season, well, in the off-season? Maybe I'm a traditionalist and the times are changing.
I guess we will talk about 2014 in 2011, just to make sure we're all ready. I guess the cool thing now is to talk about getting players to replace others, which discourage the ones already there. Because that is obviously the new way to run a successful NFL team.
Thank you Mr. Weaver.
The terrible economy may not be the cause of the low attendance, nor is it that you don't have a superstar coach or QB, it's the fact that the poor business and drafting skills have led your team into what could be financial ruin.
If you would have drafted better players before all of this, and have a coach in there who is a proven winner, then possibly you could have a wonderful team that could compete for the Super Bowl year in and out.
Tebow is not going to save your team. Success will change your team. So while Tebow has had success in college, I could tell you about hundreds who had success there that didn't transition into the NFL.
Does anyone remember Ryan Leaf?
One QB will not turn your team around. While he may be able to take over a game in college, it will take time for him to do something like that at the pro level. Also, you need a good team around him to help him win.
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and other superstar QB's have had good coaching and a good team around them. Brady didn't have superstar receivers until just a few years ago, but he had a great coach and offensive line to help him out.
Manning had the same thing, just he had Marvin Harrison to help him most of his career. Then, he came along even better, but that is also due to good coaching and a good work ethic on top of having a good team around him.
Tebow can and will be successful in the NFL, but he won't do it right away and by himself. The Jags need to build a good team around him, but will that happen? Not to sure, especially with the current team.
If they haven't done it before, what makes you think they will do it now? What Weaver should be doing is analyzing why they haven't had a successful team lately, and why they haven't had wonderful drafting choices that have led them to a Super Bowl.
Sure, there have been great additions to the team through the draft like Maurice Jones-Drew, but the departure of Fred Taylor, which I find to be a mistake, will mean that Jones-Drew will have to do more, and that will get to him eventually.
Once the Jaguars had two of the hardest backs to stop, that teams needed to fear, now they have just one small running back that can be stopped on his own.
The receivers have not been wonderful, and why has there not been a better QB drafted before? Byron Leftwich has been gone for a while hasn't he? And seriously, David Garrard is not going to be a franchise QB.
They do need Tebow, but as I said, until they get a better team, Tebow won't be successful and attendance will still be down. The fans want a winning team, is that so hard to figure out, Mr. Weaver?
I know Tim Tebow can divide by zero, order a Big Mac at Burger King, and he he won the Tour de France on a unicycle to prove to Lance Armstrong it wasn't a big deal. But, he won't save your franchise Weaver, I'm just saying.
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