This just in: Tim Tebow will need coaching before he is able to start at quarterback in the NFL. I thought it necessary to share that valuable information with the world.
Seriously, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that Tebow is going to need coaching and development if he is going to succeed in the NFL as a QB. Who knows—he may never make the transition. But if he is going to make an impact, the team that drafts him will need patience and a very good QB coach to help him.
In the meantime, Tebow can impact one NFL team immediately—the Jacksonville Jaguars. All but one home game during the 2009 season was blacked out in Jacksonville, and owner Wayne Weaver knows that he needs to put fannies back in those empty seats as soon as possible. Tebow's presence on the sideline would be a compelling factor in accomplishing that goal.
However, once he is drafted by the Jaguars, Tebow will need an action plan if he is going to be more than a public relations and marketing tool. Here are a few ideas the Jaguars can do to bring him up to speed to eventually replace David Garrard.
First and foremost, the Jaguars need to plan on Tebow roaming the sidelines with a clipboard in his hands. He can learn the offense, assist with play calls, and become David Garrard's right hand man.
If you ever watched a Florida Gator game when Tebow wasn't in the game, he looked as if he was the coach when he stood on the sidelines. Don't be surprised if one day he replaces Urban Meyer at Florida.
If you a recall, there was another "project" QB that came out of Alcorn State by the name of Steve McNair. Granted, there were other reasons why McNair stayed on the sidelines for two or three seasons, but the result turned out to be pretty good.
Carlos Dunlap reminds me of another Gator great—Jevon Kearse. He has incredible athletic ability along with freakish but natural skills. When fully engaged he is a game changer.
Dunlap should be a top-10 pick unless he pulls another bone-headed move like the DUI he was arrested for prior to the SEC Championship game. Will that arrest make NFL scouts pursue Dunlap with caution, or view it simply as a blip on the radar and look past it?
Which teams could take a long, hard look at Dunlap? I see Seattle or Cleveland taking him with the sixth or seventh pick, respectively.
If he falls out of the top-10, I can see Seattle or Tennessee taking him with the 14th or 16th pick, respectively.
While he carries a clipboard for his first two or three seasons in Jacksonville, why not utilize him in a Wildcat package?
As a freshman at the University of Florida, he was Chris Leak's backup, and regularly ran the ball in short yardage and/or goal line situations. Obviously there are questions around his passing abilities; there are no questions about his running skill, power, and toughness.
Moreover, how about an occasional jump-pass? Surely Jaguars fans would love to see Tebow hit Marcedes Lewis in the end zone.
Coach Mike Shula, the current QB coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and former Alabama Crimson Tide head coach in 2006, pursued Tebow with a vengeance, and almost lured Tebow to Tuscaloosa.
Now he can have him full-time.
If the Jaguars draft Tebow, Coach Jack Del Rio and Wayne Weaver should make Shula's only job that of developing Tebow. If not Shula, then hire someone that would be Tebow's personal mentor and coach for two or three seasons.
The love and respect Tebow has earned would easily be leveraged in his hometown of Jacksonville. Weaver knows this and, let's face it, drafting Tebow would bring instant gratification to those fans that have passed on renewing their season tickets.
Also, Tebow is not shy about getting involved with charitable and other public affairs, and this would do wonders for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That is what Tebow—Jaguar fans are dreaming. If all the pieces fall into place, then Tebow could be the starting QB in 2013. Garrard was drafted by the Jaguars in 2002, and will be entering his 11th season and nearing retirement.
Obviously this is all conjecture, and we have no idea what is going to happen with Tim Tebow. Conventional wisdom leads us to believe that the Jacksonville Jaguars is the best place for Tebow to attempt a career in the NFL.
If he doesn't make it as a QB, the Jaguars could use him as a H-back or TE. Regardless, Tebow has an uphill battle if he wants to be a QB in the NFL.