Jacksonville Jaguars: Why Tim Tebow Would Have Saved Jack Del Rio's Job
When this assignment came across my "desk" (computer), I just sort of laughed.
Well, I can answer that in one sentence: Because Tim Tebow can do anything, obviously.
Tebow would have the Indianapolis Colts at 11-0 right now. Tebow would have ended the NBA lockout months ago.
Tebow would have the Jacksonville Jaguars contending for the playoffs right now.
All joking aside, is this really that far-fetched of a statement?
Look at the pieces that the Denver Broncos are currently winning with. A very good run game, an even better defense and, of course, the glue that brings it all together, Tim Tebow.
Now take a look at Jacksonville.
Maurice Jones-Drew is a better running back than Willis McGahee or any back in Denver. The Broncos are averaging more yards per carry as a team, but MJD has no trouble running the ball in Jacksonville.
On the defensive side of the ball is where the Broncos have been winning their games. And Jacksonville? They are allowing the fourth least amount of yards per game.
If they could put up more points on offense, the Jags would easily be a playoff contender right now.
Therein lies the problem, though. Jacksonville has a lot of good parts, but Blaine Gabbert isn't getting the job done. He's completing just 48 percent of his passes and has six touchdowns to his six interceptions.
Simple. Would Tebow have saved Jack Del Rio's job?
In short, he's throwing the ball about as well as Tebow, but he doesn't come with any of the running skills.
All the blame shouldn't necessarily be thrown on Gabbert, however, as he hardly has any dominant receivers to work with.
That also points to the fact that not even an average-throwing quarterback would save this team. It has to be one with a different type of skill set. And that's Tebow, who provides a unique running ability.
The Jags have lost four games this season by less than a touchdown.
It can't be denied that, for some reason, Tebow brings his A-game in the fourth quarter. If he was in Jacksonville during those, you have to believe that would have won two or three of those games, including last week's matchup against a banged up Houston team.
That brings their record up to 6-5, which would have them in a tie for second in the AFC South and still just a game behind the Texans.
Tebow wouldn't have been able to salvage the seasons of teams like St. Louis, Minnesota or Indianapolis. But outside of the quarterback position, the Jaguars aren't that different than the Denver Broncos.
Inserting Tebow into that lineup, as crazy as it might sound, he would have saved Del Rio's job.
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