Report: Tim Tebow's Previous Coaches Complained He Doesn't Try to Calm 'TebowMania'May 31, 2021
Tim Tebow hasn't made many public comments since signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which is seemingly a change in strategy from his past opportunities in the NFL.
Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated argued some of the challenges for teams was when "TebowMania" turns into a "circus."
"If there’s one common complaint I’ve heard from his past coaches about it, it’s not that he’s actively fueling it," Breer wrote. "Moreso, it’s that he doesn’t do anything to calm it down."
Tebow last played an NFL regular-season game in 2012, but he signed a one-year deal with the Jaguars as a tight end this offseason after playing quarterback during his first stint in the league.
Even with the time away, the University of Florida product remains wildly popular and recently had the two highest-selling jerseys in the NFL:
While fan support is not necessarily a negative, it can be a distraction for a team looking to turn things around after a 1-15 season. The focus ends up being on a reserve player rather than the starters, which could cause problems when there are calls for more playing time.
Tebow came off the bench for the New York Jets in 2012 before getting preseason opportunities with the New England Patriots in 2013 and Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, generating plenty of headlines at each stop.
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is clearly hoping the 33-year-old can help on the field, but he would probably like to avoid the potential negatives that come with signing Tebow.