Yesterday, incoming Jaguars general manager David Caldwell remarked to a stunned and silent press corps that he "...can't imagine a scenario where Tim Tebow would be a Jacksonville Jaguar." A flabergasted Sam Kouvaris, who nearly guaranteed that Tebow was going to be a Jaguar, was clearly heard to shout, "Can you say that again?" Confidently, Caldwell repeated that he did not see a scenario where Tim Tebow would be a Jaguar. It is heartening to say that, not even a week into his tenure as general manager, David Caldwell has set the tone for the future of the franchise.
By declaring that Tebow would be a non-issue in January, Caldwell and the Jaguars created an environment where a reasoned, nuanced discussion about the team could be had. This is in contrast to the loud cacophony that follows the Tebow everywhere he goes. Fans of Tebow will scream and shout about the statement, and most have already. It is prudent then to understand why the Jaguars do not wish to go down the path of signing Tebow.
It is strange to say objectively that Tebow has not been given a chance to succeed at this point in his career. While he has been in the league for only three seasons, the amount of reps he has taken in both practice situations and in game situations is large. That being said, talent evaluators across the league have had three years to analyze and predict how he will progress as an NFL quarterback. During those three years, they have concluded that Tebow is not a viable quarterback. While it is certainly sexy to be the team that gives Tebow a chance, it is equally risky in that it may result in utter failure. The Jaguars are in no place to make such rash decisions.
While there will be acrimony amongst Tebow supporters toward the David Caldwell and the Jaguars, most of it is purely emotional and has no basis on football. Seeing Tebow as both a savior on the field and off the field is myopic and deranged. In pure football terms, Tebow is not a viable candidate for the position of quarterback. However, it is abundantly clear that the majority of those vouching for Tebow do not see him that way. Rather, they see him as the prudent, pious, and perfect shining individual that should be adored for his character and perseverance. They have allowed the veil of his personality and character cloud their judgement of his athletic skills. Good for them.
Quite frankly, we are tired of Tim Tebow. While we could certainly write about him for days, we at Big Cat Country write about the Jacksonville Jaguars. We are not in the Tim Tebow business. This is a Jaguars blog. We care about a team and that team is the Jacksonville Jaguars. By giving fans a definitive answer this early into the off-season, Caldwell has finally allowed Jaguars fans to think about this team's future rather than the future of one individual player.