"...that's one of the greatest things I've seen at a press conference in a long time."
The sports world was abuzz on Thursday and Friday after new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell told a reporter during his introductory press conference that any dreams of a hometown reunion for Tim Tebow should be squashed. Among the many people that chose to chime in with their opinions of the comment was Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who told Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he approved of the tough stance taken by Caldwell.
"That's big, especially for our quarterbacks. First question out of the mouth of a reporter is: What do you think about Tim Tebow? You know, he's not on our team. You want to focus on the guys you have in your locker room. For him to come out and be direct and forward with where we're going, that's one of the greatest things I've seen at a press conference in a long time."
Jones-Drew, 27, has spent seven seasons with the Jaguars after they selected him in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, but is entering the final year of the contract he signed in the 2009 offseason. After a lengthy holdout during the 2012 offseason, Jones-Drew played in just six games before a foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Caldwell was hired by the Jaguars on Tuesday and was introduced at a press conference on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday, Caldwell fired Mike Mularkey as head coach of the team.